Are You Scheduled to Report for Jury Service?
Need to Speak to Someone About Your Jury Service?
- Contact the Jury Office:
Want to Know More About Jury Service in Worcester County and in Maryland?
- Frequently Asked Questions about jury service in Worcester County
- Trial Jury Service – an informational handbook for Trial Jurors
- Grand Jury Handbook – an informational booklet for Grand Jurors
- Maryland Judiciary’s Jury Service Website – general information about jury service for citizens, jurors, and employers
Worcester County Jury Office
1 W Market Street, Room 208
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
- 410-632-4592 (Fax)
- Recorded reporting instructions after 5:00 p.m. 410-632-5674 or 410-632-1013
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Worcester County Circuit Court is one of fifteen jurisdictions to replace its jury system with a new jury management system. This system offers many advantages to the citizens of Maryland and will improve jury management efficiency in the Circuit Courts. A few benefits of the system for prospective jurors is the ability to access their juror information, complete a juror qualification form online, request a (one time only) postponement, and update their juror profile information twenty-four hours a day.
Worcester County has two Grand Jury terms for 6-months each which begin the 4th Monday in February and the 4th Monday in September. Grand jurors generally serve less than 6 times during the 6 month term of service. Trial jurors generally serve less than 5 times during the one month term of service. The Circuit Court schedules jury trials Monday through Thursday and tries not to schedule jury trials on Fridays if possible.
COMPLETE AND RETURN QUALIFICATION FORM PROMPTLY
If you have received a summons for jury service, please complete Part B – Juror Qualification Form on the back portion of your summons and return it to the Jury Office within ten days of receipt. You can also complete the Qualification Form online at http://mdcourts.gov/juryservice/jurorqualificationform.html.
All requests to be excused from jury service must be submitted in writing to the jury office before the “SERVICE BEGINS ON” date shown on your JUROR BADGE. This is one reason it is important to return the form within ten (10) days as requested.
Reporting for Jury Service
Worcester County has a convenient automated call-in system for jurors to verify if their service is required or they may go online. The juror summons provides the information needed to access the call-in system. The phone number for the call-in system is 410-632-5674. If you experience problems with the message on 410-632-5674, you must call the alternate jury instruction line at 410-632-1013. Jurors must call after 5:00 P.M. to confirm service for the following day. You may also check the Jury Announcement website. You will need your reporting number from the “Juror Badge” portion of your summons to obtain reporting information. Your summons specifies if you are a Trial juror or a Grand juror. The recorded message will advise jurors as to whether or not they are needed for jury duty and provide additional instructions including the daily reporting time. Please make certain that you listen to the entire message carefully.
Trial Jurors are responsible for checking each and every evening (Sunday – Thursday) during your service month to confirm if service is required the next day. Trial Jurors must call the jury message call-in system (410) 632-5674 or the alternate number (410) 632-1013 or check the Jury Announcement website, and report as instructed.
Grand Jurors must call the juror information line at (410) 632-5674 on the EVENING prior to your service start date after 5:00 p.m. Listen carefully to "GRAND JURY" information to determine if service is required. Report as instructed by the message you hear. Grand jurors will also receive a letter through the mail each time the Grand Jury is recalled
Jury Service is an important aspect of the rights, privileges, and duties we all enjoy as citizens. Your willingness to serve and participate in this essential part of our judicial system is greatly appreciated by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. We thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation.