Jury Service Frequently Asked Questions
JURY SERVICE: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are jury trials still needed? Yes. Jury trials are a cornerstone of the justice system. They are critical to fair hearings and a key constitutional guarantee (Amendment VI, U.S. Constitution) for all.
Will jury duty be in person or via virtual means? Jury selection will be done in two groups. Persons with video capability will participate via Zoom from their homes in one group. Jurors without video will come into the courtroom for questioning in a group no larger than 12. The six persons chosen for jury service will come to the courthouse to hear the trial. There are many reasons for this including: constitutional rights of the accused, access to attorney presentations, access to evidence/exhibits and to facilitate juror discussion during deliberations.
What if I am in the high-risk category or I am an essential worker? Can I be excused or rescheduled for jury duty? Yes. Follow the instructions on your summons to apply for these options.
Will the courthouse be clean and safe? Yes. The courtroom and jury deliberations room will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Protecting the health and safety of the public and courthouse staff is essential.
Will the courtroom and jury rooms adhere to the CDC precautionary measures of social distancing? Yes. The court will adhere to the CDC precautionary measures. Jury positions will be marked in the courtroom and jury deliberation space.
Will I have to bring a mask and gloves? If you personally desire to bring and wear your own personal protective equipment, you may do so. The court will also have masks, face shields and gloves available. Please note you are required to wear a face covering while in City Hall.
Will the courthouse have hand sanitizer dispensers and hand washing areas available? Yes. Hand sanitizers and hand washing areas will be available in the courthouse.
What if I feel sick the day of jury selection or jury duty? Should I report for jury duty, or do I stay home? If you feel sick, stay home and contact a member of the court staff for instructions. See JUROR HEALTH CHECKLIST on our website. If you have any symptoms on the checklist do not appear for jury service.
Will coffee and reading materials be available? At this time, the court will not be offering coffee or reading materials. Please feel free to bring your own and dispose of them once done. For persons selected for the final jury panel, the court will provide bottled water and individually wrapped snacks and candy.