Courts - Jury Duty
All trials are conducted in the Franklin County Courthouse located in Chambersburg. Please review your printed notice for the location of where to enter the Courthouse at 14 North Main Street directly off Memorial Square.
Review your notice for the time you are to report. Most notices are for 8:30 a.m., unless otherwise printed.
You will be given a numbered ID badge. Display this on your outer garment during your service as a juror. This badge identifies you as a juror and will be collected following your service. It also helps prevent unwanted contact with clients, attorneys and witnesses.
Please report for duty promptly at the time indicated on your jury notice.
There is no prescribed dress code for jurors except that the dress of any juror should not detract from the dignity of the Court. Women may wear slacks or pants outfits; provided they are appropriate for the courtroom. Men should dress conservatively. Coats and ties are encouraged but not required. Often it is a good idea to wear something that can be easily removed or put on should you get cold or warm depending on your comfort level.
Keep in mind that the parties in any case look to the jurors for justice, so respect and professionalism help to establish faith in the system.
Although you are summoned as juror for a trial term lasting approximately two months, please note that you could be selected to serve on multiple juries on any date(s) in those two months. An effort is made to limit each juror’s service to one trial, but the possibility exists that you could serve on more than one case. However, you will only have to report for jury duty on the day(s) scheduled for your trial(s). You will not have to come to the courthouse each day the entire trial term is in progress.
Jury selection will take place on at least one day, but could take an additional day depending on the number of cases and/or time involved in selection.
Both civil and criminal trials will be set on specific dates later in the trial term. The dates for individual trials will be announced before each jury is selected.
Anyone 18 years of age or older who is a United States citizen and resident of the county and who has not been convicted of a felony within the last five years.
A jury summons is a court order. If you ignore it, you are subject to arrest and prosecution.
Yes, $9 per day for the first three days and $25 per day thereafter, and mileage to and from the courthouse. These fees are set by the state legislature.
The law prohibits any employer from preventing an employee to serve as a juror. The law also prohibits an employer from depriving a juror of benefits because of jury service, such as requiring you to use vacation time to serve.
If you work for the government, your employer must pay you. If you work in the private sector, your employer does not have to pay you.
Yes, more people are called than actually serve because it is not always possible to estimate accurately the number of jurors who will be needed to serve each day.
Jurors almost always go home at the end of the day. Sequestration is a term used to describe jurors staying at a local hotel at the county’s expense during the trial. Sequestration occurs rarely.
Accommodations are available to people with disabilities. Call the court administrator to find out what accommodations are available in your county.
Telephone your county’s court administrator or the judge assigned to your case as soon as possible.
There is no limit on the number of times your name may be drawn for service. However, anyone who has served does not need to serve again for three years.
Voir dire is a French term that refers to the preliminary examination of an individual’s qualifications to be a juror. Voir dire is sometimes conducted by the judge and sometimes by the lawyers. The purpose is to find out whether any views held by the potential juror hinder his or her ability to act impartially. Therefore, it is very important to answer these questions honestly.