COVID-19 Petit Juror Information and Updates
A cloth face cover/mask is required when entering the courthouse facilities.
Petit Juror Health & Safety Precautions
Here at Cobb County Superior Court, your health and safety are of the utmost importance. We have carefully planned for jurors’ return to the courthouse by modifying our public spaces, courtrooms, and jury rooms in accordance with CDC guidelines. Cobb County Superior Court requires everyone on the judicial campus to follow CDC guidelines and practice social distancing. Below are some of the measures our Court has taken to ensure your health and safety while serving as a juror.
- Temperature screening for all petit jurors, court personnel & visitors.
- Masks required for all petit jurors, court personnel & visitors
- Social distancing throughout courthouse.
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout courthouse.
- New air filtration systems.
- Plexiglass barriers installed where necessary.
- Limited capacity on courthouse elevators.
- Cleaning wipes & spray available for petit juror use upon request.
- Staggered report times for petit jurors.
- Jurors assigned seats for the duration of the trial.
- Touchless check-in upon arrival.
- Reduced capacity in jury assembly room.
- Petit jurors seated at least 6 feet apart at all times.
- Exhibits presented using video monitors instead of paper.
- Dedicated non-public hallways and waiting areas for jurors.
- Individually-packaged boxed lunches served daily to jurors selected for trial.
- All petit jury rooms sanitized nightly.
- Restrooms sanitized twice daily.
Serving jury duty? Read your instructions for the day.
Currently, there are No Petit jurors scheduled to report for jury duty at this time.
Contact Information and Parking
(770) 528-1757-- (press "1" for Juror message & Daily Juror Instructions)
(770) 528-1808 --(Fax)
Email: [email protected]org
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, NE
- Parking Deck "P": 191 Lawrence Street (only park here if you were instructed to do so, please bring your white ticket you received upon arrival. You will need that ticket for validation)
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 at 191 Lawrence Street, please bring your white ticket you received upon arrival. You will need that ticket for validation.
The entrance to the Superior Court building is located at the corner of Lawrence St. and Haynes St.
Petit Juror Expectations
Petit Jurors, also known as trial jurors, will need to be here at the time designated on the front of your jury summons, 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 be instructed each day of service to call the jury information line, 770-528-1757 (press 1) or you can check the website and click "Daily Petit Juror Instructions" to receive juror instructions . If you have a conflict you may advise the attorneys in the courtroom. You will only receive your jury pay and verification of attendance on the days you physically attend jury duty.
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 are not permitted to 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)
- Gym Clothes (No spandex of any kind, yoga pants, or exposed leggings)
- work uniforms
Security & Electronic Devices
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 and other electronic devices 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, printers and courtesy telephones. Cell phones, personal electronic equipment, etc. are allowed in the Jury Assembly Room.
Qualifications to Serve as a Petit Juror
In order to reduce wait times when you arrive for jury duty, Jury Administration would like to be sure you meet the minimum qualifications ahead of time to serve as a juror. If you do NOT meet any one of these qualifications, please notify Jury Administration for assistance ASAP by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (770-528-1757 option 0).
- You must be at least 18 years of age and older
- You must be a resident of Cobb County, Georgia
- You must be a citizen of the United States
- You cannot serve if you are a convicted felon and your rights have not been restored to you.
- Please notify Jury Administration if you have a case pending at the same time as your jury service
- Were you summoned by an improper name? Are you the person listed on the jury summons?
Petit Juror Orientation Video
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 2019, The Superior Court of Cobb County heard 54 jury trials. Although 13,880 were summoned for jury duty and 5,930 reported for jury service, only 756 were actually chosen to sit on a jury. Those jurors chosen served an average of 3.3 days. When jurors report, most cases are settled and/or plead just by you being in attendance. Your actual presence for jury duty moves cases. The court knows your time is valuable, just know there is a lot going on behind the scene and your presence plays an important role in helping the court conduct its business. Jurors are essential to our justice system.
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 all the instructions and information located on the front and the back of the summons along with the Covid-19 information, as it will provide all the information you will need pertaining to your jury service. Keep your summons and bring it with you on the day you report as it will be required when you are checked in for service.
Your jury service can last an average of one week. You will be asked to call the voice mail or check our website 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.
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.
- Persons who is the primary unpaid caregiver for a person OVER the age of six; who completes an affidavit stating that such primary caregiver is responsible for the care of a person with such physical or cognitive limitations the he or she is unable to care for himself or herself and cannot be left unattended and that a primary caregiver has no reasonably available alternative to provide for care. The documentation must be filled out by a physician or other medical provider.
- 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.
- Active Military member or the spouse of an Active Military member on ordered military duty can request to be excused or deferred. An affidavit or a copy of your current military orders must be submitted two weeks prior to jury date.
Once the exemption form is completed and notarized, you can email the form by scanning it (pdf format) or by taking picture to: [email protected]. The notary stamp must be visible.
Jurors can request a maximum of a possible one-time postponement. A postponement request must be made in writing no later than two weeks prior to your service date. All postponements are granted or denied under the discretion of the court, in accordance to the needs of the court and the juror's previous number of granted request.
The postponement time frame is no later than eight weeks up to ten weeks from your original service date. For a longer deferment, the juror must have a doctor's letter or medical affidavit with an expected recovery time.
We require a written request for our records as to why you would like a postponement. You may choose one of these methods listed below to submit your request; fax your request to (770) 528-1808, email your written request to [email protected], submit an online postponement request located at the top of this website page, or you may send us a request 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. Atty Gen. No. 89-55