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  1. Can I make online payments?

    No, the State Bar of Georgia only accepts checks or money orders for pro hac vice applications. The check or money order should be made payable to the State Bar Georgia and submitted directly to the State Bar Georgia with a copy of the application. 

  2. Does my sponsor have to reside in Georgia?

    The rule does not require the sponsoring attorney to reside in Georgia. 

  3. Does pro hac vice admission transfer from the lower courts to the appellate courts?

    No, your admission does not transfer from one court to the next court. You must file a separate pro hac vice application in each court. 

  4. Does the State Bar of Georgia have a sample pro hac vice application?

    Yes, you can use the verified application for pro hac vice admission form which will generate a pleading for you. However, we do not have a copy to provide.

  5. Does the State Bar of Georgia keep a list of sponsors?

    No, the State Bar of Georgia does not keep a list of sponsors for pro hac vice applicants. 

  6. Does the State Bar of Georgia provide pro hac vice applicants with a bar number?

    No, pro hac vice applicants do not receive a bar number. 

  7. I am having difficulty finding a sponsor; can the State Bar of Georgia waive the sponsorship requirement?

    No, the State Bar of Georgia cannot waive the sponsorship requirement. However, the court has the authority to waive any part of the Rule.

  8. I was granted admission in December and the case continued into the following year, will I have to pay the $200 annual fee in January?

    Yes, you will have to pay the annual fee. 

  9. Is a certificate of good standing required?

    No, the rule does not require a certificate of good standing. 

  10. Is there a way to expedite the pro hac vice process?

    If you need your application processed quickly, please indicate that on your cover letter.  

  11. Should I notify the State Bar of Georgia if there are any changes to the applicant or sponsor’s contact information?

    Yes. You can email Kathy Jackson at kathyj@gabar.org. Please provide the full name of the applicant, case number(s), caption of the case(s) and any changes to the applicant or sponsor's contact information. 

  12. Should I notify the State Bar of Georgia that the case is closed?

    Yes. You can email Kathy Jackson at kathyj@gabar.org. Please provide the full name of the applicant, case number(s), caption of the case(s) and status of the case(s).  

  13. Should I wait for an order granting admission before I serve the State Bar of Georgia with a copy of the application?

    No, do not wait to serve the State Bar of Georgia with a copy of the application. Your sponsor can simultaneously file the application and serve the State Bar of Georgia with a copy. 

  14. The Complaint has not been filed yet. Can I serve the State Bar of Georgia with a copy of the application?

    No, there needs to be a case number in order for the State Bar of Georgia to process the application. 

  15. What information should I include when submitting the annual fee?

    Please provide the full name of the applicant, case number(s), caption of the case(s) and status of the case(s). Please note the annual fee is per attorney not per case. 

  16. What is the fee for pro hac vice?

    There is an annual fee of $200 and an application fee of $75.

    For the first pro hac vice filed in a calendar year, submit a total of $275 (annual and application fees). For any additional pro hac vice filed in the same calendar year, submit $75 (application fee).

    Further, for every subsequent year that you remain admitted in any case in Georgia you must submit the annual fee of $200 by Jan. 15.

  17. What is the pro hac vice process?

    Applicants are required to file the notarized original pro hac vice application with the court in which they seek to appear, and send a copy of the application along with the fees to the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia. Where possible, applicants should include the name of the judge assigned to hear the case and inform the Office of the General Counsel of any upcoming hearing or trail date in the body of the cover letter submitted with the copy of the verified application and fees.

    Once the State Bar of Georgia reviews the copy of the pro hac vice application, a letter will go to the court informing it whether the application complies with the Rule. The applicant, sponsor and opposing party/counsel will receive a copy of the letter. Only the court has the authority to grant or deny your admission. 

  18. When will I be admitted into the case?

    You are admitted into the case when the judge enters an order granting your admission. 

  19. Which rule should I follow for pro hac vice admission?

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in a State or Superior Court of Georgia, please review Uniform Superior Court Rule 4.4.

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in a Magistrate Court of Georgia, please review Uniform Magistrate Court Rule 7.5.

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, please review State Board of Workers' Compensation Rule 102 (A)(3) and Uniform Superior Court Rule 4.4 here.

    Please note: The State Bar of Georgia only reviews pro hac vice admissions for Magistrate, State, Superior Courts and the Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation.

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in a Probate Court of Georgia please review Uniform Probate Court Rule 3.3.3.

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in the Court of Appeals of Georgia please review Rule 9(c) of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

    If you are seeking pro hac vice admission in the Supreme Court of Georgia please review Rule 4 (h) of the Supreme Court of Georgia.