Being a juror

If you have been selected to participate on a jury, this section will provide you with information on what to expect when you arrive for the trial on the first day.

Court is a very formal environment and there are some rules and protocols that can be helpful to know before arriving. Learn about courtroom conduct.

Before you leave your home, ensure you have your jury summons, picture ID, money for parking/bus/taxi fare, and snacks.

If you’re driving to the courthouse and chose to park in metered parking, please be aware that you may not be able to pay the meter for 4-5 hours (depending on the length of the court sitting). Keep your receipts (see compensation information).

On arrival to the courthouse, you will be directed to an assigned area or room where you will be checked-in. Have your jury summons and picture ID ready.

Before the trial begins, the judge will give instructions about your duties as a juror, including:

  • What happens during a trial
  • When and for how long jurors need to be in the courtroom

You do not need to know anything about the law to serve on a jury. The judge will explain legal terms and the law that you, as a juror, will consider on the matter, as well as other things you will need to know.