|Will I be paid for being a juror?
Jurors are compensated at a rate of $5.00 a day when not seated, or $10.00 per day when seated.
Must my employer pay me while on jury duty?
An employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a juror.
Where do I park?
You may park in the garage adjacent to the Government Services Center on the corner of Court Street and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Overflow parking is provided by the garage at the corner of Market and Third Streets.
Who can have a jury trial?
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
What is voir dire or questioning of the jury panel?
Voir dire means to speak the truth. It is a way for the parties to select a fair and impartial jury. Under the justice system, you may be questioned by the judge and each of the lawyers before they decide to remove a juror from the jury panel. For example, the lawyer may ask questions to see if a prospective juror may have any prejudice or bias toward anyone in the trial. These questions are not intended to embarrass but rather to help the lawyers in the jury selection process. You may ask the judge to allow you to answer some questions away from the other jurors.
What if I have a special need or emergency?
After you have been selected as a juror on a case, if you have a special need or an emergency, tell the bailiff.
What about after the trial?
After the jurors return their verdict and are dismissed by the judge, they are free to go about their own affairs. They are under no obligation to speak to anyone about the case and may refuse any and all requests for comment. Nevertheless, members of a jury may discuss their experience as a juror with others if they so desire, but they may not divulge any information respecting the vote of any other juror.