During Your Jury Service
- What can you expect during your jury duty service?
- Please be prepared to spend time waiting in the Jurors' Lounge prior to serving as a juror.
The Court apologizes for this inconvenience, but please know the Jurors' Office staff is aware of your concerns. Many administrative processes have been implemented to minimize your waiting time. The waiting is caused by the fact that trials are scheduled to begin at different times throughout the day and parties may settle the case at any time prior to commencing the trial. Therefore predicting when, or if, you will actually get sent to a courtroom is very difficult.
Please be PatientThe fact that available jurors are present in the courthouse and are ready to serve on a trial and render a verdict may encourage parties to resolve a dispute or enter a plea. Therefore, your mere presence in the courthouse actually serves the ends of justice.
Bring Things to DoBooks, magazines, newspapers, laptops, tablets, cards, and other quiet activities are permitted. The Jurors' Lounge has televisions, vending machines, Wi-Fi access, and public telephones. As a courtesy, the Jurors' Business Center is equipped with carrels, Wi-Fi & modem access, a facsimile, and a copier. Wi-Fi access is also available in the surrounding area.
- The Jurors' Office, in conjunction with D.C. Courts' Child Care Center, provides child care services for jurors while they are serving jury duty.
- A lactation room is available for nursing mothers.
Also, in conjunction with the Office of Court Interpreting Services and the Court Reporting and Recording Division, sign language interpreting services and other accommodations are provided for Deaf/Hard of Hearing jurors. Jurors with disabilities and those with special needs are encouraged to indicate such on the juror questionnaire. If you have a disability that requires special accommodations to enable you to serve (i.e., interpreter for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing), please contact us at least two weeks prior to your summons date so that the appropriate accommodations can be made to enable you to serve. Contact the Office of Court Interpreting Services via relay at 202-879-4828, or by e-mail at email@example.com. If you need CART (Communications Access Real Time Translation, an assistive listening device, reader, enlarged print documents or general assistance to enable you to serve, please contact the Jurors' Office at least two weeks prior to your summons date at 202-879-4604, by e-mail at JurorHelp@dcsc.gov, or via Live Chat on the Juror Homepage at www.dccourts.gov/jury.
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