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Jury Department Clerk III: Sarah Scherer
P.O. Box 249
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: (570) 325-4759
Fax: (570) 325-9449
Carbon County’s Jury Department, with the help of a state-of-the-art
computer system, selects, qualifies, and summons jurors each month for civil
and criminal trials.
The Court is very sensitive to the
convenience of jurors as well as the sacrifice made in serving as jurors. If
you are selected as a juror, you will serve for the duration of that trial
only. The typical trial is normally completed in one day. If you are not
selected, you will be dismissed. In either case, you will have fulfilled your
jury service obligation and will not be called again for at least one year.
Prior to their scheduled appearance,
jurors telephone a voice mail system to determine if they are required to
report, or if inclement weather or other developments require a change in the court
date or time.
Jurors report on the first day of the
trial term (session) and are selected for all cases scheduled for that term.
They are either assigned a specific trial date or instructed to call the voice
mail system for their assignments.
SELECTION FOR JURY SERVICE
Each session (approximately 10 per yr.),
questionnaires are mailed to prospective
jurors. Their names are pulled by computer from
a master resident file compiled from registered licensed drivers, voters, tax
payers, and high school listings. The questionnaire is to be completed and
returned within 10 days. An official summons is also a part of this mailing.
In order to qualify for jury service you
must meet the following requirements:
- You must not have been convicted of a crime punishable
by imprisonment for more than one year.
- You must be able to read, write, and speak the
- You must be physically and mentally able to perform
the functions of a juror.
- You must be a United States citizen at the
time you are summoned.
- You must be a Carbon resident and at least 18 years
of age to serve on Jury Duty in the 56th Judicial District of Carbon
IF YOU QUALIFY FOR JURY SERVICE:
- Complete and mail the Questionnaire back to the Jury
Department within 10 days of receipt. Bring the Summons with you when you
report. Be sure to carefully read all of the instructions before
you report for service. Report to 2nd Floor, Courthouse, Courtroom #1.
- If you wish to request a postponement or need to be
excused from jury service for an extreme hardship, you must indicate the
new date and/or reason and return it with the completed questionnaire and
return it within 10 days.
- In an effort to accommodate persons with
disabilities, please notify the Jury Department within 10 days from receipt
of summons for jury service.
- YOU MUST BRING THE ORIGINAL SUMMONS WITH YOU WHEN YOU
REPORT FOR SERVICE. DO NOT GIVE YOUR ORIGINAL SUMMONS TO YOUR EMPLOYER.
PROOF OF JURY SERVICE IS ATTACHED TO THE JURY FEE CHECK. DAILY PROOF OF
JURY SERVICE CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE PROTHONOTARY’S OR CLERK OF COURTS
- PLEASE REMEMBER: WEAPONS, INCLUDING PEN KNIVES,
CUTTING INSTRUMENTS, PEPPER GAS AND MACE ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING
AND WILL BE CONFISCATED AND NOT RETURNED. CELLULAR PHONES ARE ALSO NOT
PERMITTED IN THE COURTHOUSE.
IF YOU REQUEST AN EXCUSAL:
- Mail the completed questionnaire back to the Jury
Department. If your request is approved, an excusal will be mailed to you.
- If you are mentally or physically unable to serve as
a juror, provide medical certification from your doctor with your
- If you are requesting a job related excuse, your
employer should certify the hardship by letter with your signature
If you need to re-print the juror questionnaire form due to loss or damage, click this link: Juror Questionniare
PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOU FULL NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE FORM.
THE QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED AND
MAILED BACK TO THE JURY DEPARTMENT WITHIN 10 DAYS OF RECEIPT WHETHER YOU
QUALIFY OR DO NOT QUALIFY.
qualified prospective jurors are placed
on a stand-by list. A stand-by postcard is mailed to each juror about 4 days before your service date. The postcard reminds you of your jury duty and instructs you to call a pre-recorded message the weekend
before your service for stand-by
JURY SERVICE IN THE COURTHOUSE
- DRESS CODE: Proper
attire is required in court. Individuals wearing shorts, tanktops,
swimwear, and any other inappropriate garment will not be allowed into the
- INCLEMENT WEATHER INSTRUCTIONS: If driving conditions are hazardous on your jury
service day due to inclement weather, please tune into WYNS 1160 AM or
WLSH 1410 AM on your radio dial for postponements or cancellations.
- Prospective jurors view a video orientation, complete
a Questionnaire, and are assigned a badge and juror number. Show juror
badge (for the questioning of voir dire process).
- For those jurors who are in a courtroom, a lunch
break is determined by the presiding Judge. Currently, the rate of jury
fees in the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County is $9.00 each day for
the first three days and $25.00 each day, beginning the fourth day of jury
service. Proof of completed service is attached to the jury fee check. All
who served are paid when their service is completed, at the end of the