The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia did not make it into work Monday morning. Instead, P. Harris Hines reported for jury duty at the Cobb County Superior Court.
“As citizens, each of us has a duty – and the privilege – to serve as jurors when called. I’m no different than anyone else,” said the head of the highest court of the state.
Chief Justice Hines reported sharply at 8:30 a.m., as required, and took it all in stride. But not everyone did.
“When some people realized who he was, I think they were surprised to see the head of the judicial branch of government, who presides as a judge over criminal and civil appeals, willing to switch places and serve as a juror,” said Chief Judge Tain Kell of the Cobb Judicial Circuit. “The jury system is the bedrock of our democracy, and it’s heartening for all of us to see our Chief Justice play his part.”