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Jury Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What will happen when I report to jury duty?

You should report to the Jury Assembly Room, room M-10, which is located on the mezzanine level, just off the main lobby of the County Courts Building. Once you are checked in there will be a brief orientation. You will then wait in the Jury Assembly Area until your number is called to go to a courtroom. When you report to the courtroom the Judge will tell you about the case, introduce the lawyers and others who may be involved with the case at hand. You will also take an oath, in which you will promise to answer all questions truthfully. After you are sworn in, the Judge and lawyers will question you about your impartiality and knowledge of the case. This process, known as "voir dire" is part of the selection process used in both criminal and civil cases.

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Q. What is the reimbursement for jury duty?

A. Jurors are paid $15 per day, plus validated parking for designated County garages. If you are impaneled on a petit jury for more than five days, starting on the sixth day, your juror payment will increase to $50 per day. Maryland law does not state that your employer has to pay you while you serve as a juror; however, the court will provide you with certification of attendance.

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Q. Can I go home during the trial?

A. Yes, jurors routinely go home at the end of each day.

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Q. What if I have an emergency during the trial?

A. Because your absence could delay a trial, it is important that you report each day you are required. If an emergency arises, such as a sudden illness, accident or death in the family, contact the judge's staff immediately.

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Q. After I am selected, what happens during the trial?

A. Although the particular order may vary by judge, the following generally represents the events in the trial as they occur:

  • Opening Statements
  • Presentation of Evidence
  • Jury Instructions
  • Closing Arguments
  • Jury Deliberations
  • Announcement of the Verdict

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Q. Is there a chance that I might be called but not sit on a jury?

A. Yes, sometimes parties in a case settle their differences only moments before the trial is scheduled to begin; however, it is important knowing your time in serving on jury duty is worthwhile, meaning that because you have served you have made a difference in our justice system.

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Q. What is the length of service for a petit juror?

A. A citizen selected for petit jury duty serves for the length of one trial however long that trial may run. The average length of trial is two to three days, although in some cases it may run longer. If you have not been selected for a trial, your service is completed at the end of one day. An average day on jury duty lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Revised October 12, 2017         


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