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Jury Division
Jury Duty
The jury process is an important and vital process of the courts function. Jury duty is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share, and is the final check and balance on the American system of government.

Service Pay

Jury pay is $25 per day.

Jury Selection

If you are randomly selected by computer to serve as a juror, you will receive a jury summons in the mail indicating a specific date and time to appear for jury duty. Your summons may instruct you to call the jury line for a specific day and time to appear for jury duty. If your summons instructs you to call the jury line, be sure to call. The jury line number is (706) 343-6474.

Guidelines
  • Dress can be casual, but appropriate for the courtroom. A light jacket or sweater is recommended.
  • Feel free to bring non-legal reading material for use during breaks and court recesses.
  • Court search in progress.
  • Prohibited items need to be secured in your vehicle or given to someone not entering the courthouse. Items seized during the search will not be returned.
  • Prohibited items include firearms, ammunition, knives of any type, scissors, packages, mace-type sprays, cell phones, pagers, taser / stun guns, nail clippers, combs, sharp pointed objects, including rats’ tail.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the courtroom.
  • Cell phones and cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.
 
Juror's Role
As a juror, you play an essential role in the American system of justice. You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. You do need to keep an open mind and be willing to make decisions free of personal feelings and biases.

During the Trial
As a juror, you will listen to opening statements and closing arguments for two sides. You will also learn about and weigh the evidence that has been collected for the trial. Then you will be asked to make a decision about the case after you have talked it over with the other jurors during deliberations.

During the trial, the judge serves as the court’s presiding officer and as the final authority for the law. The lawyers act as advocates for their sides of the case. As a juror, you are responsible for impartially evaluating the facts presented and for applying the law to these facts as the judge instructs you.

These combined efforts bring about the fair and impartial administration of justice in our county, our state and the nation.

Excusal or Deferral
Should you have a legal reason to be excused or deferred (delayed until another day), you must call the Clerk’s Office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

If any of the following apply to you, please contact our office, and we will be glad to mail you the appropriate form to remove you from the jury box permanently:
  • Permanent, serious health problem.
  • Over the age of 70.
  • Full-time Military.
  • Convicted felon and have not had your rights restored.

 

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