Georgia law favors public trials that are open to the press and public.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by: Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1444768 , Decision Date: April 30, 2014 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

Considering the seriousness of the allegations against a doctor in a medical licensure disciplinary hearing, there is a particularly strong need for an open courtroom.  Allowing electronic media coverage of portions of the hearing would “increase public access to the courts and openness of judicial proceedings” without impacting the integrity, dignity, or administration of the court. Other portions of the hearing, involving evidence of patient medical treatment, must be closed to the public, absent waiver by the patients.

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