Juror Reporting Instructions
JUROR REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR:
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Please read the following carefully as reporting instructions have changed to accommodate social distancing.FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
Jurors with a reporting number of 1 through 86 are to report by 8:00 A.M.* to the Jury Assembly Room on LEVEL B of the Courthouse, 20 W. Courtland Street Bel Air, MD 21014. Enter on the Courtland Street side of the building.
Jurors with a reporting number of 87 through 140 are to report by 1:00 P.M.* to the Jury Assembly Room on LEVEL B of the Courthouse, 20 W. Courtland Street Bel Air, MD 21014. Enter on the Courtland Street side of the building.
Jurors that have not yet completed the juror qualification form must report following the instructions above and bring the completed juror qualification form with you.
Health Precautions Due to COVID:
- PLEASE BRING A FACE MASK. Face masks are required at all times (regardless of vaccine status) while inside the courthouse except while eating or drinking.
- Health screening & no-contact temperature checks will be conducted upon entry.
- Social distancing is required. Please remain 6 feet apart. Seating in Jury Assembly Room is marked accordingly.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID, or if you are under quarantine or have a household member currently under quarantine for COVID, please stay home and contact the jury office by email or phone (after 9:00 a.m.) to have your jury service rescheduled.
Please Note: If Juror Instructions are NOT available from this site, please call 410-838-3172 after 5:00 P.M. the evening before your report date (including Sunday) for final reporting instructions.
TO EXPEDITE THE CHECK IN PROCESS, PLEASE REPORT ON TIME AND HAVE YOUR JUROR BADGE READY WHEN YOU REPORT. Jurors are to enter the building at the Courtland Street entrance. Jurors will not be permitted to enter the building before 7:30 A.M. Jurors that arrive before 8:00 A.M will be required to present your juror badge to the deputies to gain entry to the building. If you lost your summons/juror badge, please bring your license or photo ID for check in.
Your service is for the length of one trial (one to multiple days). You must plan to be available all day, which could be until 4:30 P.M. or later. With social distancing and seating limitations, it will take longer to seat a jury. You will be informed of the expected length of trial, including the time it will take to seat a jury, while you are in the courtroom during the selection process. If selected, you are to serve for the duration of the trial. Note: The average trial lasts 2 to 3 days.
Cell phones and other electronic devices (such as laptops, tablets, etc.) are allowed into the courthouse; however use of such devices will be limited to the Jury Assembly Room. Devices must be turned off while inside a courtroom and are not permitted inside the jury deliberation rooms. Devices are not permitted to take or record photographs, video or other audio/visual images in a court facility. Any persons found in violation of electronic device restrictions shall be subject to confiscation of the device, a fine or incarceration at the discretion of the presiding Judge of this Court.
No weapons, knives or sharp objects of any kind are permitted in the courthouse. There will be no provisions available for childcare, so do not bring children.
Jurors park, free of charge, on the roof top level only of the parking garage located on the corner of Courtland Street & Hickory Avenue. Be sure to place your parking permit or a note on your dashboard (visible through the windshield). Note: If the roof top level is CLOSED, you may park on levels 4 and 5 with your permit displayed. The Jury Commissioner's Office will NOT void or pay parking tickets.
If your vehicle exceeds the height of the garage (6 feet, 11 inches) or if you require handicap parking, please contact our office by email or phone BEFORE your report date for parking instructions.
*IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER - IF HARFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, JURORS ARE CANCELLED. IF SO, YOUR OBLIGATION IS COMPLETE FOR THIS CALENDAR YEAR. IF HARFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE A DELAYED OPENING, THE SAME APPLIES FOR JURY DUTY. (Example: IF SCHOOLS ARE 2 HOURS LATE, YOU ARE TO REPORT FOR JURY DUTY 2 HOURS LATE. NORMAL START TIME IS 8:00 A.M., 2 HOUR DELAY REPORT TIME WOULD BE 10:00 A.M.) NOTE THIS DELAY DOES NOT APPLY TO JURORS REPORTING AT 1:00 P.M.)
If you are already seated as a grand juror OR as a juror on a continuing trial/case, you must report as instructed by the State's Attorney's Office (grand jury) or as instructed by the Judge presiding over the case (trial juror). You do not follow the same inclement weather policy.