FAQs: JURY

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  • How is someone selected for jury duty?

    Every two years, in the year following a federal election, the rolls of voters from each county in the Eastern District of New York are used together with a list from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles from the same counties to create a master list of potential jurors within the District. A random selection of names from that master list is drawn from as jurors are needed by the Court. If you received a questionnaire or summons then you appear on one of these lists.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How do I get reimbursed for tolls on the way to court for jury service if I use EZ-Pass?

    When you receive your monthly bill, itemize the days in which you served at the court and mail it in. Make sure you include your name, address, and summons date on the receipt.

  • 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

  • Do I cash the check and give my employer the base payment for each day I serve as a juror or do I have to give the entire check?

    Your employer is not entitled to the travel expenses incurred during your term of service.

  • Can I postpone my jury duty or get excused via e-mail?

    We do not accept postponements or excusals via email. Please contact the Jury Office at (800) 587-6775 for further information.

  • Do I get a separate check for my jury service and travel expenses?

    There will only be one check, covering your travel expenses and jury service fees, and it will be mailed directly to you.

  • 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.

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