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  1. Age 70 exemptions are automatic

    Inactive exemptions are automatic for members electing that membership status for a full calendar year.

    Hardship Exemptions - Forms to request hardship exemption can be found on our website by clicking here.

    All other exemptions must be marked on the Status Report mailed in October of each year or the Annual Report mailed in January of each year.

    Also, you can login by clicking here to view your current CLE Status.

    It is a transcript of CLE courses that is sent to all active, non-exempt members in January of each year showing all CLE hours taken for the previous year and indicating all fees owed.

  2. All courses entered into our CLE database are charged a $5 per hour per attorney fee. Sponsors of the seminars are required to pay this fee for courses held in Georgia. Attorneys are required to pay this fee for courses held outside of Georgia or in other circumstances such as online seminars when the sponsor does not pay the fee. An attorney can pay the $5 per hour fee to the State Bar of Georgia when attendance is reported to us, or can be billed on the Annual Report that is mailed in January of each year.

    In January or early February of each year, an Annual Report of CLE hours for the previous calendar year is sent to all active members of the State Bar of Georgia unless an exemption has already been entered. If the attorney has completed all the required CLE hours for the previous year and does not owe any course fees, then the attorney does not need to do anything further. However, if the attorney either needs more hours for the previous year or owes a course fee that is listed on the Annual Report, then he or she has until March 31 to satisfy the deficiency.

  3. How is JDPP authorized?

    How am I notified if my hours are deficient?

  4. How much does a Journey Through Justice tour cost?

    Nothing. This is a free public service of the State Bar. However, in the event appeals, subsequent litigation, or collection actions are required after an arbitration is concluded and an award is received, the parties bear their own expense for such additional litigation.

  5. If an attorney remains in noncompliance, the Supreme Court of Georgia will be notified so that it may enter any order it deems appropriate including suspension from the practice of law until, as a minimum, the deficiency is corrected, all penalty fees are paid, and a reinstatement fee is paid. A $100 penalty fee is required if hours for the preceding year are not completed by the deficiency period ending March 31.

    If an attorney remains in noncompliance, the Supreme Court of Georgia will be notified so that it may enter any order it deems appropriate including suspension from the practice of law until, as a minimum, the deficiency is corrected, all penalty fees are paid, and a reinstatement fee is paid. A $100 penalty fee is required if hours for the preceding year are not completed by the deficiency period ending March 31.

  6. Judicial District Professionalism Program

    How can I best comply with my MCLE requirements?

  7. Which members of the State Bar of Georgia are required to complete MCLE?

    Yes. Regular CLE hours - 12 hours can be carried to the next year In-House CLE hours - 6 hours can be carried to the next year Ethics hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Professionalism hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Trial hours - 3 hours can be carried to the next year

  8. Yes. Regular CLE hours - 12 hours can be carried to the next year In-House CLE hours - 6 hours can be carried to the next year Ethics hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Professionalism hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Trial hours - 3 hours can be carried to the next year

    All courses entered into our CLE database are charged a $5 per hour per attorney fee. Sponsors of the seminars are required to pay this fee for courses held in Georgia. Attorneys are required to pay this fee for courses held outside of Georgia or in other circumstances such as online seminars when the sponsor does not pay the fee. An attorney can pay the $5 per hour fee to the State Bar of Georgia when attendance is reported to us, or can be billed on the Annual Report that is mailed in January of each year.