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State Court Jury Service

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State Court Daily Juror Instructions for Reporting

Serving on jury duty?   Click here after 6:00 PM the day before your jury service report date for instructions for your Pool Group.

 

During the week of your jury service, check back each evening after 6:00 PM for reporting instructions for the next day until your jury duty is completed.

Contact Information

General Information:  (770) 528-2626
Recorded Message:  (770) 528-2626, press 1
Fax:  (770) 528-2627
E-mail:  statecourtjury@cobbcounty.org

The State Court of Cobb County conducts jury trials on misdemeanor and civil cases where a party requests a trial by jury. All criminal jury trials in this court are tried before a six-person jury. Civil cases, wherein the amount of the claim exceeds $25,000.00, can request a twelve-person jury. All other civil cases are tried by a six-person jury.

Exemption Requests

Non-Resident of Cobb County

Any person who does not currently live in Cobb County, Georgia.  Provide copy of a valid driver’s license, current utility bill, mortgage statement/lease agreement, voter registration card, or motor vehicle registration.  Please ensure your verification includes your name and current address outside Cobb County.  Click here to submit verification.

Full-Time Student

Any person who is a full-time student at a college, university, vocational school, or other post-secondary school who, during the period of time the student is enrolled and taking classes or exams. Provide verification of full-time enrollment from the school’s registrar or admissions office, or information from student’s login portal on the school’s website that shows full-time student enrollment at time of jury service report date. Please ensure your enrollment verification includes your name, current semester, and total hours.  Click here to submit verification.

Exemption Forms (Notary Public may be required and must be visible on the form)​​

Legal exemptions may be allowed that excuse you from jury service or certain legal status may make you ineligible to serve.

Click here to submit completed exemption form. 

Jury Scam Alert

Residents of Cobb County continue to receive fraudulent phone calls claiming that the victim failed to appear for jury duty in Superior or State Court of Cobb County. The scammer tells the victim that he or she can avoid arrest by making a payment, which may include purchasing a pre-paid card—such as a Green Dot card or gift card—and then giving the card number to the scammer. The scammer may sound convincing and use real information about the victim, real court addresses, and real names of law enforcement officers, court officials, and judges to make the scam appear more credible. Scammers may even “spoof” the phone number on caller ID so the call falsely appears to be from a court number or the number of another government agency.

  • The court will always send a jury summons by U.S. Mail.
  • The court and law enforcement will never demand payment over the phone.
  • The court and law enforcement will never demand a gift card number to satisfy an obligation.
  • A prospective juror who disregards a jury summons will be contacted through U. S. Mail by the court and may, in certain circumstances, be ordered to appear before a judge. Such an order will always be in writing and signed by a judge. 
  • A fine will never be imposed until after the individual has appeared in court and been given the opportunity to explain his or her failure to appear. If a fine is imposed, it will be in open court and reduced to writing (and will not be payable by gift card number).

If you have received a scam phone call or if you wish to verify whether you have been summoned for jury duty in Cobb County, please contact Jury Administration at 770-528-2628. You may also contact the Cobb County Sheriff's Office at 770-499-4687.

Georgia State Law for Jurors Regarding Employment

§ 34-1-3. Unlawful to discharge or discipline employee who is absent for purpose of attending judicial proceeding in response to court order or process

(a) It shall be unlawful for any employer or the agent of such employer to discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize an employee because the employee is absent from his or her employment for the purpose of attending a judicial proceeding in response to a subpoena, summons for jury duty, or other court order or process which requires the attendance of the employee at the judicial proceeding. It shall be unlawful for any employer or the agent of such employer to threaten to take or communicate an intention of taking any action declared to be unlawful by this subsection.

(b) Any employer or agent of such employer who violates subsection (a) of this Code section shall be liable to the injured employee for all actual damages thereby suffered by the employee and for reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the employee in asserting a successful claim under this Code section.

(c) This Code section shall not apply to an employee who is charged with a crime, nor shall it prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to abide by regulations requiring reasonable notification to an employer of the employee's expected absence or delay in reporting to work in order to attend a judicial proceeding.

Laws 1987, p. 1156, § 1; Laws 1990, p. 590, § 2.

 

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Employee is entitled to pay while serving jury duty. – An employee is entitled to be paid his salary while missing work to serve on jury duty. 1989 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 89-55