This motion, is the first of several ‘Post-Judgment” legal remedies and is seldom granted by the judge who heard the case. That is not to say that it has no value. To the contrary, if there is reason to believe that the judge's rulings were faulty according to law and the defendant wants to proceed with an appeal, then this would be the starting place. The review of the transcript, analysis of the objections and rulings of the judge will be set out in a legal brief prepared by a lawyer (usually NOT the lawyer who tried the case) and presented to the judge. A hearing will then be conducted, without a jury and may result in a new trial being granted if the judge recognizes some defect to warrant it. As said earlier, that seldom happens. However, then the future appeal deals with whether the judge's decision on that motion was erroneous. That would be done, typically by the Georgia Court of Appeals and describe in the next step.