What happens when I appear for jury duty?

When appearing in the Summary Court, someone directs you to the courtroom and instructs you on where you are to sit. When the roll call session begins, a court clerk will call the roll of all parties involved in the cases and then call a roll of the jurors. The Clerk may ask you to stand and identify yourself and briefly state your occupation and the occupation of your spouse. 

After the roll call, the judge will read a series of "voir dire" questions that are meant to inform the court whether a juror has prior knowledge of a case, is related to any of the parties involved, or if there are any prejudices and opinions of the juror that would prevent them from making a fair decision. Once this process is completed, the court proceeds in selecting jury panels for each case. The parties involved step forward and the jurors are randomly drawn. The court calls each juror and both sides have an opportunity to accept or decline the potential juror. If the juror is accepted, they will step into the jury box throughout the completion of jury selection. 

A clerk will review the names and verify phone numbers where jury panel members may be reached during the week; the jurors will be given a slip of paper that indicates the date and time of the trial they are to hear. The jurors return to their seats and the court draws the next jury until all cases have jurors selected. The court selects a total of six jurors and one alternate for each case.

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1. Do I really have to serve jury duty?
2. What is the difference between serving on a Magistrates’ Courts jury and a Common Pleas or General Sessions jury?
3. What happens when I appear for jury duty?