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News & Announcements: October, 2017

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Standing Order 2017-02 is effective November 1, 2017.  This standing Order is a revision of Standing Order 2017-01 regarding conditions of post-conviction supervision and instructions regarding criminal financial obligations.  Standing Order 2017-02 adds Condition # 4 of the Mandatory Conditions of Supervised Release regarding convictions requiring mandatory restitution.

  Standing Order 2017-02

A new jury scam is targeting citizens within Middle Georgia.  Emails are being sent advising citizens that they failed to appear for jury duty, and directing them to contact the “Judicial Division of the U.S. Marshals Office.”  The subject line of the emails is “F.T.A. Notification” and the sender’s email address replicates the name of a clerk and uses “US.District.Courts@clerk.com.”

Most contact between a federal court and prospective juror will be through U.S. mail, and any phone or email contact by court staff will not include requests for sensitive information such as social security numbers or credit card information.   Emails from the court are sent from an email address that contains a “.gov” extension, and not “.com”. 

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 at (478) 752-3497 for verification of any suspicious communications related to jury service.

  Please see the attached press release