Serving jury duty? Read your instructions for the day.
Contact Information and Parking
(770) 528-1757 (Juror Inquiry & Daily Juror Instructions)
(770) 528-1808 (Fax)
Need an Interpreter?
For interpreting services, please contact the Interpreter Program at (770) 528-1861, or [email protected].
Parking Lot Addresses
- Lot A: 147 Dobbs Street
- Lot B: 122 Waddell Street
- Lot P: 191 Lawrence Street (only park here if you were instructed to do so, please notify jury adminstration and validation will be given to you for free parking)
Free parking will be provided in the jury lots indicated on the map on the reverse side of your summons. The Superior Court cannot reimburse for any parking fees, nor is the Superior Court liable for traffic fines incurred while parking in a 2 hour parking space.
Show your summons to the Deputy or Bailiff when you enter the jury lot. Bring your summons with you when you enter the Superior Court building each day. Do not leave it in your car.
Jury lots are located north of the Superior Court building. Lot “A” is located at 147 Dobbs Street; Lot B is located at 122 Waddell Street, NE; if you are instructed by the sheriff or parking attendant to park in Lot “P” (Parking Deck) located on191 Lawrence Street, please notify jury adminstration when you arrive and validation will be given to you for free parking.
The entrance to the Superior Court building is located at the corner of Lawrence St. and Haynes St.
Petit Jurors will need to be here between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the date that you have been summoned. You will be checked in and given an orientation on the petit juror process and what will be expected of you. You will also need to call the jury information line, (770) 528-1804 or 770-528-1757 (press 1) to hear our Daily Juror Instructions to receive additional instructions at the end of each day. If you have a conflict you may advise the attorneys in the courtroom.
Juror Orientation Videos
Proper Attire For Court
If you are appearing for Court/Jury Duty, you should dress nicely and in a manner that shows respect for the Court.
Here are some things you should not wear:
- Hats inside the courtroom (except those worn for religious purposes)
- T-shirts depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity, or illegal drugs
- Tube or halter tops/plunging necklines/midriffs
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Mini skirts or shorts
- Baggy pants that fall below the waist
- Muscle shirts (usually worn as undergarments)
Upon arriving at the courthouse, you will be required to go through security screening. Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives) are prohibited.
All cell phones must be turned off upon entering a courtroom.
Our Jury Assembly Room is equipped with wireless network that is available for jurors. There are also desktop computers, fax machines, printers and courtesy telephones. Cell phones, personal electronic equipment, etc. are allowed in the Jury Assembly Room.
The Constitution of the United States guarantees everyone the right to a trial by a jury of his/her peers, and therefore juries have a long standing tradition in American jurisprudence. The Superior Court Jury Administration Office is responsible for summoning Cobb County citizens to serve as jurors on petit and grand jury panels. Petit jurors can serve on either criminal or civil juries, while grand jurors hand down indictments in criminal actions and perform other types of investigatory functions.
In 2017, The Superior Court of Cobb County heard 58 jury trials. Although 10,463 were summoned for jury duty and 4,514 reported for jury service, only 726 were actually chosen to sit on a jury. Those jurors chosen served an average of 3.3 days.
Receiving a Jury Summons
When you receive a Jury Summons for Cobb Superior Court, it is a subpoena to appear as a potential juror. You have been randomly selected by a computer to provide a good cross section of the community. It is a United States Citizen’s highest privilege, and patriotic duty. It also gives you an opportunity to see how the courts in your community function under the law. Georgia law requires that it is mandatory that you serve as a juror, unless you have a legal exemption under the Georgia State Law. A person’s occupation, business, or economic status is not a legal exemption.
When you receive your jury summons, please read it carefully for instructions and information. Keep the top portion, and return the bottom portion that is labeled “Juror Information Form.” This is important, as attorneys in the courtroom will question you as a potential juror in order to assist in selecting the jury to try the case. Use of these questionnaires can expedite the jury process.
Your jury service can last an average of one week. You will be asked to call the voice mail or check the Internet each evening after 6:00 p.m. to see if you will need to report for jury duty the next day or not. A juror is paid $25.00 per day, for the days they are physically here. The days you are not required to appear for jury duty, you can resume your normal daily activities.
The Grand Jury consists of twenty-three (23) members and two (2) alternates. Grand Jurors serve for a two month term. The Grand Jury generally meets one to two days per week. Persons ineligible for service on a Grand Jury are elected officials in state or local government or those who have held office within two years preceding service as a Grand Juror.
Rules of the Court
Under Georgia State Law, exemptions are granted to the following properly documented persons:
- Persons who are permanently disabled either mentally or physically, will be excused upon receipt of proper documentation from their medical physician. The documentation must state a permanent disability exists to excuse you. A Medical Affidavit form is attached to summons for your convenience.
- Persons age 70 or older who do not wish to serve may file an affidavit requesting their name be removed from the jury list. An affidavit form is attached to summons for your convenience.
- Full-time students at a college, university, vocational school or other post-secondary school who request to be excused or deferred must provide documentation from their school registrar's office. This must be submitted at least two weeks prior to jury date.
- Any person who is a primary caregiver having active care and custody of a child six years of age or under who has no alternative child care available must sign an affidavit available online. This must be submitted at least two weeks prior to jury date.
- If you are a primary teacher in a home you may request to be excused or deferred if you are in a home study program and have no reasonably available alternative teacher. An affidavit must be submitted two weeks prior to jury date.
As a full time employee your employer may not discriminate against you in any manner due to your jury service. If you need a copy of the law, O.C.G.A..34-1-3(a) and O.C.G.A.. 34-1-3(b), you may contact our office at (770) 528-1801, or you may contact your local law library.
By law jurors are permitted a maximum of one deferment. A deferment request must be made two weeks notice prior to your service date.
The deferment time frame is a maximum of eight weeks. For a longer deferment, the juror must have a doctor's letter or medical affidavit with an expected recovery time.
We require a written letter for our records as to why you would like a deferment, and when within the next eight weeks you would be available to serve. You may choose one of three ways; fax your letter to (770) 528-1808, email your written request to [email protected], or you may send us a letter in the mail.
Juror Donation Program
As a juror in Cobb County Superior Court, you have the unique opportunity to give even more back to your community through our Juror Fee Donation Program.
By checking the appropriate box on the form you will be given, you can donate the fee you would normally receive for your jury service ($25.00 a day) to one of the designated areas within the county.
The money would go to capital improvement projects & operating purposes only. You will receive a certificate showing the amount you donated and to which area. Your donation is tax deductible. Only one choice can be made. Your choices will be:
- Cobb County Animal Shelter
- Cobb Trees Program
- Focus on Forever: A Marital Seminar
- Cobb Parks and Recreation
- Cobb Public Library System
- Cobb Senior Services
The donation program is completely optional.
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