Juror Information

Resuming Jury Trials in 2021

Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency

On Feb. 7, 2021, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton extended for another month the Statewide Judicial Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was the 11th he has signed that extends the emergency he first declared on March 14, 2020. The order continues the suspension of jury trials. Jury trials may resume in March, 2021.

Download the Eleventh Order Extending Statewide Judicial Emergency (PDF)

Second Standing Order for Court Proceedings

In accordance with the Eleventh Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, the Judges of the Juvenile, Magistrate, Municipal, Probate, State, and Superior Courts adopt the following guidelines for court proceedings.

Second Standing Order (PDF)

Jury Duty Summons

If you have received a summons for jury duty, you should follow the clerk of court’s instructions in advance of your date of service. On your date of service, you should report to Athens-Clarke County Courthouse as directed. The clerk of courts will check you in, and you will wait with other jurors for further instructions. For your comfort, you may wish to bring a light sweater.


Parking for jurors is available in the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse parking deck adjacent to the Courthouse at 325 East Washington Street. The deck entrance is located on Hancock Avenue between Thomas Street and Jackson Street. Be sure to present your jury summons to the attendant each time you enter the parking deck.

Juror Resources

Please note: No information contained in this manual is law, and it should never be taken as such. In each case, the judge will charge the jurors as to the law applicable to the facts of the particular case. It is the purpose and intention of this manual to provide general background information which may lead to a clearer understanding and better appreciation of the judicial process.