Georgia Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Georgia law prohibits employers from threatening, discharging, or otherwise penalizing employees who have been called to jury duty or subpoenaed to appear at judicial proceedings, except criminal proceedings against the employee. Employers may require employees to give reasonable notification of an expected absence or tardiness for attendance at a judicial proceeding.
An employer that violates this provision may be liable for damages and reasonable attorneys' fees (GA Code Sec. 34-1-3).
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All Georgia residents who are U.S. citizens aged 18 and over registered to vote, licensed to drive, and/or issued a state identification card will be included in jury pools. Prospective jurors will be randomly selected from these pools.
Employees who previously were permanently excused from jury duty may now receive summons. They must contact their county clerk of the court for a new affidavit requesting to be excused.
Georgia courts have held that an employee is not required to prove that a court order or subpoena mandating their appearance was actually enforceable in order to assert a claim under the jury duty statute. Rather, the plaintiff need only show that the order was facially valid so that a reasonable employee would have understood it to mandate compliance ( Thomas v. HL-A-Co., 313 Ga. App. 94 (2011) ).
Private employers. According to an opinion by the state's Attorney General, an employee is entitled to be paid his or her salary while missing work to serve on jury duty (GA Atty. Gen. Op. No. 89-55 (1989)). Some courts pay jurors a small fee, and the employer may offset any amounts received by an employee for a particular ...

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