Title 17, Chapter 9, Section 22
(a) No judge of any court shall either directly or indirectly
express in open court his approval or disapproval of the verdict of
any jury in any case tried before him, except as provided in
subsection (c) of this Code section; nor may any judge discharge any
jury upon the ground that the verdict rendered in any case does not
meet with his approval.
(b) If any judge of any court either directly or indirectly
expresses in open court his approval or disapproval of the verdict
of the jury in any case tried before him, he shall be disqualified
from presiding in the case in the event a new trial is granted.
(c) Nothing in this Code section shall have the effect of
prohibiting a judge of any court from approving or disapproving the
verdict of a jury in any case tried before him in hearing a motion
for a new trial that comes on before him; but the approval or
disapproval on the hearing of a motion for new trial shall be
expressed in the formal order of the judge in granting or overruling
the motion and not otherwise.