Jury Service| A Message from the Judiciary

All jury trials scheduled up to and including Friday, October 2, 2020, have been canceled as a public health precaution due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Jury trials will resume Monday, October 5, 2020. For more information, read the news releases or watch the videos about jury trials resuming and courthouses reopening.

Health Precautions Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maryland Courts have taken measures to protect your safety. Courts take public health and safety seriously and are regularly coordinating with state and local health officials to obtain information about COVID-19. Strict policies have been implemented to decrease the risk of spreading the virus for all court personnel and visitors to the courthouse.  Please read important Frequently Asked Questions regarding court operations and jury trial procedures.

  • Face coverings are required to enter the courthouse, so bring a mask with you to wear during your service.
  • Bring gloves and hand sanitizer if desired.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted at all visitor entrances.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are under quarantine or have a household member currently under quarantine for COVID-19, contact your local jury office.

For up to date information relating to court business, operating status, and public and employee safety, visit the Maryland Judiciary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page.

Grand juries will continue to be summonsed and will convene as scheduled.

If you have been summoned to report for jury duty up to and including Friday, October 2, 2020, your service may be rescheduled or excused, depending on your local court’s policies. For additional information, click the link for your court’s jury office at https://www.mdcourts.gov/juryservice/juryoffices.

If you have been summoned to report for jury duty on October 5, 2020 or later, please continue to monitor instructions from the jury office for the Circuit Court in your local jurisdiction.

If you have already completed the juror qualification questionnaire either online or by mail, contact the court or visit the jury office website before your date of service to confirm you are required to report.

If you have just been summoned and have not yet completed the juror qualification questionnaire, you must still complete the questionnaire either online or by mail within the time specified.  Links for online completion of the questionnaire are at https://www.mdcourts.gov/juryservice/jurorqualificationform. Additionally, be sure to check before your date of service to see if you are required to report.

Thank you for your patience.

Reopening the Courts
Jury Duty COVID-19 Safety Precautions
COVID-19 Impacts at Court
Video courtesy of WBAL-TV
Reopening the Courts
Video courtesy of WBAL-TV
Reopening the Courts - FOX45 News
Video Courtesy of FOX45 News -Baltimore City
Reopening the Courts - 47abc News
Video Courtesy of 47abc News - Wicomico County
Reopening the Courts - WBAL-TV News
Video Courtesy of WBAL-TV - Baltimore County
Reopening the Courts - WJLA-7 News
Video Courtesy of WJLA-7 News - Prince George's County
Reopening the Courts - FOX 5 News
Video Courtesy of FOX 5 News - Montgomery County
Reopening the Courts - WBALTV News
Video Courtesy of WBALTV - Baltimore County
Reopening the Courts - WBOC News
Video Courtesy of WBOC News - Wicomico County
Reopening the Courts - Local DVM
Video Courtesy of Local DVM - Montgomery County
Reopening the Courts - WBALTV
Video Courtesy of WBALTV - Baltimore
Jury Duty Returns - WMAR News
Video Courtesy of WMAR News - Baltimore County
Circuit Court Prepares to Resume - mymcmedia
Video Courtesy of MyMCMedia.org - Montgomery County
 
Trial by jury is a foundation of our system of justice and is one of the reasons that our justice system is the finest in the world. While trial by jury is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights, serving on a jury is both a responsibility of being a citizen and an opportunity to serve the community. No special training, skills or legal knowledge are necessary to be a juror. All that is required is that you be willing to keep an open mind, to pay attention, and to make a decision based on the law and evidence that is presented. On behalf of the Maryland Judiciary, thank you for your jury service. 

Watch the Jury Service Orientation Video