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What do you have to do to be a juror in Liberty County? For years I was told you had to be a registered voter to be picked for jury duty. That cannot be true, I have been a registered voter in Bryan and Liberty counties since I was eighteen years old. I'm now 50. I have voted more times than my husband Tommie and he has been called for jury duty at least every other year for the past thirty years. Tommie keeps telling me, just because I get summoned for jury duty doesn't mean I will actually get picked to serve as a juror. I understand that, but I would like to get summoned and I want to know what I have to do to be summoned as a potential juror. I have lived in Liberty County since 1990. My husband and I have run into F. Barry Wilkes several times around Hinesville and every time, Tommie asks him what do I have to do to be summoned for duty. Each time, Mr. Wilkes is very pleasant and smiles and says I need to call his office and have them add my name to the "roster". Not only have I called his office, I mailed my information, and I even went to the website and registered. I have not heard a word. My daughter who just moved back to the state of Georgia from Maryland in October 2012 received a summons for jury duty last year.( She is in the Army, stationed at Ft. Gordon in Augusta and was not able to serve as a juror). I realize that I am on some sort of list, because I receive a birthday card from Mr. Wilkes' office every year. My life won't stop if I don't get called for jury duty. I'm not dying to convict someone. But I do wonder how the same people get called time after time and some people never get called at all. I just want to do my civic duty. Just tell me the what the requirements are Mr. Wilkes. "I can handle the truth!"


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sebekm commented on Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 21:00 PM

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:

http://www.libertyco.com/jury/Jury.html

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.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 05:08 AM

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.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 13:21 PM

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.

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 14:09 PM

Funkentelecky, I'd say you are spot on.

It may not be incompetency,

It might be manipulation of our courts.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 14:55 PM

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.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 16:37 PM

Me too!

timeontarget commented on Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 07:07 AM

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.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 18:07 PM

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.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 06:19 AM

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.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 06:22 AM

If all jurors were known by the public I think it would make our courthouse activities a bit more transparent.


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