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Yes. Georgia law requires that the names of potential jurors be identified through a rather complicated process. Once the citizens who are to serve on the juror panel have been identified and notices have been sent to each of the potential jurors, each juror is expected to attend the court session as outlined in the juror summons.
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Yes. Georgia law specifically provides that only citizens of the United States are qualified to serve as jurors.
You must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Columbia County, a citizen of the United States, and cannot be a convicted felon whose civil rights have not been restored. There are additional requirements that are specific to the case to be tried, but the list above forms the basic qualifications.
Please contact the Clerk of Court and advise her staff that you no longer reside in Columbia County. If you are not presently a resident of Columbia County, you cannot serve on a jury in a case in the Columbia Judicial Circuit.
Georgia law provides a few, very specific situations to allow a juror to have his/her service deferred to another date and time. Your juror summons should have identified a date and time for excuses to be considered. Please plan to attend that proceeding and let your issue be known. Only rarely is a juror truly "excused" from jury service - usually only deferred to another date and time.