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Thank you for visiting the Jury Information section of our website. The goal of this resource is to provide you with a wealth of information about assisting our community through jury service.
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The right to a trial by jury is a fundamental principal of the U.S. justice system. By serving on a jury, you are helping to ensure a fair trial for your peers. Similarly, your peers guarantee this right should you become a litigant in a civil or criminal case.
Jurors are selected from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) licensing records. All legal U.S. residents age 18 years or older who live in York County are qualified to serve unless the resident is:
- Unable to speak and understand the English language,
- Incapable because of a mental or physical infirmity to render efficient jury service, or
- Has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and has not been granted a pardon or amnesty.
An array of jurors is selected for each trial term. Jurors report the Monday of each court term to the Jury Assembly Room on the fourth floor of the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George Street in York City.
From there, the judge and attorneys for each party complete a process known as Voir Dire. The purpose is to ascertain whether any views held by a potential juror would hinder the prospective juror's ability to act impartially.
Ultimately, a jury of 12 and 2 or more alternates is selected. The remaining jurors are returned to the Jury Assembly Room for further assignment.
Selected jurors may serve for more than one trial over the course of the trial term. Certain trials may extend for more than one day. Jurors almost always are permitted to return home overnight.
Please select from the menu at left to register for service or learn more about the process.