New Law Expands Local Jury Pool Selection

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

June 29, 2012

A new law is changing the way jurors will be selected in Georgia.

Starting July 1st, every resident who is at least 18 years old, a citizen of the U.S, and/or has a drivers license or state issued identification card will be eligible for selection.

A list of potential jurors will be created using the state's driver's license file and voter registry. Names will then be selected at random.

David Hutchings, Clerk of the Superior Court said, "This means that the civic duty of jury service will be spread out over a large pool and this is a good thing."

Under the previous law, Georgia was the only remaining state to use forced balancing. Jury pools were created by jury commissions in order ensure the selection was not skewed according to gender or race. The new law system, however, will eliminate any opportunity of discrimination when selecting a jury.

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