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Court of Appeals of Georgia.


No. A99A1177.

Decided: October 07, 1999

James D. Rogers, Kris K. Skaar, Marietta, for appellant. G. Channing Ruskell, Solicitor, for appellee.

Graham Clark was convicted of violating a Cherokee County ordinance that required him to control soil erosion on his property.   He appeals, contending that the county ordinance was not properly proven.

 Because this court cannot take judicial notice of a county ordinance, the State must introduce the ordinance into evidence, normally by certified copy.1  But Clark did not include a transcript of the trial in the appellate record so we could determine whether the ordinance was properly admitted into evidence.   The burden is on the appellant to show the alleged error by the record, and “where the proof necessary for determination of the issues on appeal is omitted from the record, an appellate court must assume that the judgment below was correct and affirm.” 2

Because Clark omitted the trial transcript from the record, we are unable to consider the merits of his claim and must affirm.

Judgment affirmed.


1.   Poole v. State, 229 Ga.App. 406, 409(2), 494 S.E.2d 251 (1997);  see Owens v. State, 153 Ga.App. 525, 526(1), 265 S.E.2d 856 (1980) (physical precedent only).

2.   (Citations and punctuation omitted.)  Regency Executive Plaza Unit Owner's Assn. v. Wilmock, Inc., 237 Ga.App. 193, 194, 514 S.E.2d 446 (1999);  see Brown v. Frachiseur, 247 Ga. 463, 464, 277 S.E.2d 16 (1981).

MILLER, Judge.

POPE, P.J., and ELDRIDGE, J., concur.