Who is disqualified from jury service?

You may be disqualified from jury service (not allowed to serve) if:

  • You have been convicted in a state or federal court of a crime punishable by more than one year of imprisonment and your civil rights have not been restored.
  • You are unable to read, write, speak or understand the English language to a degree sufficient to allow you to act as a juror.
  • If you have less than a 6th-grade (or equivalent) education.
  • If you are unable to render efficient jury service due to severe mental or physical infirmity.

Failure to state such disqualifying facts upon questioning by the judge, clerk of court or hearing officer is punishable as contempt of court. Likewise, furnishing false or misleading information on a Juror Response Form may also subject you to penalties for contempt of court. None of the following is eligible to serve as a juror:

  • Any person employed within the walls of any courthouse
  • Clerk or deputy clerk of court
  • Constable
  • County commissioner
  • County officer
  • Magistrate
  • Probate judge
  • Sheriff

No member of a grand jury, which returned an indictment, may be on the petit jury for the trial of the case. 

Tell Us You Don’t Qualify

If you have been summoned to appear as a juror in the Court of Common Pleas, or the Court of General Sessions, you should have received a Juror Response Form with your summons. If you meet any of the above-named criteria for disqualification, you should indicate as much on your Response Form and return it within two calendar days in the return envelope provided, and it will not be necessary for you to appear on the date specified on the summons.

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1. How are jurors selected?
2. How often are jurors selected?
3. If I was chosen for jury duty this year, can I be picked again later?
4. I don't want to serve on jury duty. What do I do?
5. My religious belief prohibits me from serving as a juror. Do I need to answer the summons and appear for jury duty?
6. Who is disqualified from jury service?
7. Who may be exempted from jury service?
8. Who may be excused from jury service?
9. My boss doesn't like me to be away from work. Can I be excused from jury duty?
10. I don't mind serving as a juror, but this is a really bad time. Can I reschedule my jury service?