The United States Constitution guarantees everyone the right to trial by a jury of his/her peers, and therefore juries have a long-standing tradition in American jurisprudence. The Superior Court Jury Managerís Office is responsible for summoning Muscogee 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.

The Jury Manager is responsible for providing jurors to all nine trial Courts. Administrative duties include issuance of subpoenas, payroll, deferment, orientation and oath of jurors. Approximately 13,000 jurors will be subpoena this year. Jurors are paid $25 per day for service.

Jury Duty Information

100 10th Street, Government Center - Tower, Ground Floor
Telephone: 706.653.4310
Fax: 706.653.4308
Call 706.653.4312 for Jury Pool Instructions

PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

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 Managerís phone line, 706.653.4312 to receive additional instructions at the end of each day.

Click here for parking information.

All jurors will go through a metal detector when they go upstairs to the courtrooms. Please do not bring books, magazines, phones, beepers, pocketknives, mace or pepper spray.

Jurors who are 70 years of age or older and would like to have their name taken out of the jury box should call our office, 706.653.4310, for an age certificate.

PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

If you have medical problems, send a doctor's letter to:
Jury Manager
P.O. Box 1340
Columbus, Georgia 31902

or Get the doctor's office to fax a letter to 706.653.4308.

Jury Parking Information

Jurors can park in the 3rd lot on 1st Avenue (see map below). This lot fills up quickly so if you cannot find a place in this lot, go to the parking garage at the intersection of Broadway and 9th Street. DO NOT PARK in the numbered spaces in the garage because they are rented out by the month. If you park in these spaces you will get a parking ticket and we cannot take up the ticket for you. We will give you a token to get out of the garage and the 1st Avenue parking lot, when you report for jury duty. Also, please DO NOT PARK on the streets around the Government Center. These spaces have between a two and four hour parking time limit, after which you will receive a parking ticket.

Georgia State Laws for Jury Duty Exemptions

Under Georgia law, exemptions are granted to the following properly documented persons.

  • Persons age 70 or older that do not wish to serve may file an affidavit requesting their name be removed from the jury list.
  • 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 schoolís registrarís office.
  • Any person who is a primary caregiver having active care and custody of a child under four years of age who has no alternative child care available must sign an affidavit.
  • 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.34-13(b), you may contact the Clerk of Superior Court at 706-653-4370 or you may contact the law library located in the Columbus Consolidated Government Center.
 

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ID Required for Jury Instructions