If you have been selected to participate on a jury, this section will provide you with information on what to expect when you arrive for the trial.
You need to bring your jury summons and picture ID with you. On arrival on the first day of the trial, you will be directed to an assigned area or room. The sheriff and judge will provide you with further details about your role and responsibilities.
It’s best to make a plan before you depart for the courthouse – consider things like:
- How much time it will take to get ready and travel to the courthouse
- What transportation to use to get there
- If necessary, what parking is available
Court is a very formal environment and there are some rules and protocols that can be helpful to know before arriving.
- Learn about courtroom conduct
Instructions for Jurors
Before the trial begins, the judge will give instructions about duties as a juror, including information like:
- What happens during a trial
- When and for how long jurors need to be in the courtroom
You do not need to know anything about the law to serve on a jury. The judge will explain legal terms and the law that you, as a juror, will consider on the matter, as well as other things you will need to know during the trial.