Jury FAQs

  • Where did you get my name for jury duty and who is considered qualified?

    Names for all potential jurors are randomly chosen from voter registration lists obtained from the Secretary of State’s office. You are qualified if you are over the age of 18, are a U.S. citizen, and have been residing in the state of Georgia for at least one year.

  • What are the grounds for requesting a permanent excuse and how do I request one?

    There are several legal reasons for which you can be excused. All excuses must be made in writing to the U.S. District Court jury office. You can mail, fax, or email your request (If you are emailing a medical excuse, a doctor's letter will also be required). You can be excused if:

    • You are 70 years of age or older
    • You provide full-time care to an aged or infirm person
    • You provide full-time care to children under the age of 10
    • You are a volunteer firefighter or member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew
    • You have a grave medical condition or physical disability (for which a doctor’s letter is mandatory)
    • You have served within two years in the Federal Court

    You will receive a response to your inquiry via U.S. Mail.

  • What are the grounds for requesting a temporary excuse and how do I request one?

    You may request a temporary postponement due to other commitments (vacation, work, health, school, etc.) that may conflict with your summons date. It will be necessary to submit a letter to the jury office with your request at least seven business days prior to when your service is to begin. Please indicate in your letter when you will be able to serve within three months. You can mail, fax, or email your request. You will receive a letter via U.S. Mail (or email if an email address has been provided) regarding the judge's decision and your new service date.

  • How will I know which days to report?

    You are “on call” for a two week period of time. Therefore, every night for two weeks (beginning after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before your term begins), you should call the automated jury information system at (404) 215-1501. If the message says that you have to report for jury duty, then you would report to the courthouse the following day.

    If you serve on a case which concludes during your two-week term, you remain “on call” and may serve again. If your case extends beyond the two-week period, you are required to serve for its entire duration (this occurs infrequently).

  • If asked to report, how many hours will I be at the courthouse each day?

    On the first day you report, you will be requested to be at the courthouse at 8:00 a.m. for jury orientation. Depending on how many cases are going that particular day, you could be at the courthouse until 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. When you are serving on a case, the hours are approximately 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (depending on the judge).

  • What should I wear to jury duty?

    Jurors should be comfortably dressed. We prefer that you do not come in tank tops, halters, flip-flops, etc. We encourage you to bring a sweater or jacket as the courtrooms can get cold.

  • May I bring a cell phone, laptop, tablet or other electronic device into the courthouse?

    Cell phones and other electronic devices with cameras will not be allowed beyond the security check points. However, these devices WITHOUT cameras are allowed.

  • May I bring my children with me to jury duty?

    No. Please do not bring your children to court as there are no facilities for them.

  • How much do you pay for jury duty?

    You will receive an attendance fee plus the current GSA rate for mileage.  Checks will be mailed 15 business days after the last day of the term. You will receive a parking pass once you report for service, allowing you to park in the parking lot located behind the Russell Building. Meals are not provided but there is a cafeteria in the building. If you earn more than $600 as a juror, we will send you a 1099 to complete for tax purposes. Otherwise, the pay is not taxed. Some common mileage distances include

    City Miles City Miles
    Acworth 35 Kennesaw 28
    Alpharetta 28 Lawrenceville 30
    College Park 8 Lilburn 24
    Conyers 25 Marietta 20
    Decatur 7 Powder Springs 26
    Douglasville 25 Riverdale 20
    Duluth 25 Sandy Springs 25
    Dunwoody 15 Smyrna 15
    Fairburn 19 Stone Mountain 16
    Jonesboro 21 Woodstock 32

     

  • Does my employer have to pay me my normal wages if I'm serving on a jury?

    No, there is no law enforcing employers to pay employees for the time they missed while on jury duty. Often times they will ask that you pay them your attendance fee(s) in order to maintain your salary. However, you should be able to keep your mileage.

  • Can my employer fire me for not being at work due to jury duty?

    Pursuant to Title 28, U.S.C. Section 1875 “No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employee’s jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States.”

  • Can I stay overnight the night before I have to report in Atlanta and where should I stay?

    If you live more than 65 miles from the courthouse in which you are serving, you are entitled to a per diem subsistence rate. (Normally, this applies to Grand Jurors who live in other divisions besides Atlanta).  Contact the jury office at (404) 215-1640 for information regarding local hotels.

  • Will I ever have to spend the night?

    It is very rare that you would need to spend the night.  In general, jurors would be notified in advance if they were to be sequestered.

  • What if I am hearing impaired but still want to serve?

    At their September 1995 meeting, the Judicial Conference of the United States adopted a policy that all federal courts are to provide accommodations to those persons with hearing difficulties. Therefore, the court can provide sign language interpreters.

  • Are there facilities available for nursing mothers?

    Yes.  Contact the jury office for more information.