- The PSC
- Consumer Corner
- Natural Gas
- Facilities Protection
- Contact Us
A public witness is an individual (representing himself/herself or an entity) who does not make a formal request to intervene in a proceeding before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC or Commission), but wishes to make comments that become a part of the official transcript of the case.
Appearing as a public witness in a case before the Commission can be pretty daunting to some people. The hearing room is set up like a courtroom. Proceedings are conducted in a manner similar to cases heard in a court. There are five commissioners (who serve in a capacity likened to judges), staff attorneys (who represent staff’s interest) and intervenors (parties of record who have an interest in the case) and the utility company. Testimony is given by witnesses on behalf of staff, intervenors and the company, as well as by public witnesses. At the scheduled Administrative Session, the Commissioners make a decision based upon the evidence that was presented during the hearing.
Following are some tips to make your experience as a public witness as simple as possible. Depending upon the number of people who sign up to speak as public witnesses, the amount of time allotted for individual comments may be limited.
Be cognizant of the amount time you’ve been given to make your comments. In order to insure that all public witnesses have an opportunity to be heard, please conclude your comments within the allotted time or when requested to do so.
For more information, contact us at:
Georgia Public Service Commission
244 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
1-800-282-5813 (outside metro-Atlanta), press 2
404-656-4501 (local), press 2