Carroll County Circuit Court


Frequently Asked Questions

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1. I am 70 years or older. Do I have to serve?

If you are 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused from jury service, please complete Block #3, Section B of the Juror Qualification Form. You must give your age and birth date and check “yes” to the question "If age 70 or over, do you wish to be excused?" Turn the form over, sign and date it at the bottom, and mail it back. Once it is received, you are automatically excused. You do not have to provide any medical information. No requests will be considered without your signature. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

2. What if I have health issues?

If you are requesting to be excused due to health issues, please click here for the form you must have your treating physician complete.

3. What if I have moved?

If you have moved from Carroll County, please put your new address on the Juror Qualification Form in Block #4, Section B, directly under your old address and give the approximate date of when you moved. Turn the form over, sign and date it at the bottom, and mail it back. No requests will be considered without your signature. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

4. What if I am a full-time student?

If you are a full-time college student, indicate so in questions #7 on the front of the qualification form. Students are not exempt from jury service. Submit a copy of your current school schedule that must show the name of the institution, your name and the beginning and ending dates of your semester along with your written request to be rescheduled. You may select a week during the spring, summer or winter school breaks. Your request will not be considered without your written signature and the requested documentation.
If your daughter or son is away at college, you may complete the qualification form for them and provide the requested information . You must sign and date the form on the line provided at the bottom of the back. Please indicate your relationship.

5. What if I am not a citizen?

If you are not a United States citizen, please provide up-to-date proof of non-citizenship. No requests will be considered without your signature and the necessary documentation. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

6. What if I have charges pending or have been convicted of a crime?

Check "yes" to either Question #12 or 13 on the back of the Juror Qualification Form. You must submit documentation to substantiate the charges that states what the crime was, when and where it occurred and the sentence you received. Please do not confuse probation with your sentence. They are different. Sign and date the Juror Qualification Form on the bottom and mail it back. No requests will be considered without your signature and the necessary documentation. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

7. What do I do if I am in the Armed Services?

If you are in the armed services or the Organized Militia, aka, the National Guard and are currently stationed out of the State of Maryland, please indicate the branch to which you belong and where you are stationed on the Juror Qualification Form, Block 7, Section B. Turn the Form over and check yes to either Question 16 or 17, sign and date it at the bottom, and mail it back. If you are serving locally, you must submit either a letter from your commanding officer that complies with 10 USC Section 982 or a Military Exemption Form. Click here for the form. Once the form is completed, return it along with your completed Juror Qualification Form. No requests will be considered without your signature and the necessary documentation. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

8. What if I have vacation or business travel during my term?

If you have a vacation or business travel, please provide documentation that shows the beginning and ending dates of either and submit that along with your completed Juror Qualification Form. Be sure to sign and date the form on the back. No requests will be considered without your signature and the necessary documentation. If you are providing this information for someone other than yourself, please sign and date the form, and indicate your relationship to the person.

9. What if I have employment or child-care issues?

The laws of Maryland do not provide for excusal from jury service due to employment or child-care issues.

10. How was I selected for jury service?

Carroll County residents are selected at random from a merged list of registered voters, licensed drivers and persons with an MVA identification card. No one can volunteer for jury service. A Summons/Juror Qualification Form is mailed to you and you must supply the information requested on the front and back of the form and sign and date it; return the completed form to the Jury Commissioner’s office. Before returning the Juror Qualification Form, detach the summons. You must bring it with you on your first reporting date.

11. How long is my jury service?

Trial Jury Service - In Carroll County, your term of service is one week. You may have to report more than once during your term and you could be selected to sit on more than one jury during your term. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., you will receive an overview of the jury process from the Jury Commissioner and view an orientation film. Court usually begins at 9:30 a.m. Prospective jurors are taken into the courtroom at this time and jury selection begins immediately. If you are not selected to sit on a jury, as soon as the jury is impaneled, you may be dismissed for the day. If you are selected and the trial lasts a day, you are here until the verdict is reached. If you are selected for a trial lasting two or more days, the Judge will indicate when you will finish for the day and what time you should report the next day.

Grand Jury Service - In Carroll County, twenty-three persons are selected at random to serve as grand jurors, plus three alternates. Grand jurors meet one day a month for six months, usually the first Thursday of the month. Unlike petit jurors, grand jurors are given a schedule of the days they are to report. The length of a grand juror’s day depends on how many matters the State’s Attorney has to bring before the grand jury and how long it takes the jurors to decide if a person should be indicted or not.

12. What is the difference between a Trial Juror and a Grand Juror?

Grand jurors determine whether there is probable cause to charge someone with a crime. A grand jury also can conduct its own investigations. A trial juror sits, listens to evidence in a courtroom and determines a person’s guilt, innocence, or other matters.

13. What happens if I fail to appear on the day I am to appear?

Carroll County takes jury service very seriously. If you fail to appear when the recorded message indicates, you may receive a Show-Cause Order delivered to your home by the Sheriff’s constable that will direct you to appear before the Jury Judge and you could receive a fine of not more than $1000.00 and/or 60 days in jail.

14. Do I get paid for my service?

In Carroll County, you are paid $15 a day for your service. If you serve on a jury that takes more than five days, your pay for the sixth and consecutive days is $50 a day.

15. Does my employer have to pay me when I report for jury service?

At this time, your employer does not have to pay you when you report for jury service. However, your employer must allow you to attend jury service without jeopardizing your employment.

16. Is childcare or elder care provided?

The Circuit Court does not provide these services.

17. Where do I park?

Click here to view a map of parking availability. Do not park at a parking meter.

18. If I have a legitimate reason why I cannot serve for my assigned term or if I have a health issue, what should I do?

You must submit a letter with your completed Juror Qualification Form explaining your situation. If possible, the Jury Commissioner will select a mutually acceptable date for you to serve at that time. If you are able to serve but have some special needs, let the Jury Commissioner know and the Court will try to accommodate you. If you ignore your summons, you may be found in contempt after a hearing and sentenced up to30 days in jail and/or a $1000.00 fine.

19. What am I allowed to do while I wait to be selected on a jury?

While you are waiting to go into the courtroom, you may read, work on a laptop computer (public internet connection not available), or just relax. Since your wait in Carroll County is usually not a long one, you may not have time to do anything before going into the courtroom.

20. Am I permitted to bring a cell phone or other technology to court?

Cell phones or other technology are permitted in the jury assembly room but you may not receive incoming calls. Once you go into the courtroom, these devices must be turned off.

21. What if my family has an emergency while I am on a jury and I can’t use my cell phone?

If your family must reach you while you are sitting on a jury, they may call the main bailiff desk at 410-386-2654. They should give your name and the judge’s name presiding over the case for which you had to report. We will then take care of the emergency immediately.

22. What information about me will be given to the attorneys who are picking the jury?

Before jury selection begins, the attorneys are given your name, age, occupation, employer, the highest level of education you’ve achieved, your marital status, and your spouse’s occupation. If you are selected to serve on the jury, this information is used to determine if you can be fair to both sides.

23. What should I wear?

Be comfortable. Generally, no shorts, tee shirts with logos, or halter tops are permitted.

24. When can I expect an answer to my request for excusal or postponement of my jury duty?

Please allow four to five weeks. Any requests received the week prior to your term may not be answered before your term begins. If you have not received an answer from the Jury Commissioner’s office, do not assume you have been excused.

More Questions? Contact the Jury Commissioner’s office at 410-386-2093 and then press 0. However, any requests to be excused or postponed MUST be submitted in writing along with your completed Juror Qualification Form.

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