DILLARD, C. J., GOBEIL and HODGES, JJ.
Andrew Mullins appeals from an order of the Brantley County
Superior Court dismissing his motion to withdraw his guilty
plea for lack of jurisdiction. Mullins contends that the
trial court erred in finding that his motion was filed
outside the term of court in which he was sentenced and was
therefore untimely. We agree and reverse the trial
facts are undisputed and show that at a hearing held on
September 6, 2017, Mullins pled guilty to two counts of child
molestation, two counts of sexual exploitation of children,
and a single count each of aggravated child molestation and
aggravated sexual battery. After accepting Mullins's plea, the
trial court followed the State's sentencing
recommendation and orally pronounced a sentence of life, with
the first 25 years to be served in confinement and the
remainder to be served on probation. The trial court reduced
this sentence to writing, and the judge signed the written
judgment of conviction and sentence on September 6, 2017.
That document, however, was not filed with the clerk of court
until October 9, 2017. Less than two weeks later, on October
20, 2017, Mullins filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.
Following a hearing, the trial court dismissed that motion,
and Mullins now appeals the order of dismissal.
Georgia law, "[a] motion to withdraw a guilty plea must
be filed within the same term of court as the sentence
entered on the guilty plea." Brooks v. State,
301 Ga. 748, 751 (2) (804 S.E.2d 1) (2017) (citation and
punctuation omitted). A motion filed outside the term of
court in which the sentence was entered is considered
untimely, and a trial court lacks jurisdiction to consider an
untimely motion to withdraw a guilty plea. Id.
Brantley County has two terms of court per year and, during
the time period relevant to this appeal, those terms began on
the fourth Monday in January and the second Monday in
September. OCGA § 15-6-3 (41) (B) (2015). Thus,
Mullins's guilty plea hearing was held, sentence was
pronounced orally, and the sentencing order was signed on
September 6, 2017, during the January 2017 term of court. The
written judgment of conviction and sentence, however, was not
entered until the September term of court, which began on
September 11, 2017. And it was during that term of court that
Mullins filed his motion to withdraw his guilty plea.
dismissing Mullins's motion, the trial court found that
because sentence was orally pronounced and the court signed
the judgment of conviction and sentence during the January
term of court, Mullins was required to file his motion to
withdraw during that same term. This holding, however, is in
direct conflict with relevant precedent. Georgia's
appellate courts have long recognized that even where a judge
orally pronounces a sentence, no sentence or conviction
actually exists until it is reduced to writing and filed with
the clerk of court. See Curry v. State, 248 Ga. 183,
185 (4) (281 S.E.2d 604) (1981); Hantz v. State, 337
Ga.App. 675, 678 (788 S.E.2d 567) (2016); Allen v.
State, 333 Ga.App. 853, 855 (1) (777 S.E.2d 699) (2015);
Young v. State, 328 Ga.App. 91, 92 (761
S.E.2d 504) (2014). See also OCGA § 5-6-31 ("[t]he
filing with the clerk of a judgment, signed by the judge,
constitutes the entry of a judgment"). And until the
judgment of conviction and sentence is reduced to writing and
filed with the clerk of court, criminal proceedings remain
pending against the defendant. Young, 328 Ga.App. at
on the foregoing principles, this Court has held that under
circumstances such as these, where sentence is pronounced
during one term of court but the written order is not filed
until the next term, a defendant's motion to withdraw his
guilty plea is "timely filed within the term in which
the sentence was entered, that is, filed by the clerk."
Allen, 333 Ga.App. at 855 (1). See also
Hantz, 337 Ga.App. at 678; Young, 328
Ga.App. at 92. Accordingly, and as the State concedes in its
appellate brief,  the trial court erred in dismissing
Mullins's motion to withdraw his guilty plea as untimely.
We therefore reverse the order of dismissal and remand this
case to the trial court for a decision on the merits of
reversed and case remanded.
Dillard, C J, and Hodges, J, concur.
 The record shows that this was a
negotiated guilty plea, with the State agreeing to nolle
prosse four of 10 counts on which Mullins had been indicted,
including one count of aggravated child molestation, one
count of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and two
counts of sexual exploitation of children.
 In 2018, the General Assembly amended
OCGA § 15-6-3 so that, effective January 1, 2019, the
terms of the Brantley County Superior Court begin on the
fourth Monday of February and August. OCGA § 15-6-3 (41)
 In the trial court, the State opposed
the motion on the grounds that it was untimely. On appeal,
however, the State concedes that in light of Allen
and other relevant precedent, Mullins's motion ...