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Monday, October 08, 2012



Published August 29, 2012

“Fulton County Georgia is fed up with people missing jury duty”

by Nathan’ette Burdine-Follow on Twitter@nbnylemagazine

            Fulton County Georgia has reached its breaking point with individuals who purposefully miss jury duty.  So the county decided to send out a notice ordering the absentee potential jurors to court.  According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Johnny Edwards article, “In a first, Fulton holds jury no-shows accountable,” Fulton Country has historically ignored individuals who did not appear for jury duty.  This has resulted in the county having a higher no-show rate than the nation and the surrounding counties.  The nation has a no-show rate of 9%, while Fulton County has at times had a no-show rate of 50%.  Fulton decided it would try and change this by clamping down on its serial no-showers.  Edwards stated that the county notified approximately 8700 people, and deputies delivered approximately 200 notices per week to appear in court.  As for those who did appear in court, their explanations ranged from social to psychological problems.  Edwards quoted one man, who appeared before Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, as saying,  “I’m on probation right now.”  Another individual told the judge that he didn’t receive the notice in the mail, while a woman stated that she was suicidal and she was going to kill herself and her kids.  Edwards noted that Judge Adams was pretty lenient for the situation.  Although she could have fined the serial no-showers up to $500 and placed them in jail for up to 20 days, she decided against it and just fined them $60.  And out of the 51 people appearing before the judge, only 23 people had to pay the $60 fine.  However, there were some individuals excused.  According to Edwards, two were convicted felons and 12 people who were in contempt of court escaped with a stern lecture on the importance of jury duty.  There were approximately 12 people who did not appear in court, and a bench warrant was issued for their arrest.







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