301-475-7844, Ext. 4560 or 4566
Recorded Reporting Instructions (after 5:00 p.m.)
1-866-SMC-JURY, 1-866-762-5879 or 301-475-3550 or see Jury Announcements for online reporting instructions and schedule
"Jury Service is an important aspect of the rights, privileges and freedoms we all enjoy in the nation; and YOUR service is greatly appreciated by the Court. Fair and impartial jurors are essential to our system of justice. I hope you will find your jury service interesting and rewarding. If we can be of any assistance to you, please let us know."
Joan W. Williams, Clerk of the Circuit Court
If you have received a questionnaire/summons for jury service, please check to see if you have been selected for TRIAL or GRAND jury service, and complete Part B - Juror Qualification Form on the back portion of the form. This portion of the form MUST be completed and returned together with any relevant documentation within ten (10) days of receipt. You are encouraged to complete the Qualification Formonline at http://mdcourts.gov/juryservice/jurorqualificationform.html or you may return it by U.S. mail.
To determine your reporting status, you are instructed to call the recorder information line 1-866-SMC-JURY, 1-866-762-5879, 301-475-3550. The recorder messages are updated Monday through Friday after 5:00 p.m. You will need to refer to your Juror Number which is shown on your JUROR BADGE. The recorded message will advise which jurors, if any, are required to report for service the following day and provide additional instructions including the time to report. It is important that you listen to the entire message. Trial jurors will generally appear for service less than five (5) times during their month of service. Circumstances may occur where a trial cannot be completed in one day. If this occurs, please follow the instructions of the Judge as when to report. YOU MUST BRING YOUR JUROR BADGE/SUMMONS WITH YOU WHEN YOU REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE.
There are two six-month Grand Jury terms in St. Mary’s County which begin on the first Wednesday of March and September respectively. Although grand jurors are subject to be on call during the entire six month term, service will probably not exceed six (6) days during the entire session. On the orientation date, you will be given a tentative schedule of dates to report for service. Please report on those dates, unless otherwise notified. YOU MUST BRING YOUR JUROR BADGE/SUMMONS WITH YOU WHEN YOU REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE.
The Circuit Court is located at 41605 Courthouse Drive in downtown Leonardtown. Parking is available next to the courthouse and on surrounding streets. Please arrive early to allow time to park and proceed through Security when entering the courthouse.
Preparation For Jury Duty
Please read the memorandum "Preparation for Jury Duty." This pamphlet was developed to introduce jury service to those summoned to jury duty for the first time and to refresh the memories of those who have had past experience as trial jurors.
Proper attire is required-- NO UNIFORMS, SHORTS, CUT-OFF JEANS, T-SHIRTS WITH LOGOS, TANK OR HALTER TOPS, GYM CLOTHES, PAJAMAS, OR HATS (EXCEPT FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES).A violation of this dress code that causes disruption to the court proceedings may result in an extension of your service term or other sanction.
During your period of jury service, you will be paid the sum of $15 per day for attendance. If you choose not to receive payment for jury service, you may consider participating in the Generous Juror Program.
Jurors, like everyone else, are required to go through the security check point at the entrance(s) to the courthouse. Purses and packages will be manually searched, and everyone must pass through the metal detector. Admission to the building will be denied to persons having a knife of any size. These items will have to be returned to your car or other location outside the courthouse.
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather, please call the weather line at 301-475-7844, Ext. 4656 the morning you are scheduled to appear for weather related updates. If this information has not changed, report as scheduled.