All visitors to the courthouses in the Middle District of Georgia will be screened for security purposes. Brief cases, purses, packages, and the like will be x-rayed; no weapons of any kind, cameras, or recording devices are allowed in the courthouses.
Welcome to the official website for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The U.S. District Court is comprised of five divisions encompassing seventy counties in the state of Georgia with offices in Athens, Albany, Columbus, Macon, and Valdosta.
475 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201
201 West Broad Avenue
Albany, Georgia 31701
115 East Hancock Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601
120 12th Street
Columbus, GA 31902
401 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
News & Announcements
Congress has taken no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure, adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress on April 28, 2016. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, amendments to the rules are effective December 1, 2016 and can be found at the following link: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/current-rules-practice-procedure
Scams related to jury duty are prevalent throughout the country. A recent scam targeted citizens of Middle Georgia. The scam involved a phone call from someone posing as a Deputy Marshal or Deputy Sheriff informing citizens that they failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant or citation has been issued. The caller offered the juror an opportunity to pay money to avoid further trouble. The payment was directed to be made in cash or prepaid debit/credit cards within a short period, and delivered to an address that was not a United States courthouse.
While the failure to appear for jury service can carry monetary penalties under 28 U.S.C. §1866(g), the Court would first order a juror to appear in court and show cause for the failure to comply with the summons. The Court would not assess a penalty by phone, and it would not direct payment by cash or prepaid card. Any fine for failure to appear for jury duty would be imposed by a judge during an open session of court, and the juror would be given the opportunity to explain the failure to appear before being assessed a fine.
Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through U.S. mail, and any phone contact by court staff will not include requests for sensitive information such as Social Security numbers or credit card information.
If anyone suspects they have been targeted by this scam or is contacted by someone requesting payments related to jury duty, please do not make the payment. Instead, immediately report the incident to your local law enforcement agency. You may also contact the U.S. District Court Clerk's Office in Macon, GA at (478) 752-3497 for verification of any suspicious communications related to jury service.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted here on the Judiciary’s website. The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard copy documents. The public comment period ends February 15, 2017.