Due to the corona virus pandemic there may be some changes to the Grand Jury procedures as they are listed below. If you receive a Grand Jury summons, follow the instructions on that summons and call the presiding Judge's office or the Jury Services Office if you have a question.

If you have received a grand jury summons for the week starting June 7, 2021, please follow the instructions listed below:

The Honorable Louisa Abbot is the presiding judge.

  1. Call 912-652-6965 immediately for your reporting instructions, if you have not already done so.
  2. On June 5th or June 6th, Saturday or Sunday, call the above phone number again for your reporting instructions for Monday, June 7th.
    Continue to call that number every night that week after 7 pm to hear your reporting instructions until instructed otherwise.
    The recording will tell you the day and time to report or when to call back for further instructions.
  3. If you have a problem serving you must submit a written request to Judge Abbot by May 27, 2021 as explained on your summons.
    If received in time, the Judge will respond to your request in writing.
    For further information, you may leave a voice message at 912-652-6966.
    Someone on the Judge’s staff will return your call as soon as possible.
  4. To print affidavit and other excusal or exemption forms, click the button on the previous screen labeled "Juror Forms and Affidavits," then select and print the form applicable to your situation, and submit the completed form to Judge Abbot by May 27th.

Thank you for your service!

Grand Jurors are usually drawn quarterly from the master list of potential jurors provided to Chatham County by the State of Georgia's Council of Superior Court Clerks. This master list of potential jurors is the same one from which trial jurors (sometime called “petit” jurors) are selected. The requirements to serve as a Grand Juror are basically the same as for a trial juror. In addition to the basic requirements for serving as a trial juror, Grand Jurors when summoned must have resided in Chatham County Georgia for at least six months. Also, they must not be holding or have held an elected office in state or local government during the previous six months.

Citizens summoned for grand jury service are usually instructed to report on the first Monday (or Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) of the term of court for which they have been summoned. On the first reporting day, twenty-three to twenty-six Grand Jurors are chosen to serve for a three month term. Those citizens who are chosen to serve as Grand Jurors usually report every Wednesday for three months. The Superior Court Judges rotate the responsibility of presiding over Grand Jury every six months.

The summonses for Grand Jury service are sent out approximately a month ahead of the reporting date with instructions to contact the presiding judge if someone summoned has a problem serving during that term. Only the judge presiding over the grand jury may excuse or defer someone from grand jury service. All requests for excusal or deferral from Grand Jury Service must be put in writing to the presiding Judge by the deadline date specified on the Grand Jury summons you receive. The presiding judge will respond in writing to all requests. There are alternate Grand Jurors chosen who will be able to fill in for any Grand Juror who may need to miss one or two meetings during their term of service. Therefore, during the District Attorney’s Grand Juror orientation that follows being sworn or affirmed as a grand juror, you should inform them of any meeting date that you may not be able to attend. They will then possibly be able to schedule an alternate to replace you for that meeting day.

Questions concerning the grand jury summons and procedures, may be directed to someone in the Jury Service Division. You may contact someone in Jury Service at 912-652-7170, Monday through Friday between 2 pm and 4:30 pm. Please keep in mind that Jury Service personnel cannot defer or excuse anyone from grand jury service.

The Grand Jury will meet under the advisement of the District Attorney once the members for the current term are selected.
Click here for the Grand Jury Service Fact Sheet