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State Court Jury Service

COVID-19 Requirements for Visitors

Face covering/mask required for all visitors entering the State Court Building.

State Court has your health and safety in mind when requesting your presence for jury service. Guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Public Health will be followed to ensure the State Court building is appropriately cleaned and sanitized. Precautionary measures are also in place regarding mandatory temperature checks, mandatory facial coverings, and social distancing protocols.

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Petit Juror Reporting Instructions

Serving on jury duty?   Click here for reporting instructions.

 

Contact Information

General Information:  (770) 528-2626
Recorded Message:  (770) 528-2626, press 1
Fax:  (770) 528-2627
E-mail:  [email protected]

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. 

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