Bell v. Burson

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United States Supreme Court

402 U.S. 535

Bell  v.  Burson

 Argued: March 23, 1971. --- Decided: May 24, 1971


Georgia's Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act, which provides that the motor vehicle registration and driver's license of an uninsured motorist involved in an accident shall be suspended unless he posts security for the amount of damages claimed by an aggrieved party and which excludes any consideration of fault or responsibility for the accident at a pre-suspension hearing held violative of procedural due process. Before Georgia, whose statutory scheme significantly involves the issue of liability, may deprive an individual of his license and registration, it must provide a procedure for determining the question whether there is a reasonable possibility of a judgment being rendered against him as a result of the accident. Pp. 539 543.

121 Ga.App. 418, 174 S.E.2d 235, reversed and remanded.

Elizabeth R. Rindskopf, Atlanta, Ga., for petitioner, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court.

Dorothy T. Beasley, Atlanta, Ga., for respondent.

Mr. Justice BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


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