- Who qualifies for jury service?
- What if I don't meet the qualifications or cannot be available when I am summoned to appear?
- How often must I serve?
- Will I get paid for serving as a juror?
- Does my employer have to pay me for time missed from work due to jury service?
- What should I bring when I report?
- What if I fail to report for service?
- What should I wear?
To qualify for jury service an individual must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the county, and able to read, write, speak and understand the English language. To qualify, an individual must not have a mental or physical infirmity that would render them incapable of efficient jury service or have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
You should contact the Court Administrator to request that you be excused from jury service.
If a person serves for one or two days, they need not serve again for a period of one year. If service is for three or more days, the exemption period is three years.
Yes. Jurors are paid $9.00 per day for the first three days of jury service and $25.00 per day for every day thereafter. You will receive a check at the end of your jury service.
Under Pennsylvania law, an employer is not required to pay persons during their period of jury service. However, an employer may not fire you or otherwise harm you for responding to a summons.
You should bring your summons. You may also bring something to read during waiting periods.
You may be required to appear in court and you could be held in contempt and fined. However, by making jury service as flexible as possible, we hope to avoid using this power.
Casual attire should be worn as long as it is in keeping with the dignity of court proceedings. Ties are not required. Slacks, sport shirts, and casual dresses are all appropriate.
Please remember: Weapons, including pen knives, cutting instruments, pepper gas and mace are not permitted in the building and will be confiscated and not returned. Cellular phones are permitted in the Courthouse but not in the courtroom.