Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Jury Duty

We have prepared the following list of questions and answers to assist you in preparing for jury service in the Federal Court. Please feel free to ask a jury clerk if you need any help or additional information.

Jury Duty FAQs

Q. Can I bring my cellular phone, laptop computer, tape recorder, camera or pager?

Q. What do I do if I do not have a participant number?

Q. What if my employer wants proof that I was serving on jury duty?

Q. Is my employment protected while I am serving jury duty?

Q. How can my family reach me in case of an emergency?

Q. I have disability, who should I call?

Q. Are jurors given breaks? Are there lunch facilities available?

Q. Will the Court pay for my parking and tolls?

Q. Where is the Courthouse located, and where should I park?

Q. What are jurors paid for their service, and how often?

Q. What should I bring with me when I report for jury service?

Q. Is there a dress code for jury service?

Q. If I serve on one trial, will I be excused for the remainder of the two weeks?

Q. Will I serve on civil or criminal trials?

Q. When I am called to serve, what are the hours I would be expected to spend at the courthouse?

Q. What does “on call” mean?

Q. How long is my term of service?

Q. What is the difference between Petit and Grand Jury?

Q. If I served jury duty recently in the County or Circuit Court, will I be excused in Federal Court?

Q. What if I do not speak English well enough to understand what is being said in court?

Q. How can I be excused if I cannot serve?

Q. The name/address on my summons is wrong. What should I do?

Q. How much time do I have to complete the Questionnaire and mail it back to the Court?

Q. How was I selected for jury duty?

Q. Is jury duty mandatory?