Stone Mountain Judicial Court - DeKalb County, Georgia
  


Frequently Asked Questions

How was I chosen for jury service?
Who is eligible to serve as a juror in DeKalb County?
Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
Can my employer fire me if I serve as a juror?
Will I be paid for jury duty?
Where do I go to report for jury duty?
Where do I park?
What types of cases will I hear?
What should I bring with me to the courthouse?
What should I wear?
How long could my jury service last?
How will I know what to do as a juror?
Will I be locked up in a hotel during the trial?
Is it possible to report for jury service but not sit on a jury?
Where can I go for lunch?

How was I chosen for jury service?
The Jury Commissioners of DeKalb County oversee the creation of a master jury list of county residents compiled from licensed drivers, persons with state identification cards and registered voters. Your name was drawn at random from that master list.

Who is eligible to serve as a juror in DeKalb County?
Jurors must be citizens of the United States and residents of DeKalb County Georgia; be at least 18 years old; be physically and mentally competent; able to understand and speak English; and, must not be a convicted felon, whose rights have not been restored.

Do I have to respond to the jury summons?
Yes. A jury summons is an official court document. Failure to report as required could result in a contempt finding against you.

Can my employer fire me if I serve as a juror?
It is against the law for an employer to fire or demote an employee because they serve as a juror. However, the law does not require that the employee be paid his/her salary in full while serving.

Will I be paid for jury duty?
Yes. You will receive $15.00 for the first day you serve and $25.00 for each subsequent day.

Grand jurors are paid $40.00 for each day of service.

Where do I go to report for jury duty?
Jurors are to report to Room 100 in the DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030 at 8:15 A.M.

Grand jurors report to Room 805 on the eighth floor of the Administrative Tower, 556 North McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030 at 8:30 A.M.

Where do I park?
Free parking is available in downtown Decatur in the parking deck on West Trinity Place. Handicap parking is available on all levels of the parking deck, near the elevators, with the exception of the 2nd level.

What types of cases will I hear?
You may hear either criminal or civil cases.

What should I bring with me to the courthouse?
You will need to bring the Jury Summons, driver’s license or state Identification Card, glasses and/or hearing devices (if needed). You may also bring a book or other reading materials to occupy your time when you are not in a courtroom. Knitting needles, glass or other sharp objects are not allowed in the courthouse. While efforts will be made by the court to reduce delays in the starting of trials, some waiting time should be anticipated. You may use cell phones, lap top computers and other electronics in the Jury Assembly Room only.

What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably, but not too casually. Business attire is appropriate. Judges, generally, do not allow anyone to enter their courtroom wearing halter or tank tops, cut off jeans, or shirts with offensive wording. Also, you might want to wear layered clothing since courtroom temperatures may vary considerably.

How long could my jury service last?
DeKalb County uses the one day or one trial system, whichever is longest. If you are seated for a trial, you must serve until the trial ends.

How will I know what to do as a juror?
Upon entering the Jury Assembly area, you will be checked in by a member of the Jury Management staff and given a blue juror badge. There will be a brief orientation session which explains what to expect as a juror. You will also be shown an orientation video and given additional information by the Jury Management staff. A Juror oath will be administered. If selected for a trial, the judge will also instruct you on your duties as a juror.

Will I be locked up in a hotel during the trial?
It is extremely rare for a jury to be “sequestered” or kept in a hotel during a trial. You should expect that you will be allowed to go home at the end of each court day.

Is it possible to report for jury service but not sit on a jury?
Yes. At times the parties in a case may settle their differences prior to selecting a jury. The court cannot be certain of the need for a jury until the calendar is called.

Where can I go for lunch?
Several restaurants and other eateries are within walking distance of the courthouse. A Snack Bar is located on the basement level of the courthouse in the Judicial Tower. Jurors may also bring food and other snacks with them. Glass containers are not allowed in the courthouse. For your convenience, there are drink and snack machines in the Jury Assembly Room.