Charles County's jury plan allows for one selection process annually. During that process, an appropriate number of jurors are selected to serve from a certified list from the Motor Vehicle Administration and a list of Registered Voters. The Trial Jurors are divided into panels, each panel serving a one-week term during which they will serve as needed. The Grand Jurors serve a 6-month term and are obligated to appear whenever summoned by the Court (usually 6 - 8 times during your term).
You will be provided a juror certification on the day that you report for service. After reporting for service you will receive a check in the amount of $15.00 for expenses for each day you report. Checks will be mailed to your address of record in approximately 2 - 3 weeks. You may also elect to donate your pay for jury service to the Charles County Generous Jurors Program.
If you are summoned for trial jury service, please complete Steps 1-4 of the instructions on the Juror Summons. Juror service is organized by JUROR NUMBER and by the DATE your week of service is to begin. If you have received a summons for jury service please complete Part B – Juror Qualification Form on the back portion of your summons and return it to the Jury Office within ten days of receipt. You can also complete the Qualification Form online at http://mdcourts.gov/juryservice/jurorqualificationform.html.
You must call the recorded message on the Juror Code-a-Phone at (301) 932-3200 or (301) 870-2330, after 5:00 pm of the evening prior to the DATE your week of service is to begin. For example: If your reporting date is a Monday, you should call the Code-a-Phone message after 5:00 pm Sunday, prior to your reporting date.
Listen for instructions for your JUROR NUMBER and DATE to report. You are to report for service only when and if your JUROR NUMBER is instructed to report.
Continue to call the Juror Code-a-Phone at (301) 932-3200 or (301) 870-2330, each evening after 5:00 pm to receive instructions for the following day during your reporting week.
An orientation film will be shown on your first day of service to assist you with the duties and responsibilities of a juror.
Proper attire is required (NO shorts, tee shirts, jeans, sweat clothes or tank tops are permitted). You may bring reading material. No provisions are available for childcare. Possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices are limited or prohibited in designated areas of the court facility. See NOTICE on Cell Phones, Other Electronic Devices, and Cameras in Court Facilities (effective January 1, 2011).
Certifications of jury service will be submitted to you when you report for jury service. An employer may not deprive an employee of his employment solely because of job-time lost as a result of Court attendance in response to a jury summons, under the provision of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §8-105.
Advance Notification of Vacations, Medical Appointments, Unavoidable Schedule Conflicts, Etc. Should be Brought to the Attention of:
- (301) 932-3203
- (301) 932-3331
Jury Service is an important aspect of the rights, privileges and duties that we all enjoy as citizens. YOUR willingness to serve and participate in this essential part of our judicial system is greatly appreciated by the Clerk and by the Court.
You may download "Preparation for Jury Duty." This pamphlet was developed to introduce jury service to those summoned to jury duty for the first time and to refresh the memories of those who have had past experience as trial jurors. The pamphlet is in Portable Document Format. To view this pamphlet, you may be required to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. (Many newer browsers already include a PDF plug-in.)
The above information applies primarily to Trial Jurors.
Grand Jurors will receive additional information in the summons received in the mail.
The Charles County Generous Jurors Program is a way for jurors to assist one of the more than 88 children in foster care in Charles County.
Any juror who would like to donate all or part of the payment they receive for jury service to the Charles County Foster Care Program can do so by informing the Jury Commissioner when signing in on your day of service. It’s a simple yet meaningful gesture that can raise additional needed funds for foster children in Charles County.
All donations go directly to the children to provide for special amenities and to enhance foster care experiences in Charles County. The Generous Jurors Program could assist with purchasing items such as Christmas and birthday gifts, bedroom furniture, prom dresses, recreational activity fees, class rings, senior pictures, camp memberships and other services and activities for which funding may not be available.