Do discretionary appeals skip the Court of Appeals and go directly to the Supreme Court for review?
No, it just depends on whichever appellate court has jurisdiction over the case.
I am assuming that your question refers to the State of Georgia Judicial system and not the federal system. Discretionary appeals in the State system were created to a reduce massive case on the Georgia Court of Appeals by giving discretion to the Court to take a case based on various subject matters. It is controlled by O.C.G.A. 5-6-35 which lists those types of areas that are discretionary. If the subject matter is covered by this statute, then permission must first be granted before an appeal is filed. There is no provision in the statute for skipping the Court of Appeals for review in the Georgia Supreme Court.
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