Gloria Lewis, Jury Commissioner
Circuit Court for Frederick County
100 West Patrick Street, 2nd Floor
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Phone: 301- 600-1979
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RECORDED REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS (after 4:30 p.m.): 301-600-1979
Jury Service is an important aspect of the rights, privileges and freedoms we all enjoy in the nation; and YOUR service is greatly appreciated by the Court.
If you have received a Summons for jury service, please check to see if you have been selected for PETIT (Trial) or GRAND jury service and complete Parts A and B - on the bottom portion of the form. This portion of the form MUST be completed and returned together with any relevant documentation within ten (10) days of your receipt of the Summons. You may return the bottom portion of your Summons via regular mail, by fax to 301-600-2245 or in person to the Jury Office.
Petit (Trial) Jurors
Petit (Trial) jurors are “on call” for a term of one (1) WEEK or one (1) TRIAL. You may be required to report and/or serve on any given day within your assigned week. To determine your reporting status, you are instructed to call the recorded message at 301-600-1979 the evening prior to your date of service to listen if your GROUP NUMBER is required to report and also the reporting time. (For example: The message put on Friday evening will provide instructions as to required jury groups for Monday). Continue to call each evening after 4:30 p.m. during your scheduled week to receive instructions for the following day. You are to report for Petit (Trial) jury service only if and when your GROUP NUMBER is requested to report during your scheduled week. It is important that you listen to the entire message.
Frederick County Grand Jurors will serve a jury term of six (6) months beginning in either the first week in February or September. The Grand Jury usually meets every other Friday during their term. Orientation for the Grand Jury will be held on the date listed on your Grand Juror Summons. This is a MANDATORY date for you to appear provided you have not been considered disqualified or exempt from Grand Jury service. Please arrive in the Jury Assembly Room at 8:15 a.m. Please bring the top portion of your Summons with you. You will receive a list of possible dates the Grand Jury could meet and further instructions during that orientation.
The courthouse is located at 100 West Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701. The courthouse is a secured building and all persons and their personal items will be x-rayed upon entry. Please leave any questionable items at home. You may bring your camera cell phones, PDA and laptops, however, there is no WI-FI connection in the courthouse. You may also bring food, drinks and reading materials with you into the jury assembly room that is located on the second floor.
Jurors are to park in the West Patrick Street deck which is located at 138 West Patrick Street. The deck sits directly on your left after you pass the courthouse on West Patrick Street. IT IS NOT THE COURT STREET DECK. You must park in the parking deck that is located on West Patrick Street to have your parking expense paid by the Court. The West Patrick Street deck is the parking deck that is closest to the rear doors of the Courthouse. You may use either the front or rear doors of the courthouse to enter the building. Please bring your parking ticket with you into the jury room for further instructions.
Proper attire is required. NO UNIFORMS, SHORTS, CUT-OFF JEANS, T-SHIRTS WITH LOGOS, GYM CLOTHES, HATS (EXCEPT FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES) OR TANK AND HALTER TOPS. You may wish to bring a sweater. Please refrain from using heavily scented perfumes or colognes.
For every day that you are required to report for jury service during your scheduled week, you will receive $20.00 for your service. If you choose not to receive payment for jury service, you may consider participating in the “Generous Juror” program.