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Court of Appeals of Georgia.


No. A03A1117.

Decided: May 13, 2003

Melvin K. Ligon, pro se. Terry E. Williams & Associates, Terry E. Williams, Atlanta, Gary K. Morris, Jason C. Waymire, for appellees.

Acting pro se, Melvin K. Ligon sued Lumpkin County, Sheriff Jimmy Berry, and Commissioner Charles Ridley for false arrest, malicious prosecution, dereliction of duty, and malfeasance.   Apparently, Ligon's lawsuit was the culmination of a longstanding property dispute between Ligon and his neighbors in Lumpkin County.   Although Ligon now seeks to contest the summary judgment obtained by the defendants, we must affirm due to his failure to include key portions of the record required for appellate review.

In granting summary judgment, the trial court found that sovereign immunity foreclosed Ligon's claims against Lumpkin County and the individual defendants in their official capacities.   In addition, the trial court decided that the evidence failed to demonstrate “any cognizable claim against Commissioner Charles Ridley upon which relief may be granted.”   The trial court also determined that Ligon failed to establish that Sheriff Berry had negligently performed a ministerial duty or performed a discretionary function with actual malice toward Ligon.

 On appeal, the burden is on the appealing party to show error affirmatively by the record.  Dillman v. Kahres.1  When that burden is not met, the judgment in issue is assumed to be correct and must be affirmed.  Johnson v. Collins.2  When an appellant fails to include evidence considered by the court on summary judgment, that omission is generally fatal.  Tahamtan v. Sawnee Elec. Membership Corp.3

 Here, in filing his amended notice of appeal, Ligon asked only for the inclusion of the original complaint, the answer, and the order to dismiss the case.   Therefore, in the absence of any evidence of record to the contrary, we must assume the correctness of the trial court's judgment and affirm.   See White v. Arthur Enterprises.4

Judgment affirmed.


1.   Dillman v. Kahres, 201 Ga.App. 210, 211, 411 S.E.2d 43 (1991).

2.   Johnson v. Collins, 221 Ga.App. 182, 470 S.E.2d 780 (1996).

3.   Tahamtan v. Sawnee Elec. Membership Corp., 228 Ga.App. 485, 486, 491 S.E.2d 918 (1997).

4.   White v. Arthur Enterprises, 219 Ga.App. 124(2), 464 S.E.2d 225 (1995).

BLACKBURN, Presiding Judge.

ELLINGTON and PHIPPS, JJ., concur.

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