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First Day - What to Expect?

Jury FAQ

Being summoned for jury duty can be intimidating.  Here is a preview of the first day:

  • You should plan to arrive at the courthouse at least 15 minutes before your reporting time.  The courthouse opens at 7:30 am.  A common mistake is going to the state courthouse, not the federal courthouse.  Be sure to check the address on your summons rather than relying on where you think the courthouse might be.
  • Please review the enclosed documentation included with your 'Notice to Appear' letter for parking instructions.
  • You cannot bring a cell phone or electronic device into the courthouse.  You will be asked to take your electronic device(s) back to your car if you bring one with you.
  • You should dress in courtroom-appropriate attire, akin to business or church attire.  You should bring a sweater or jacket because the courthouses can get very cold.  You should bring something to read during downtime.  Once the trial starts, certain reading material may be off-limits (the presiding judge will give you instructions on what you can and cannot read).  There are vending machines in the courthouses but no cafeterias.  There are refrigerators to store your own food, if you are selected as a juror.
  • Once you arrive, you will pass through a security checkpoint.  Have your identification and summons ready for review.  From the checkpoint, you will be directed to the jury assembly room.
  • In the jury assembly room, you will be greeted by a staff member and you will have an opportunity to ask questions after a brief orientation.
  • From the jury assembly room, you will be escorted to a courtroom to participate in jury selection.  Depending on the case, jury selection can last one to three hours.  At the end, you will either be excused from service or selected to serve on the jury.


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