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Albany- The Dougherty County Bar Association answered some of those questions Tuesday during their annual lesson in law at Darton College.

This year's focus was on the American jury system and featured lawyers who practice in Dougherty County. Organizers say South Georgians need to be more comfortable with the jury system.

"A lot of people get uncomfortable answering questions about where they work, where their spouse worked, how old are their children, but there's a reason for all that, and hopefully today the audience will come away with a better understanding of why we ask the things we do," says Tom Langstaff.

Presenters also explained Georgia's new Criminal Justice Act which goes into effect this July. It gives both the prosecution and defense and equal number of chances to strike potential jurors. As it stands now the defense is given more strikes than the state.

Posted at 5:20 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com