I believe it's just the luck of the draw. I've been a registered GA voter since 1998, and I got picked one time (I believe it was in 2006). I think they went through a process a few years back which was designed to identify every eligible potential juror and add them to the list, thereby increasing the total number in the jury pool. Theoretically this would decrease the frequency/likelihood of someone being "nominated" for jury duty over time.
Here's the web page on jury requirements:
If you already get the annual "happy birthday" letter from Mr. Wilkes, then my understanding is that you already ARE on the list. There's nothing further you need to (or can) do - except wait to be called.
Wow wynnxds! Many folks, myself included, do everything possible to Get OUT of jury duty. But Sebekm is right, I believe. I'm a local and have been 'summoned' to serve only 3 times for Superior Court duty and 1 time for Grand Jury. Did the GJ thing, got picked once for a jury trial, and excluded\not picked twice. All this over a forty year span. Haven't been called in last 14 years. Just get my annual birthday letter from the Clerk of Courts Office.
I agree with Chief and Jimmy. I have been picked twice in 15 years of residing in Liberty County. Once while still on active duty, and once since retirement from service. I also think that government incompetency has its hand in it too. Whomever is in charge isn't auditing the rolls properly.
Funkentelecky, I'd say you are spot on.
It may not be incompetency,
It might be manipulation of our courts.
All I know is the two times I didn't make it into the jury room, after we were all gueried by both the Prosecution and the Defense lawyers, I was STRUCK (eliminated) as a juror by the Prosecution.
A very long time ago it was custom for the Clerk of Superior Court to announce jurors in the County newspaper.
I believe Oscar Flowers was Clerk in the early fifties and was followed by Robert Kitchings.
I think they both published jurors well in advance of court sessions.
It would be nice if the Courier would resume that practice.
I think that would be alright for Grand Jury duty. I don't think it is necessary to trial jury duty. The Grand Jury deals with issues that affect many while trial jury deals usually with a limited number of individuals.
I agree it is more important for the masses to know who will be serving on upcoming Grand Juries.
It also just might be interesting to know who is chosen frequently to serve on various trial juries.
If all jurors were known by the public I think it would make our courthouse activities a bit more transparent.