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  • JURY If I receive a jury summons and have already served, what do I do?

    If you have served within the past two years, send the court that has summonsed you a copy of the proof of service or certificate of attendance you received from the court you served at. However, if you were only a telephone standby juror, and never had to physically appear for jury service, you may still be eligible to serve at the court who is summoning you to appear now.

  • JURY Is there a dress code for jurors?

    Proper court attire is mandatory. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, sweats or other very casual attire is permitted. Dress "business casual" or "business" for your appearance.

  • JURY The name/address on my summons is wrong. What do I need to do?

    Please Update your address on the Juror Response Form at the bottom of your summons, and mail the form back to the court as soon as possible.

  • JURY What do I do after the first day of jury service?

    After you have reported for jury service, you will be given detailed instructions as to what you should do. Federal Jury Duty is two-week telephone standby. Please do not come to the court unless you have been chosen for a case or the automated telephone instructions instruct you to do so.

  • JURY What do I do if I get picked as a juror for a trial?

    Write down the instructions that the Judge gives you. Make note of the Judge's name, courtroom and time you are to report and name of the case. There will be a sign-in sheet on the table in the jury office each day that you are to report for the trial. Please sign-in - EVERYDAY - -so that you will be given credit and paid for reporting that day.

  • JURY What do I do if I served as a juror in another courthouse?

    If you served any time within the past two (2) years, you must contact (or go to) that courthouse where you previously served and get proof that you served.

  • JURY What do I need to reveal before I am selected as a juror for a case?

    Do not wait until you are selected on a trial to reveal that you are:

    -a full time student
    -an ill person with medical problems
    -have plane tickets scheduled within a week''s time -have a recent criminal record
    -do not speak enough English to understand what is being said in court
    -you are a full-time mother with no means of child support after the first day of service

  • JURY What if I fail to appear?

    Unless you receive a notice from this Court granting you an excuse or postponement, or unless the Court notifies you in writing or by phone to report at a different time, you must attend as directed in the summons.
    Failure to obey the summons may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

  • JURY What number number do I call if I have an emergency and cannot report for jury duty?

    After you have reported for jury service, you will be given detailed instructions as to what you should do in case of an emergency.

  • My attorney was admitted pro hac vice in a matter, however the attorney does not appear to be included in notices. How can I resolve this?

    Please have the attorney file a Notice of Appearance using their ecf login and password.

  • My case is now on appeal. Do I continue to submit my vouchers to the District Court for processing?

    No. Vouchers for all appellate work should be mailed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007.

  • My client needs clothes, a haircut and personal items so s/he looks presentable when appearing at court. I already purchased them and would like to be reimbursed. Can I claim these as expenses on my voucher?

    No. These are items of a personal nature and are not reimbursable under the Criminal Justice Act.

  • My client was involved in two separate cases. Can I submit one voucher including both case numbers?

    No. Separate vouchers/worksheets are required for each case.

  • My corporation has been sued, can I file papers in Court on behalf of the corporation?

    No. Only individuals can appear pro se In other words, a person who is not an attorney may appear pro se but may not represent a corporation, even if the person is the sole owner of the corporation. The corporation must be represented by a lawyer.

  • My papers are due today, but I can't get to the courthouse until after 5:00pm, what can I do?

    If you cannot submit your papers during the Court’s normal business hours, you may place them in the District Court’s Night Deposit Box located near Security in the lobby of the Courthouse.  You must have the papers date and time stamped at the machine near Security.  So long as the papers are stamped on or before 11:59pm, they will be deemed submitted on that date.  If the papers are stamped at 12:00am (midnight) or later, they will be deemed submitted the next day.

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