All jurors summoned for the week of September 26, 2016 have been excused for the remainder of the week. The Judge and the Clerk thank you.
JURY DUTY SCAM ALERT! PLEASE READ!
Richmond County has issued a warning for a Jury Duty scam. If you have received a phone call about missing a court date for Jury Duty, DO NOT pay or give personal information over the phone to someone claiming to represent law enforcement or the court.
Please report any incidents to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Records Bureau at 706-821-1010 during normal business hours (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! For any questions regarding a missed court date for jury selection, please call Jury Services at 706-821-2430.
The constitution of the United States guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status the right to an impartial trial by a jury of his/her peers. The official code of Georgia states that all eligible citizens shall have both the opportunity and obligation to serve. It is important that jurors promptly report as required. Absences may delay or even jeopardize trials. As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
To be eligible a person must be:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be a resident of Richmond County, GA;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Never have been convicted of a felony without being pardoned by the state, had his/her civil rights restored by the state, or sentenced under the first offender act.
During the trial and the recesses, jurors must not discuss the case with each other or any person. The jurors should not mingle with attorney’s or witnesses in the case. They must not accept any favor of any nature from any party involved in the case. If a juror is approached in such a way, he or she should report this communication to the court.
Grand jury is one of the highest duties of citizenship. It will give you an opportunity to learn more about our judicial system. You will receive $25.00 per each day’s attendance at the end of your term of service. Grand jurors are selected on the third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November of each year. Grand jurors serve a term of two months. They generally report on the third Monday to be sworn in and then each Tuesday thereafter. There may be 2 or 3 additional assigned reporting days. Those jurors summoned for grand jury do not need to telephone the jury information line for further reporting instructions.
Any Individual shall be disqualified from serving as a Grand Juror if:
- Convicted of a felony without his/her civil rights restored.
- Deemed mentally incompetent by a court of law.
- Currently charged with a felony offense and is in a pre-trial release program.
- Currently serving a felony sentence.
- Currently enrolled in an Accountability Court.