Requirements and Application Process:
Attorneys seeking to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia must be active members in good standing with the Georgia State Bar. All attorneys seeking admission are required to submit a Petition for Bar Admission and must have two sponsoring attorneys sign their petition. Sponsoring attorneys must be members in good standing with the Georgia State Bar and the Bar of the Southern District of Georgia.
The Southern District of Georgia has three divisional locations (Savannah, Brunswick, and Augusta) for attorney admissions to the bar. Attorneys seeking admission to the Bar of the Southern District of Georgia must attend an Attorney Admission Ceremony in one of the Court’s divisional locations. Please reference the instructions below for guidance on each division’s requirements.
An attorney is eligible to practice in the Southern District of Georgia only when the Petition for Bar Admission is fully executed (click here for Attorney form), the fees are paid (Click here for a listing of court fees), the attorney signs the Court’s roll book, and the attorney is sworn in by a judicial officer conducting an Attorney Admissions Ceremony.
Attorney admissions ceremonies will be held in the Savannah Division on a quarterly basis, and ceremony dates will be published each year. The currently scheduled Savannah Attorney Admissions Ceremony dates are:
Monday, June 17 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00 pm
Upon completion of the Petition for Bar Admission, please email it, along with your preferred ceremony date to:
You will receive a confirmation email indicating that you have been included in the next ceremony (or other date if you have indicated) along with any other instructions. All petitions must be received at least one week prior to the ceremony date. For Savannah Attorney Admissions Ceremonies, sponsoring attorneys are welcome to attend, but are not required to attend your scheduled ceremony.
Please contact Ms. Samantha Dipolito with the Gilbert Harrell Law Firm for attorney swearing ins. Her contact number is 912-265-6700.
Attorney admissions ceremonies are held every 6-8 weeks depending on the number of applicants. Once your original, properly executed petition has been received, you will be notified via email of the ceremony. Please bring a check payable to the Clerk, U.S. District Court in the amount of $231.00 to the admissions ceremony.
All attorneys requesting admission in the Augusta Division must attend a scheduled ceremony and must be presented to the Court by an attorney currently admitted and in good standing. There will be no “special swearing-in ceremonies”.
Please mail the original completed petition with cover letter to:
Clerk, U.S. District Court
Attn: Attorney Admissions
PO Box 1130
Augusta, Georgia 30903
Any further questions may be directed to the clerk’s office at 706-849-4400.
Members of the Bar of the Southern District of Georgia are required to register for Electronic Case Filing. Please register online here.http://www.gas.uscourts.gov/AttyRegistration/
Resources for CJA Attorneys
- CJA Instructions for Augusta and Dublin Divisions- updated Jan 2016
- Jail Contact Information - revised 2017
- Introduction to Federal Sentencing - 12th Edition
- Potential Uses of Begay, Chambers & Johnson: Annotated Caselaw Outline
- USA v. Dorvee, 2d Circuit
- Violent Felony Analytical Framework Paper
- Instructions: Instructions for CJA-0020
- Form: Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court-Appointed Counsel
- Instructions: Instructions for CJA-0021
- Form: Authorization and Voucher for Expert and other Services