Jury Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

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General Policies
Children and Infants

Child Care and Nursing Facilities are not currently available in the Hall of Justice. You will need to make your own arrangements for child care or make a request for Excusal or Deferment of your Jury Service.

Dress Code

Business Casual Dress is recommended for Jury Service. Remember that Jury Service is an important civic duty and that the Court should be a highly respected institution.

Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, laptops, tablets, and cameras, is strictly prohibited inside of any courtroom; however, they may be brought into the Hall of Justice and in the Jury Pool Room. Anyone who violates this policy may be required to forfeit their electronic device to courtroom security and may also be subject to the contempt powers of the court.

Food and Drink

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are generally permitted inside the Hall of Justice, provided they are not in a glass container. Food and beverages are not allowed inside any courtroom. Vending machines are available to the public on the 1st Floor and to jurors on the 4th Floor.

Rules of Conduct
  • Remember to wear the red JUROR badge to signify that you are on jury duty.
  • Carefully follow all instructions from the judge.
  • Do not be late for Court. The trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present.
  • Sit in the same seat in the jury box. This allows the judge, attorneys, and clerks to identify you more easily.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Do not talk to anyone about the case until the judge instructs that you are allowed to do so. You may not talk to other jurors about the case until you all have retired to the jury room for final deliberations. If anyone tries to talk to you about the case or attempts to influence you as a juror, you should report this to the judge or bailiff immediately.
Hall of Justice Address, Directions, and Parking

Click here for our address, directions, and parking. Juror parking may be validated at certain locations.

Courthouse Security

Click here for detailed security policies, including a list of prohibited items.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. When I receive a Jury Summons, what do I do?
  1. Do I have to respond to a Jury Summons?
  1. Who is exempt from Jury Service?
  1. What happens if my juror number is not called on the day I am supposed to serve
  1. What do I need to do if I lost my Jury Summons?
  1. How long will I serve?
  1. Will I be paid for serving as a Juror?
  1. Will I receive my regular salary from my employer for the time I serve Jury Service?
  1. Can I be fired from my job for serving Jury Service?
  1. Will documentation be supplied to my employer to verify that I have been serving Jury Service?
  1. In case of inclement weather how do I know if I will need to report?
  1. What are some general rules of conduct I should observe as a Juror?
  1. May I talk to anyone about the case?
  1. May I bring my child with me to Jury Service?
  1. Can the Jury Room facilitate nursing mothers?
When I receive a Jury Summons, what do I do?
The summmons is the first place to look for information about your service. Many, if not most, of your questions will be answered on the summons. Please take the time to read it carefully as it is intended to help you.
Do I have to respond to a Jury Summons?
It is the duty of every citizen to respond to a jury summons and to act as a juror if so called. This being said, a jury summons is an official court document and therefore compels attendance. If you do not respond, then a judge can issue a show cause order and, upon a proper showing, hold you in contempt of court.
Who is exempt from Jury Service?
All citizens of the state are required to make themselves available for jury service, except those who:
  • Who have served on a jury within the last two years

  • Who are not residents of Forsyth County

  • Who are not United States Citizens

  • Have not reached the age of 18

  • Who are not physically or mentally competent or who have been declared incompetent by the Court

  • Who cannot hear or understand the English language

  • Who have been convicted of a felony, or plead guilty or nolo contendere to an indictment charging a felony and have not had their citizenship restored

  • Individuals over the age of 72 who choose not to serve

  • Individuals enrolled as a student at a post secondary institution such as a college, university, community college, or technical college.

What happens if my juror number is not called on the day I am supposed to serve?
If your number is NOT in the range of numbers called to report for the date on your summons, then you are automatically excused from jury service. You will NOT need to respond to your summons in any way, shape, or form. Jury service is ONLY for the date listed on your summons and you will NOT need to report on the following day. (NOTE: Because you will NOT have served on jury, you may randomly receive another jury summons at any time)
What do I need to do if I lost my Jury Summons?
If you lose your summons, you can obtain your juror information and reprint your jury summons by clicking here or on the "Reprint Summons" option on the menu. You will still need to check our website or call the jury line after 5:00 pm to determine if your number was called on the date listed on your summons. We require jurors to have a physical copy of the summons when checking in. If you are unable to provide a physical copy when arriving for jury service, please let the jury clerk know.
How long will I serve?
In North Carolina State Court, jurors are summoned for one day or one trial. If you are not seated as a juror on the date of your summons, your obligation is over. If you are seated as a juror on a trial, you are obligated to serve until released by the court and the length of time depends on the length of the trial you are seated to hear.
Will I be paid for serving as a juror?
For the first day of service you will receive $12.00; for days two through five, you will receive $20.00 per day; for any days after 5, you will receive $40.00 per day.
Will I receive my regular salary from my employer for the time I serve Jury Service?
Your employer makes this determination. Please ask your employer about their policies concerning jury service.
Can I be fired from my job for serving as a juror?
No. State Law as recorded in North Carolina General Statute Section 9-32, Article 5 states that is is against the law to fire an employee for serving as a juror.
Will documentation be supplied to my employer to verify that I have been serving Jury Service?
Written notification of your service is available upon request; however, we are only able to provide one notification per juror. If you have more than one employer, it may be necessary for you to have a copy made for each employer and one for your records.
In case of inclement weather, how do I know if I will need to report?
Once a decision has been made as whether court will be held, our office will announce closings and provide additional instructions for jurors on the jury phone line at 336-779-6305 and on our website. General information about closings will be announced on the main office phone line at 336-779-6300, our website, and on local news stations.
What are some general rules of conduct I should observe as a juror?
  • Remember to wear the red JUROR badge at all times to signify that you are on jury duty

  • Carefully follow all instructions from the judge

  • Do not be late for Court

  • Sit in the same seat in the jury box to allow the judge, attorneys, and clerks to easily identify you

  • Listen carefully
May I talk to anyone about the case?
You may not talk to anyone about the case until the judge instructs that you are allowed to do so. Additionally, you may not talk to other jurors about the case until you all have retired to the jury room for final deliberations. If anyone tries to talk to you about the case or attempts to influence you as a juror, you should report this to the judge or bailiff immediately.
May I bring my child with me to Jury Service?
No. We do not provide child care in the Hall of Justice. You will need to make child care arrangements prior to your jury service.
Can the jury room facilitate nursing mothers?
No. At this time, the jury room is not equipped to facilitate nursing mothers. If you are a juror who is nursing, please fill out the bottom portion of your summons or submit an electronic request to the jury clerk asking to be excused.