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WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN TO LIMIT GATHERINGS IN THE JUDICIARY OR COURT FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS JURY SELECTION AND TRIALS?

The court system is taking the necessary actions to protect the safety of court staff, court users, judges and the public, guided by general CDC and Department of Health recommendations. The Judiciary is working to protect public health while ensuring that individuals retain their fundamental state and federal constitutional rights to trial by jury. To that end, the Department of Health assisted the judiciary in developing recommended guidelines designed to ensure that jury selection and jury trials can be conducted safely.

The number of jury trials being held and the numbers of jurors being summoned to report has been reduced significantly.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT SERVING JURY DUTY DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED REASONS?

If you are unable to appear for jury service due to COVID-19 related reasons, please submit a request through eResponse for your jury service to be postponed or to be excused as soon as possible after receiving your Summons for Jury Service.

If you are sick, this includes having a fever, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on the day you are expected to appear for jury service DO NOT REPORT. Contact Jury Services at 610-891-4622 before 8:30 a.m. on your scheduled date of service. Please do not fail to appear without any notification.

HOW MANY JURORS ARE CALLED TO JURY SERVICE EACH DAY?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have greatly limited the number of jurors that are called in each day. The maximum capacity for our Jury assembly room is 75 and is currently the maximum number of Jurors called in at one time. Juror’s reporting time may be staggered between an 8 am reporting time or an afternoon reporting time, further decreasing the number of jurors appearing for service at any one time.

If the jury message indicates that individuals with Standby Jury numbers 1 through 200 should report for service, it does not mean that 200 jurors will report to the jury assembly room.

WHO IS ENTITLED TO A JURY TRIAL?

Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party in a civil case has the right to a trial by jury. All parties are equal before the law and each is given the same fair and impartial treatment.

In a criminal case, the jury decides the guilt or innocence of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, the jury decides whether or not money damages should be awarded and, if awarded, how much those money damages will be.

Your duty as a juror is to weigh all of the evidence and testimony presented to you and to decide the outcome of the case based upon the law and the evidence. Your decision must be fair, impartial and free of any bias or prejudice. Jury service is the basis of our judicial system and is essential to the administration of justice.

WHERE DOES JURY SERVICES OBTAIN THE NAMES OF PROSPECTIVE JURORS?

Beginning in 2008, a master juror list is created annually for Delaware County. The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (“AOPC”) compiles a list for Delaware County from various sources such as Department of Transportation (driver’s licenses); Department of State (Voter’s Registration); Department of Revenue (which includes tax records, and other relevant public records) and the Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Welfare). The data is compared and edited so that each name will appear in the Jury Roll one time. The Master List includes all citizens at least 18 years of age. The statewide list received by the County is designed to expand the existing jury pool by identifying more citizens who are eligible to serve.

I MOVED OUT OF THE COUNTY YEARS AGO. WHY AM I STILL RECEIVING A SUMMONS FOR JURY DUTY IN DELAWARE COUNTY.

As stated above, your name was pulled from one of the sources by the AOPC. We usually find that you still have a Bank account with your Delaware County address listed. Until those records have been updated, there is a chance you will be summoned again.

I JUST MOVED OUT OF THE COUNTY. DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE?

Yes. We request that you complete the Juror Information Questionnaire and provide us with your complete change of address (House Number & Street, City, State and Zip Code) on Question No. 2. In order to remove you from the List, you must respond to the Questionnaire. You are disqualified to serve if you live outside of Delaware County. When your questionnaire is received, Jury Services will update your address in the system and you will be excused and notified accordingly.

THE ADDRESS I WAS SUMMONED UNDER IS CORRECT; HOWEVER, I LIVE ON THE BORDER OF DELAWARE AND ANOTHER COUNTY. MY ADDRESS IS NOT PHYSICALLY LOCATED IN DELAWARE COUNTY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please complete the Juror Information Questionnaire. Question No. 11 asks if you are a resident of Delaware County, Pennsylvania followed up with Question No. 12 where you will let us know the County where you reside.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR JURY SERVICE?

You should respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire as soon as possible. Make sure you retain your Summons. You will need to bring it with you to show it to the Park Police when entering the Parking Garage and also for the check-in process in the Jury Assembly Room.

The jury process can require you to wait a considerable amount of time. For this reason, you can bring reading material or a reading device with you. Laptops and cell phones are permitted (public Wi-Fi service is available). Just keep in mind, if you are called to the Court Room, all electronics must be powered off.

Please note that all visitors to the Court House/Government Center Complex will be screened for security purposes. Any articles which are deemed to be capable of being used as a weapon will be confiscated as will any other illegal items. This includes e-cigarettes and vape pens. Please leave all questionable items in your car or at home.

Childcare arrangements should be made in advance. In normal circumstances, you are excused at or near 4:30 p.m. There are instances where you may be required to stay later, so plan accordingly.

Lunch and snacks are not provided. There are snack machines and a Court House Café where you can purchase coffee, breakfast, snacks, drinks and lunch. There are restaurants and stores in downtown Media that give jurors a discount when you show them your juror credentials. You will receive a Juror Pin upon check-in and will be asked to wear the pin throughout the day. It is important that anyone you come in contact with knows that you are a prospective juror. You may be in the hallway, in the Court House Café or a restaurant in downtown Media standing or seated next to attorneys and their clients involved in the case for which you may be selected on a panel. By identifying yourself as a juror, they know to not talk about the case in your presence which would ultimately taint the panel.

We also suggest that you come prepared for indoor climate conditions such as heating and air-conditioning. When the air-conditioning is on, it may get too cool for some. You may want to bring a sweater or a light jacket.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO JURY SERVICE?

Business attire is strongly suggested. Ties are not required. You should dress comfortably but properly and respectfully for a Court House. You should not wear shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, tee-shirts, torn jeans, flip-flops or hats (except for religious purposes). Jurors who are not dressed appropriately will be sent home and ordered to appear for jury service on a future date.

CAN I WEAR SNEAKERS TO JURY DUTY?

You can wear sneakers to jury duty even though the court prefers you to dress more formal to demonstrate your respect toward the court. While most Courts prefer that you wear business attire to jury duty, you may wear sneakers as long as you look presentable.

IS JURY SERVICE MANDATORY?

Both the United States and the Pennsylvania State Constitutions guarantee the right to a trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by law. All Delaware County residents are obligated by law to serve as a juror unless they are not a United States Citizen, are under the age of 18 years or have been convicted of a felony or sentenced to imprisonment for more than one year and have not been granted a pardon or amnesty.

WHY IS JURY SERVICE SO IMPORTANT?

The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or economic status the right to trial by an impartial jury of one's peers. In order to uphold this guarantee, participation is necessary in the jury process to ensure every citizen’s right to have their case decided by an impartial jury selected from a representative pool of prospective jurors.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PERSON IGNORES A SUMMONS TO JURY SERVICE?

A jury summons is a Court Order. A prospective juror who has been summoned to serve as a juror, unless exempt or excused, and who fails to appear as summoned may be punished for contempt of court and fined in an amount not to exceed $500.00 or imprisoned for a term not more than ten (10) days or both. While a judge has many options to address a failure to appear, the court is certainly aware of the current health situation. Please contact Jury Services rather than fail to appear without explanation.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I AM REQUIRED TO REPORT?

The Jury Services staff will conduct an orientation in the Jury Assembly Room providing you a brief overview of the jury selection process. If you are called to a court room, the judge will explain at length what to expect during the voir dire process. Also, if you are selected as a juror, the judge will provide you with all the information you will need to proceed as a juror on a trial.

HOW LONG DOES JURY SERVICE USUALLY LAST?

Delaware County operates under the one day or one trial jury system. Jurors must serve one day. There are rare instances where you may be called to a Court Room or have been selected on a panel later in the day where the judge may ask you to return for a second day of jury selection. This is a rare occurrence, but it may happen.

If you are selected to hear a case, jurors will serve for the duration of the trial which may last several days or more. The judge will give you notice of the expected length of time for the trial during jury selection.

Jurors who are not chosen for a trial will be discharged at the end of the day and their obligation for jury duty is completed until summoned again.

A normal day is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, occasionally the day may run longer, and it may be necessary for you to remain in attendance until the jury selection process is complete. If the day will run longer than 4:30 pm, you will be given notice in advance so that you will have the ability to contact family members and make any necessary arrangements.

IF I PARTICIPATE IN JURY SERVICE, HOW LONG WOULD IT BE BEFORE I COULD GET CALLED AGAIN?

The law allows persons who have served as a juror for one day a one-year exemption. If you served as a juror for three or more days, you will be excused for a period of three years from the date of service.

I JUST SERVED WITHIN THE PAST CALENDAR YEAR – I WANT TO BE EXCUSED.

If you served jury duty within the past twelve months, you will, upon request, be excused. You are only required to serve once in each calendar year. If you choose to serve again, you are welcome to do so.

If you believe you recently served and have been called again but it has been more than twelve months since your date of service, your name has been randomly selected again. Please follow the directions on the Summons as you must complete a new Questionnaire each time you serve.

WHY DID I GET SUMMONED IN MY MAIDEN NAME AND AGAIN IN MY MARRIED NAME?

While the AOPC makes every effort to have each citizen in the Master List appear one time, there may be circumstances where if your name was changed but all Departments were not notified, you may be summoned in your maiden and married names. When you respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire, simply respond to Questions 1 and 2 so your record may be updated.

CAN MY EMPLOYER REFUSE TO ALLOW ME TO SERVE ON JURY DUTY?

In Pennsylvania, employers are required to provide you with unpaid time off for reporting to jury selection or jury duty. You should show your employer your jury summons upon receipt in order to be given the necessary leave. An employer may not deprive an employee of his or her seniority position or benefits, or discharge, threaten, or otherwise coerce him or her, because the employee receives and/or responds to a summons, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service.

IS MY EMPLOYER REQUIRED TO PAY ME FOR JURY DUTY?

An employer is not required to pay an employee for time spent responding to a jury summons or serving on a jury. Check with your company’s human resources department for their policy. You may be required to provide a note from your employer.

HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID FOR JURY SERVICE?

Pennsylvania law provides for jurors to be paid $9.00 per day for the first three days of jury service and $25.00 per day for every day thereafter. Pennsylvania law also provides for payment of mileage at the rate of 17 cents per mile. Mileage is calculated door to door by Google Maps.

Some employers require that you hand in the fee for which you will then be paid your regular wages. Please be advised that you are entitled to keep the mileage reimbursement and are only required to turn over the fee to your employer. We suggest that you cash or deposit your check at your earliest convenience and simply write a check to your employer for the fee(s) you received. If you served one day, you will turn in $9.00 to your employer; if you served two days, you will turn in $18.00, etc.

Delaware County also gives you the ability to donate some or all of your compensation to the Juror Donation Program. The program is geared toward helping the children of Delaware County. Before donating your compensation, make sure that you will not be required to turn over your compensation to your employer.

Certificates of Attendance & Appreciation, checks or donation receipts are generally mailed within two weeks from your date of service. If your employer requires documentation prior to receipt, Jury Services will be happy to confirm your attendance with your employer over the phone or by email.

Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Delaware County Jury Services would hand out paperwork at the end of each day; to avoid contact as much as possible, it is necessary to mail the documents.

WHY AM I GETTING PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS ASKING ME TO CASH OR DEPOSIT MY CHECK. IT’S ONLY FOR $9.00 – WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Holders of Unclaimed Property are financial institutions, insurers, utilities, business associations, medical facilities, sole proprietors, fiduciaries, courts, public officers, government entities and all legal or commercial entities that must file a report with the Pennsylvania Treasury if they have reportable unclaimed property. Under the Unclaimed Property Act, Holders (in this case, Jury Services – County of Delaware) have a duty to report property of value that is lost, forgotten, or held without activity by its rightful owner for a period of time defined by law which in the case of jury service is three years. Your name will then appear on the Unclaimed Property list and you will be required to complete and submit a form to the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Office to retrieve the outstanding funds. Jury Services is required by law to perform its due diligence in contacting you to remind you of the outstanding funds. To avoid being contacted, we suggest cashing or depositing your compensation at your earliest convenience.

I AM UNABLE TO JUDGE ANYONE BECAUSE OF MY MORAL OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. MAY I BE EXCUSED?

Pennsylvania law does not provide for an excuse from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. If qualified, you are still required to appear for jury service. If you get called to a Court Room, the judge will make the decision.

I AM NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please respond to the Juror information Questionnaire. Question No. 10 pertains to citizenship and Question No. 8 asks for your Country of birth. However, you must respond to all questions. Once your questionnaire is received, you will be excused as non-citizens are not permitted to serve.

I AM NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BUT I WOULD STILL LIKE TO SERVE AS A JUROR. WHY CAN'T I?

The law automatically disqualifies non-citizens from jury participation. It is not a permanent disqualification so that when you become a citizen, you may be able to serve.

ENGLISH IS NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE. I SPEAK ENGLISH BUT I FEEL THAT MY ENGLISH IS NOT ADEQUATE TO PARTICIPATE AS A JUROR?

If qualified, when you report for jury duty and go to a Court Room, the Court may ask you a few questions to in order to make a determination as to whether your language skills are satisfactory.

ENGLISH IS NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE. I CANNOT NOT SPEAK ENGLISH; I CANNOT READ OR WRITE OR UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE? AM I AUTOMATICALLY EXCUSED?

If you do not have sufficient knowledge of the English language, you should provide details when you respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire. All questions must be answered. You may have a family member or friend who understands the English language assist you in responding to the questionnaire. If someone assists you, answer YES to Question No. 42 and provide the name and relationship of the person who helped you complete the questionnaire on Question No. 43. Once your responses to the questionnaire are received, they will be reviewed, and you will be notified if excused.

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE CHILDCARE?

The law does not allow an automatic excusal from jury duty due to the lack of routine childcare. The summonses are routinely mailed six weeks in advance to provide you an opportunity to arrange for childcare. In certain situations, deferrals will be granted. Please respond to the questionnaire and provide as much information as possible. Once your questionnaire is received, it will be reviewed, and you will be notified if you are excused. If you would like to provide additional information, you may send an email to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us. Please be sure to provide your juror identification number on any correspondence.

DO YOU PROVIDE CHILDCARE OR COVER THE COST OF BABYSITTING SERVICES WHILE SERVING AS A JUROR?

Childcare is not provided at the Delaware County Court House. Additionally, Delaware County does not reimburse you for babysitting fees. Jurors are expected to arrange for babysitting or childcare during their term of jury service.

MY SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD WAS SUMMONED FOR JURY DUTY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire on their behalf. All questions should be answered. Answer YES to Question No. 42 (Did anyone assist you filling out this questionnaire?). Please provide your name and relationship on Question No. 43. Once received, the questionnaire will be reviewed, and you will be notified of the excusal. If you feel that your child should be permanently excused, please let us know and every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

MY CHILD HAS MILD AUTISM AND HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED TO BE ON THE SPECTRUM. HE/SHE WOULD LIKE TO SERVE. WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

All qualified citizens shall have the opportunity to be considered for service as a juror in the Courts of this Commonwealth. You child has the right to participate in the selection process. If called to the Court Room, the judge may ask them questions during the Voir Dire process.

WHAT IF I AM BREASTFEEDING?

Pennsylvania law allows a mother who is breastfeeding to be excused upon request.

I AM A BREASTFEEDING MOTHER BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SERVE ON JURY DUTY. AM I ENTITLED TO SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS?

If a breastfeeding mother would like to participate in jury service, she is entitled to do so. Please make the staff aware upon your arrival so that accommodations can be made for you. Additionally, if called to a court room, the court should be made aware during the Voir Dire process. If selected as a juror on a case, the judge will make every effort to accommodate by maximizing breaks. During those breaks, breastfeeding mothers will be provided with a secure, private room to accomplish their needs.

WHY DO I GET SUMMONED ALL THE TIME, BUT MY FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS NEVER GET CALLED?

All persons chosen for jury service are selected at random from the Master Source List. The Source List is updated every October to add newly qualified jurors and to removed permanently exempted jurors from the list. You are only required to serve once per year and will be excused for three years if you served on a trial for three or more days.

I AM A CONVICTED FELON – WHY DO I KEEP GETTING JURY SUMMONSES?

Persons convicted of a felony or of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year are disqualified from jury service. Pennsylvania law states as follows:

§ 4502. Qualifications of jurors.

     (a) General rule.--Every citizen of this Commonwealth who is of the required minimum age for voting for State or local officials and who resides in the county shall be qualified to serve as a juror therein unless such citizen: . . .
          (3) has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and has not been granted a pardon or amnesty therefor.
     (b) Definition.--For purposes of this section, "convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year" does not include a conviction for any offense under or violation of the former act of May 1, 1929 (P.L.905, No.403), known as The Vehicle Code, or the former act of April 29, 1959 (P.L.58, No.32), known as The Vehicle Code, which offense or violation, if it had been committed after July 1, 1977:
          (1) would have been substantially similar to an offense currently graded as a summary offense under 75 Pa.C.S. (relating to vehicles); or
          (2) would not have been a violation of law.
(Dec. 17, 2001, P.L.944, No.113, eff. imd.)

Because of the possibility of being granted a pardon or amnesty, the disqualification is not permanent. Therefore, you may be summoned again in the future. If and when you do, you will be excused upon completing the Juror Information Questionnaire.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF BEING A JUROR AT THAT TIME WOULD CREATE A HARDSHIP FOR ME?

Only persons for whom jury service would be an extreme hardship may be excused. Should you need to be excused from jury service or have your jury service deferred, you must complete the Juror Information Questionnaire Center indicating why you believe you would qualify for an extreme hardship. Each request is individually reviewed. Potential jurors are encouraged to complete the request truthfully and to the best of their knowledge. Failure to do so is against the law. Jury service is a citizen's civic duty and every effort should be made for participation.

You may also mail or fax a letter (610-891-5897) or send an email to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us. Please include your juror number and service date with your request. These requests must be in writing and will not be accepted over the phone.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL INFIRMITY AND REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT?

If you are a person with a disability and require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please complete the Juror Information Questionnaire and advise of the special accommodations you are requesting such as assistance with wheelchair or scooter, hearing amplification or American Sign Language Interpreter or special seating. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request for reasonable accommodations. If requesting a sign language interpreter, your date may need to be deferred in order to make those arrangements. If we are unable to accommodate you, you may be excused from jury service.

CAN MY SERVICE ANIMAL ACCOMPANY ME TO JURY DUTY?

A service animal (dog) may accompany you to jury duty if that service animal is trained for a specific task due to your disability. Emotional support animals are not permitted.

MY FAMILY MEMBER HAS BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY DUTY BUT IS DECEASED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We request that you contact Jury Services. You will not need to complete the questionnaire; however, we do need you to let us know. Please call the office at 610-891-4622 and speak to a staff member or contact Jury Services by sending an email to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us. You do not need to supply a Death Certificate. Jury Services staff is sorry for your loss and apologize for the inconvenience; the record will be marked for permanent disqualification.

WHAT IF I CARE FOR A DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMBER?

If you have a personal obligation to provide actual and necessary care to another, including sick, aged or infirm dependents, or a child who requires personal care and attention and no comparable substitute care is either available or practical without imposing an undue economic hardship, you may request an excusal. Verification from the family member’s physician listing age, relationship and reason for care is necessary.

WHAT DO I DO IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER ON THE DAY THAT I AM REQUIRED TO REPORT?

If inclement weather is in the forecast, updates will be available on the 24-hour phone line. Please call 610-891-4067 to listen to the continuous wrapping message for instructions. If the Court cancels or delays the reporting time for that day, the recorded message will so indicate. Please note, if the message has not changed, your status remains the same and the Standby Jurors called in will be required to report.

I AM NOT AVAILABLE ON THE DATE I WAS SELECTED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Jury Services realizes that prospective jurors may have been summoned at an inconvenient time such as a prepaid vacation, work commitment, doctor’s appointment or other valid reason. Please respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire, online if possible. If you are qualified to serve as a juror but simply need to change the date, answer NO to question No. 45 (Do you believe you cannot or should not serve as a juror?). By responding NO to this question and if you do not indicate any other disqualification information, you will see a CONFIRMED screen which indicates your responses to the questionnaire were received by Jury Services. Then, you will be able to log back onto eResponse (or return to the home page) and request a deferral. By requesting an online deferral, you will have the ability to check your calendar and select your own date. When you submit the request, it will be reviewed by Jury Services staff. One deferral is allowed. Subsequent deferrals are not permitted unless you have an extreme emergency that was not anticipated when the first deferral was granted.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY DEFERRAL HAS BEEN GRANTED?

If you completed your Juror Information Questionnaire and requested the deferral online, you will be notified via the email address you provided when responding to the Questionnaire. If you did not respond online and requested a deferral by writing your request on the hand-written Questionnaire, please keep in mind it make take a while for the mail to be received by Jury Services after which your Questionnaire will be reviewed by the Jury Services staff. You will not have the ability to review the calendar and select your own date as you could if you respond online. If you supply an email address, you will receive a decision by email, so be sure to print your email address clearly. If you do not have email, you will be mailed a postcard. If your request was granted, the postcard will list your new date. Six weeks prior to the new date, you will receive a new Summons and Questionnaire and will need to start the process over again.

CAN I REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY SERVICE DUE TO MY AGE?

Pennsylvania law does not exclude citizens due to their age. However, if you are between the ages of 70 and 74, you may request to be excused by completing the Juror Information Questionnaire. A doctor’s note is not required.

If you are under the age of 70 and experiencing chronic medical issues, please complete all questions online if possible. Contact your doctor and have a note faxed to 610-891-5897 or scanned and emailed to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us. Please indicate on your questionnaire that you will be reaching out to your doctor. If you are unable to complete the questionnaire online, complete and return as soon as possible. Please note, if your medical issue is temporary, such as scheduled for surgery, you may request a deferral of your service date.

If you are between the ages of 70 and 74 and request to be excused due to medical reasons, you must complete all questions online if possible. You may be excused as a courtesy without providing a doctor’s note.

If you are age 75 and over and would like to be excused, no doctor’s note is necessary. The law provides that you may be excused but that you MUST REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED. Please note on your questionnaire that you are requesting to be excused and whether you would like this excusal to be permanent.

Pennsylvania law, however, does permit those 75 or older to be permanently excused BY REQUEST. If you are 75 or older, it is not required that you complete the entire questionnaire, but Jury Services would prefer that your request be made by writing by indicating your request on the Questionnaire or by sending an email to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us. If you are unable to respond by mail or email, you, or a family member, may simply contact Jury Services by phone 610-891-4622 to request your permanent excusal.

IF I HAVE A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL INFIRMITY, MAY I BE EXCUSED? IS DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED?

If you wish to be excused for the calendar year, you should respond to the Juror Information Questionnaire. A note from your physician is required. The doctor’s note mail be scanned and emailed to delcojury@co.delaware.pa.us; you or your doctor may fax the note to 610-891-5897 or you may simply mail the note with your responses to the Questionnaire. Please be sure to include your name and juror identification number on the request.

Please note, if you have a temporary mental or physical infirmity and will be able to serve later in the year, you may follow the instructions to request and receive a deferral. To support your request, simply provide documentation from your physician.

IF I REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED OR DISQUALIFIED, HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY REQUEST WAS APPROVED?

If you completed your Juror Information Questionnaire and requested the excusal or disqualification online, you will be notified via the email address you provided when responding to the Questionnaire. If you did not respond online and requested to be excused or disqualified by writing your request on the hand-written Questionnaire, please keep in mind it make take a while for the mail to be delivered to Jury Services after which your Questionnaire will be reviewed by the Jury Services staff. If you supply an email address, you will receive a decision by email, so be sure to print your email address clearly. If you do not have email, you will be mailed a postcard indicating the decision.

I RECEIVED A SUMMONS FOR MY HUSBAND/WIFE/RELATIVE WHO IS CURRENTLY DEPLOYED OR ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE MILITARY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If the person summoned is not available to complete the Juror Information Questionnaire because of deployment or other reason, a family member may complete the Juror Information Questionnaire on their behalf. Keep in mind, you may email the link so that they may complete the questionnaire provided they have internet access. If that it not possible, please respond to the questionnaire to the best of your ability. There is a specific question which asks about military service.

If your spouse is active in the military and you are currently out of the area stationed with them, please advise and you will be excused.

I RECEIVED A SUMMONS FOR MY FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS ENROLLED AS A FULL-TIME STUDENT. WILL THEY BE EXCUSED AUTOMATICALLY?

If you are in receipt of a jury summons for a full-time student who is enrolled in a college or university out of state, you may email the student the link to complete the questionnaire. Their service date may be deferred to the Summer when they are home for break. You/they must advise if the student resides out of state year-round and they may be excused. Proof of their status as a full-time student may be requested.

I AM STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. AM I OBLIGATED TO SERVE ON JURY DUTY?

While anyone over the age of 18 is technically qualified to serve as a juror, if you are currently enrolled and attending high school you may, upon request, be excused.

CAN I BRING SOMEONE TO JURY SERVICE WITH ME?

You are not permitted to bring someone to jury service with you. Only those summoned for jury service are allowed in the jury assembly room. You may have someone escort you to and from jury service, but that person is not permitted to enter the Jury Assembly Room or the Court Room. Space is limited so we ask for your cooperation.

I KNOW THAT I WILL NOT BE SELECTED TO BE ON A JURY BECAUSE OF WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING. WHY NOT EXCUSE ME NOW AND SAVE TIME?

Delaware County Courts hear both Civil and Criminal case, both of which are entitled to a jury trial. The random selection process prevents you from knowing in advance what type of trial for which you may be selected. If or when you get to a courtroom and the judge excuses you, you've fulfilled your obligation for jury service. But the jury staff cannot excuse you as a potential juror because of what you do for a living.

AM I AUTOMATICALLY EXEMPT FROM JURY SERVICE IF I AM A DOCTOR, NURSE, LAWYER, DENTIST OR SCHOOL TEACHER?

No – you are not automatically exempt. Jury service is a civic obligation. No one is automatically excused because of their occupation. Many doctors, nurses, lawyers, dentists and school teachers have served as jurors in Delaware County. It is important that persons included in a wide-variety of occupations be available to hear cases. When summoned, most people first think of a criminal case. There are a wide variety of civil cases where the parties are entitled to a jury of their peers. Example: In medical malpractice cases, one of the parties may desire to have a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse be selected as a juror. Alternately, the opposing party may not. Another example: In a case involving a construction company, either party may aim to select someone knowledgeable as a builder or similar field. Since the type of case may not be known until your date of service, excusals across the board of certain occupations cannot be permitted.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK WHEN I REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE?

Parking is provided for jurors in the Delaware County Employee Parking Garage located on Third Street between Olive and Orange Streets. You must show your Summons to the Park Police Officer to enter the garage. After parking, you will be directed to the entrance in the middle of the lot where you will proceed through security and then be directed to the Jury Assembly Room on the First Floor of the Government Center. Follow the signs posted for your convenience. It is important that you arrive on time; if you are late, your spot may be released, and it may be necessary for you to park in downtown Media. Parking tolls will be your responsibility. Make sure you read Media Parking Information before you park you are only permitted to park in certain Zones.

IMPORTANT: Please be advised the garage height limit is 6'2" and will only accommodate a standard size pick-up truck. If your vehicle is above the height limitation, you must park at Rose Tree Park located at 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Transportation to and from jury service at the Delaware County Government Center will be arranged for you and provided at no cost. You may also park in downtown Media but before you do, be sure to review Media Borough’s website for important information regarding zoned parking, fees and time limits which you will be responsible for. https://www.mediaborough.com/police/parking-fees-and-time-limits

Just a Reminder: If you leave the garage during the day, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

If there is inclement weather and the County has a delayed opening, the time to check into the parking garage will be adjusted accordingly.

IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO THE COURT HOUSE/ GOVERNMENT CENTER COMPLEX?

Public Transportation is available (not free) via a one-seat ride (no transfers required) from the following SEPTA bus and rail routes.

Media Trolley (Route 101) from Upper Darby, Springfield and nether Providence.

Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from Upper Darby, Yeadon, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Clifton Heights, Aldan, Ridley, Springfield, Morton, Rutledge, Swarthmore, Nether Providence, Rose Valley and Middletown.

Route 118 bus from Chester, Nether Providence, Rose Valley, Upper Providence, Marple and Newtown Square.

If you live where the above direct transit service is not available, and you need to transfer between SEPTA routes, or for other assistance on using SEPTA, you may contact the Delaware County Planning Department at 610-891-5217 or 610-891-4396. You may also check SEPTA’s website at www.septa.org.

I WORK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY – WHY DO I HAVE TO SERVE?

While you believe you do not qualify for jury service because you work in the insurance industry, you are not automatically exempt. You must complete the Juror Information Questionnaire and if you are required to report, you will have the opportunity to discuss your individual situation during the Voir Dire process.

I KNOW MANY OF THE JUDGES; AM I EXCUSED?

While you may believe you would not qualify to be a juror because you know some of the judges, you must still complete the Juror Information Questionnaire and if required to report, will have the opportunity to discuss your situation during the Voir Dire process. Since jurors are selected at random, Jury Services does not know the name(s) of the judges scheduled during your service date.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY ON THE DAY THAT I AM TO REPORT?

If you have an emergency on the day you are scheduled to report for jury duty, please call Jury Services at 610-891-4622 before 8:30 a.m.

WHAT IF I AM A POLICE OFFICER, PRISON GUARD, PAROLE OFFICER OR SOMEONE WHO DEALS WITH DEFENDANTS? AM I EXEMPT?

No one is automatically exempt. Please be sure to put your occupation and the name of your employer on the Questionnaire. Your Questionnaire will be reviewed; decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. There are situations where you may be offered a deferral or change of service date.

WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE MY SERVICE DATE TO FIND OUT IF I NEED TO REPORT?

The number of jurors needed by the court changes daily as the Court’s schedule could change at any time. Cases can be settled or continued. Defendants may plead guilty avoiding the necessity for a jury trial. An adequate number of jurors must be summoned each day to cover potential trials. The number of jurors required to report is usually not known by Jury Services until the afternoon before your selected date. Also, in rare instances, Jury Services may not be notified until after regular business hours of a change in schedule, so it is advisable to check your email or phone the call-in number before leaving your home the morning of your service date.

WHAT IS THE TELEPHONE CALL-IN PROCEDURE?

Example: For day and date, the following standby numbers are required to report. 1 through 500. Standby Numbers 501 through 700 are excused. Just because it appears there are 500 jurors being told to report, that is never the case. Many of the numbers that fall within the range may have been deferred, excused or disqualified.



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