State law changed in 2012 which expanded the local jury pool to include every citizen who legally is eligible. Every resident who is at least 18 years old, a citizen of the county, and has registered to vote, has a Georgia driver’s license or a state-issued identification card will be eligible for jury duty.
The law provides for the following excusals/deferrals from jury service when a called juror completes and returns an affidavit that is provided on the back of the jury summons:
Convicted of felony unless your rights have been restored
OCGA 15-12-1(2) full-time student at a college, university, vocational school or another postsecondary school
OCGA 15-12-1(a)(1) primary caregiver which has active care and custody of a child under six years of age, and there is no reasonable available alternative child care
Over 70 years of age
Permanent medical excuse statement provided by a doctor
Primary teacher in a home school program (Home Study Code Section (c) 20-3-690