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Title 15, Chapter 2, Section 8 (15-2-8)

The Supreme Court has authority:

(1) To exercise appellate jurisdiction, and in no appellate case to hear facts or examine witnesses;

(2) To hear and determine all cases, civil and criminal, that may come before it; to grant judgments of affirmance or reversal, or any other order, direction, or decree required therein; and, if necessary, to make a final disposition of a case in the manner prescribed elsewhere in this Code;

(3) To grant any writ necessary to carry out any purpose of its organization or to compel any inferior tribunal or officers thereof to obey its order;

(4) To appoint its own officers and to commission any person to execute any specific order it may make;

(5) To establish, amend, and alter its own rules of practice and to regulate the admission of attorneys to the practice of law; provided, however, that in regulating the admission of attorneys to the practice of law, the Supreme Court shall require each applicant for admission to the practice of law to be fingerprinted to determine whether the applicant has a record of criminal convictions in this state or other states. The Georgia Crime Information Center is for this purpose authorized to release to the court and its administrative arms any requested records relating to applicants. The information obtained as a result of the fingerprinting of an applicant shall be limited to the official use of the court and its administrative arms in determining whether an applicant possesses the fitness to be admitted to the practice of law in this state;

(6) To punish for contempt by the infliction of a fine as high as $500.00 or imprisonment not exceeding ten days, or both; and

(7) To exercise such other powers, not contrary to the Constitution of this state, as given to it by law. This paragraph shall not be interpreted to abrogate the inherent power of the court.

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