Jury Commissioner's Office
Circuit Court Annex Building, 55 N Court St
Westminster, Maryland 21157
If you need to see the Jury commissioner, please call to make an appointment.
NOTE: Carroll County residents should be aware that our court employees would never call you and request your social security number or other private information such as credit card or bank account numbers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Jury Service: Your Right, Your Courts, Your Community, Your Responsibility
The keystone of the justice system in the United States is the right to a trial by jury. The United States Constitution and Maryland’s Declaration of Rights guarantee this right. The right to a jury trial has a long history. It was part of the civil liberties granted by King John of England on June 15, 1215, and was recorded in the document known as the Magna Carta. Trial by one’s peers was designed to prevent too much power being in the hands of the king.
If you have a drivers’ license or have obtained an identification card through the Motor Vehicle Administration, or are a registered voter, you are eligible to be selected for jury service. Your first reaction may be to think of all the ways that such service will burden or inconvenience you and to search for excuses to use in an attempt to get off the jury.
Before you go any further in considering excuses, think seriously about your decision. This is your court system. If you ever go to court on a serious matter, it will most likely be right here. A wise man once said: "If you need a big job done, get only a busy man or woman to do it." Many of our most qualified jurors are busy people, greatly inconvenienced by jury service. But the quality of justice in your court will never be any better than the composite intelligence and wisdom of your juries.
We in the court system will try to make your experience as pleasant as possible Most who appear say that they are glad they were selected--that they learned about, and have more confidence and pride in their court system. Also, at the end of your service, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you did your part to bring justice among your fellow citizens in your time. We look forward to seeing you and trying to make this true for you.