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How often do I have to serve as a juror?

​There is no limit on the number of times your name may be drawn for service.  In Pennsylvania, however, anyone who has served on a trial as a juror fewer than three days does not need to serve again for one year.  Anyone who has served three days or more does not have to serve again for three years.  If drawn and you wish to serve again before the expiration of those time periods, you may.  In Mifflin County, anyone who has served as a juror for one day does not have to serve again for three years.  They need only report their prior service date and their desire to be excused to the court office if called upon a second time within the three-year period.

What happens if I am late and cannot get to court before the time the trial starts?

​Telephone the court office (717-248-4613) as soon as possible.

Are accommodations available if I have a disability?

​The Court of Common Pleas of Mifflin County is required by law to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  For information about accessible facilities and reasonable accommodations available to disabled individuals having business before the court, please contact the court office (717-248-4613).  All arrangements must be made at least 72 hours prior to any hearing or business before the court.

May I go home at the end of the day?

​Jurors almost always go home at the end of the day.  Sequestration is a term used to describe jurors staying at a local hotel at the county’s expense during the trial.  Sequestration rarely occurs.

How long will I serve?

​Criminal trials do not usually last longer than one or two days.  Generally, civil trials do not last longer than three to four days.  However, some trials last longer.

Is it possible to appear for jury service and not sit on a jury?

Yes.  More people are called than actually serve because it is not always possible to estimate accurately the number of jurors who will be needed to serve each day.

Is my employer required to pay me while I serve as a juror?

​If you work for the government, your employer must pay you.  If you work in the private sector, your employer does not have to pay you.  However, many employers recognize the importance of jury service and compensate their employees accordingly.

What if my employer doesn’t allow me to serve?

​The law prohibits any employer from preventing an employee to serve as a juror.  The law also prohibits an employer from depriving a juror of benefits because of jury service, such as requiring you to use vacation time to serve.

May I communicate with the court and schedule a more convenient time to serve?

​In many cases, the court will do what it can to accommodate you.  Call the court office (717-248-4613) and ask.  Don’t simply ignore the summons.

Will I be paid for serving as a juror?

​Yes, $9.00 per day for the first three days and $25.00 per day thereafter.  These fees are set by the State legislature.  The County of Mifflin pays mileage to jurors for transportation to and from the courthouse.

What happens if I ignore my summons for jury service?

​A jury summons is a court order.  If you ignore it, you are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Who is eligible to serve?

​Anyone 18 years of age or older who is a United States citizen and resident of the county and who has not been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and has not been granted a pardon or amnesty therefor.

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