Good folks, The decision published today by the GA Supreme Ct. has largely gutted, IMHO, the immunity from prosectution portion of the 'stand your ground' law, 16-3-24.2. http://www.gasupreme.us/pdf/s06a1579.pdf Here's the case, as I understand it. Fellow shoots someone else and claims self-defense, filing a motion for dismissal of the charges under the 16-3-24.2 immunity from prosecution. The trial court denies that motion. The defendant filed an interlocutory appeal of that order before his trial. Few things can be appealed this way - typically you have to wait for a final judgement. The GA Sup Ct. has dismissed the interlocutory appeal as not meeting the proper criteria for an order appealable before a final verdict in the case. It said that the claim of immunity from prosecution and the claim of justifiable self-defense were essentially the same issue (probably true), and that the self-defense claim was properly one for a jury (true), thus the appeal would have to wait for a final verdict. This is really what I expected all along with the immunity from criminal prosecution. If the use of force is clearly justified, the DA won't prosecute and there's no need for the statute. If the use of force is clearly unjustified, then it's murder and the DA will prosecute. If the use of force was questionable, how is the court to decide to decide, a priori, that you are immune, before the trial has taken place. Essentially what you're asking is for the court to become the trier of fact instead of the jury. Basically circular logic. So then I ask, when is the immunity from criminal prosecution going to help you? Likely, never. Only in those cases where the DA is prosecuting an obvious case of self-defense, which is likely very rare indeed. I don't like the GA Sup Ct decision, but what else were they going to do? Probably the guy will be found not guilty, then he will go back and try to sue (unsuccessfully), saying, "I was supposed to be immune from all this." While I think the immunity from civil litigation is important and welcome, the immunity from criminal prosecution has largely been gutted and revealed as the circular logic that it basically was. If you can't appeal the order before the verdict, and the only relief is that there be no trial (immune from prosecution), that right is essentially lost.