Legal association officials are cautiously optimistic that a three-decades-long push to rewrite Georgia’s Civil War-era evidence code will finally be approved during the 2011 General Assembly.

Proponents of the 170-page bill say it tops what appears to be a relatively short agenda for Georgia’s legal groups for the 2011 session, which starts Jan. 12. Their other top priority is to persuade budget writers keen on hunting for new sources of revenue and slashing state costs not to take a swing at the courts.

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