U.K. Supreme Courts ruling that states cannot force citizens to serve on the bench after death has prompted a broad judicial review in three other states, including Georgia, where judges who have ruled on judicial challenges to state laws have ruled in favor of the states.
A federal appeals court in Georgia on Monday rejected the state’s efforts to have the state bar review the decision of a Georgia judge who ruled that the state was required to pay for the funeral and burial of a dead person’s child.
The ruling was based on the premise that Georgia’s constitution does not provide for the imposition of such a requirement, said Judge Thomas J. Clements, writing for the court.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said he was pleased with the court’s ruling, which comes a day after the U.N. Human Rights Council ruled Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court of Georgia on Sunday refused to hear an appeal by the state and other states seeking to overturn the decision, citing a lack of precedent, Olens’ office said.
The justices on Monday also refused to take up a challenge by Georgia Attorney General Sean Mullins to a state law that requires judges to recuse themselves from cases involving the death of a person who died before the date of their death.