Juror Information

On April 26, 2021, Jury Trials are scheduled to resume as we move into Phase V of the Maryland Judiciary phase reopening plan.  The Grand Jury has been meeting and will continue with the current Grand Jury January 2021 Term. 

I know many of you have questions and concerns on how you will be protected as well as how Jury Service will work here in St. Mary’s County.  We here at the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County have been diligently working to make sure we provide the best possible Jury experience as well as maintaining CDC guidelines for the return of our Jurors. 

If you have been selected for Jury Service and have returned your paperwork qualifying yourself, there are a few simple steps to follow.  As early as the Friday, after 5:00 p.m., before the first day your service is scheduled to start, you can call the recorded message line or check https://mdcourts.gov/clerks/stmarys/juryinfo and click the Jury Announcement link for reporting instructions.  Your reporting instructions will include the location to report to either our Courthouse or off-site assembly location and time to report.    

The courts have selected a designated off-site assembly location to better serve the guidelines of the CDC for Jury Selection.  That location is Leonard Hall Recreation Center (Drill Hall), 23145 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD.  20650 which is located by the Governmental Center in Leonardtown.  There will be signs directing you the entrance.  Once you arrive, you will be screened by court security with a contactless thermometer, screening questions as well as going through a metal detector.  You will be required to follow the CDC guidelines and State of Maryland requirements for wearing of masks in buildings.  If you forget your mask or do not have the proper mask, one will be provided.  There will be sanitizer and wipes provided as well.  We have also made a few minor adjustments to our normal check in procedures that will help with checking in, payment, work/school certifications and the Generous Juror Program Donations.   Once orientation and the selection process are completed (at the off-site assembly location), the selected panel members will then be instructed to report to the Courthouse to begin the trial that they have been selected for.  If you are instructed to report to the Courthouse, once you arrive, you will be directed to the Jury Assembly room in the basement of the Courthouse where all CDC guidelines will be followed as well. 

The Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland is looking forward to moving into Phase V with the return of Jury.  Please know that we are doing everything possible to make sure you are protected and feel safe and to include an enjoyable Jury experience.  If you should have any further questions and or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 301-475-7844 ext. 74560 or 74566. 

Thank you
Debra J. (Debbie) Burch
Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County

301-475-7844, Ext. 74560 or 74566
301-475-2851 (FAX)

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Recorded Reporting Instructions (after 5:00 p.m.)

1-866-SMC-JURY, 1-866-762-5879 or 301-475-3550 or see Jury Announcements for online reporting instructions and schedule

"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. Fair and impartial jurors are essential to our system of justice. I hope you will find your jury service interesting and rewarding. If we can be of any assistance to you, please let us know."

Debra J. "Debbie" Burch, Clerk of the Circuit Court

If you have received a questionnaire/summons for jury service, please check to see if you have been selected for TRIAL or GRAND jury service, and complete Part B - Juror Qualification Form on the back portion of the form. This portion of the form MUST be completed and returned together with any relevant documentation within ten (10) days of receipt. You are encouraged to complete the Qualification Formonline at http://mdcourts.gov/juryservice/jurorqualificationform.html or you may return it by U.S. mail.


Trial Jurors

To determine your reporting status, you are instructed to call the recorder information line 1-866-SMC-JURY, 1-866-762-5879, 301-475-3550, 301-475-3507. The recorder messages are updated Monday through Friday after 5:00 p.m. You will need to refer to your Juror Number which is shown on your JUROR BADGE. The recorded message will advise which jurors, if any, are required to report for service the following day and provide additional instructions including the time to report. It is important that you listen to the entire message. Trial jurors will generally appear for service less than five (5) times during their month of service. Circumstances may occur where a trial cannot be completed in one day. If this occurs, please follow the instructions of the Judge as when to report. YOU MUST BRING YOUR JUROR BADGE/SUMMONS WITH YOU WHEN YOU REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE.

Grand Jurors

There are two six-month Grand Jury terms in St. Mary’s County which begin on the 2nd Monday of January and July. On the orientation date, you will be given a tentative schedule of dates to report for service. Please report on those dates, unless otherwise notified. YOU MUST BRING YOUR JUROR BADGE/SUMMONS WITH YOU WHEN YOU REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE.

Directions/Parking

The Circuit Court is located at 41605 Courthouse Drive in downtown Leonardtown. Parking is available next to the courthouse and on surrounding streets. Please arrive early to allow time to park and proceed through Security when entering the courthouse.

Preparation For Jury Duty

Please read the memorandum "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.

Attire

Proper attire is required-- NO UNIFORMS, SHORTS, CUT-OFF JEANS, T-SHIRTS WITH LOGOS, TANK OR HALTER TOPS, GYM CLOTHES, PAJAMAS, OR HATS (EXCEPT FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES).A violation of this dress code that causes disruption to the court proceedings may result in an extension of your service term or other sanction.

Payment

During your period of jury service, you will be paid the sum of $15 per day for attendance. If you choose not to receive payment for jury service, you may consider participating in the Generous Juror Program.

Courthouse Security

Jurors, like everyone else, are required to go through the security check point at the entrance(s) to the courthouse. Purses and packages will be manually searched, and everyone must pass through the metal detector. Admission to the building will be denied to persons having a knife of any size. These items will have to be returned to your car or other location outside the courthouse.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather and the St. Mary’s County School System is closed or delayed, jury will be cancelled for that day.  You may also contact the inclement weather line at 301-475-7844 ex. 74656 for weather related updates.  If the message has not changed or updated then you report as scheduled.