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State Court Jury Service

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State Court Building Tower
Daily Petit Juror Instructions

Serving jury duty? Read your instructions for the day.

Contact Information

(770) 528-2626 (Daily Juror Instructions)
(770) 528-2627 (Fax)
[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.

Juror Service

The average jury service is for one week. Jurors will report at 8:00 a.m. on Mondays, unless otherwise instructed. Jurors will be checked in and given an orientation on the petit juror process and what will be expected of you. Jurors may be placed on call and given instructions for reporting for the rest of the week, which is normally 9:00 a.m. Jurors selected to serve on a jury trial will follow the judge’s instruction for reporting. Jurors may serve on multiple jury trials. Jurors will receive $25 per day compensation only for the days they report in person at the courthouse. Many jurors serve less than a full week.

Reporting Location

All jurors should report to the jury assembly on the fourth floor of the State Court Building "B" located at 12 East Park Square, Marietta, Georgia. 

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, jurors should check local news channels, CobbTV, or the Cobb County Government website for reporting times and possible court closings.

Parking

Free parking is provided to those summoned for jury duty and special parking locations are available to handicap jurors. Please bring your portion of your juror summons for verification for jury parking.

Please park at the County Parking Deck labeled “P” as in Paul.  You will need to park on the 5th floor.  Entrance to the parking deck is located on Hansell Street: address is located at 191 Lawrence St. Marietta, GA.  30060 You will receive a validation ticket for free parking from Jury Administration. 

Security Check

Guns, knives, mace, scissors and similar type weapons are not permitted in the State Court Building. Your clearance through our security screening will be expedited by not having these items in your possession.

Exemption Requests

Non-Residents of Cobb County

If you are no longer a resident of Cobb County, please fax or email a document, such as a mortgage statement/lease agreement, utility bill or driver's license, showing your name and current address.

Full-Time Students

Students who request for an exemption, must submit class enrollment verification from the Registrar's Office stating you are a full-time student at the time of your service date.

Forms (notary required)

Postponement Request

The court will consider postponing your week of jury service to a future date. All requests MUST BE MADE in writing. Submit a Postponement Request form. Additionally, requests may be e-mailed to [email protected], faxed to (770) 528-2627, or sent through U.S. mail service and must be from the person summoned for service.

Employers cannot request a postponement for a summoned employee, but can write in support of the employee's request for postponement.

Postponements will be considered based on the trial demands during the week you are to serve and the number of previous postponements granted.

Proper Court Attire for Jurors

Acceptable Court Attire

  • Business Casual
  • Blue Jeans
  • Capri Pants

Unacceptable Court Attire

  • Gym clothes including: gym shorts, muscle shirts, spandex of any kind, yoga pants, jogging pants, pajama pants
  • T-shirts advertising a product or t-shirts containing profanity or controversial content
  • Short skirts that are overly revealing
  • Shorts
  • Uniform clothing from your place of employment

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