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Petit/Trial Jury Orientation: If Harford County Public Schools are closed (due to weather), jurors do not report and your jury service obligation has been satisfied for the calendar year. (Please note that if you did not return your juror qualification form via mail or web, you must contact the Jury Commissioner's Office. Your jury service will be rescheduled.)
If Harford County Public Schools have a delayed opening (due to weather), the same applies for jury duty. For example: If schools open 2 hours late, you are to report for jury duty 2 hours late.
Grand Jury Orientation: If the Circuit Court for Harford County is closed (due to weather), grand jurors are cancelled and your jury service obligation has been satisfied for this calendar year.(Please note that if you did not return your juror qualification form via mail or web, you must contact the Jury Commissioner's Office. Your jury service will be rescheduled.) If the Circuit Court for Harford County has a delayed opening (due to weather), the same applies for grand jury orientation. For example, if the Circuit Court for Harford County opens at 10:00 a.m., you are to report for grand jury orientation at 10:00 a.m.
Seated Jurors: If you are already seated as a grand juror or a trial juror, you must report as instructed by the State's Attorney's Office (410-638-3500) or by the Judge presiding over the case.
SCAM ALERT:The Jury Commissioner's Office (or a Law Enforcement agent acting on behalf of the Court/Jury Commissioner) WILL NOT call (or email) you about failing to appear for jury duty and request money (or credit card/bank/financial information or pre-paid debit cards, etc.) as a payment for a fine or bond. We WILL NOT ask you for your Social Security Number either.
Protect yourself: Do NOT give the requested information. Instead, please notify the Harford County Jury Commissioner's Office at 410-638-3251 about any suspicious phone calls/emails regarding failing to appear for jury duty AND report the scam to your local law enforcement agency (Harford County Sheriff's Office 410-838-6600) immediately. Never give personal information when answering an unsolicited phone call or email message.
You report to the Harford County Circuit Court building on the corner of Main and Courtland Streets. The address is:
20 W Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
The Jury Assembly Room is on Level B. Please report promptly at the time indicated on your summons. Final reporting instructions will be detailed for you on the recording/website after 5 p.m. on the evening before your report date. Please call 410-638-3251 for more information.
No weapons, knives or sharp objects of any kind are permitted. No provisions are available for childcare.
You may bring food/drinks, which are allowed in the Jury Assembly Room; however they are not permitted in the courtroom. You will receive a lunch break and other breaks throughout the day. There are many restaurants/delis within walking distance of the courthouse and vending machines are available on Level B right outside of the Jury Assembly Room.
You may bring reading material. Please call or email for more information.
Complete and return your juror qualification form with a copy of the charges or a letter of explanation listing the charges, dates, and the jurisdiction where the charges are pending. Question 15/Code D on your juror qualification form addresses this issue.
Complete and return your juror qualification form with a copy of the charges or a letter of explanation listing the charges, the sentence, the date and the jurisdiction where you were convicted. Please advise if the conviction was under a different name, such as an alias or maiden name. If you received a probation before judgement, a sentence of less than 1 year/12 months (including suspended time), or a pardon: you are still eligible for jury duty. Question 16/Code E on your juror qualification form addresses this issue.
The Jury Assembly Room is equipped with a private room specifically designated for pumping. The Jury Commissioner's Office does not provide storage for milk. You are required to bring your own cooler & ice packs for storage. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact the Jury Commissioner's Office by phone or email, at your earliest convenience, for further instructions. Any questions or requests regarding this matter should be addressed before your report date.
Trial (Petit) juries are selected for both criminal and civil cases. A criminal trial jury contains 12 jurors, who are responsible for determining guilt or innocence of a defendant accused of a crime. A civil trial jury contains 6 jurors, who listen to a case generally involving a dispute between 2 or more parties. Both criminal and civil jury trials have 1 or more alternate jurors, who are selected to replace a juror that has been excused or dismissed during the course of the trial.
A Grand Jury consists of 23 jurors, who are called together to do 2 things: receive and hear evidence to determine whether probable cause exists to charge someone with a crime; and conduct certain investigations. Please call 410-638-3251 for more information.