For Jurors

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 principle 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.

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
  • Has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and has not been granted a pardon or amnesty.

A pool of jurors is selected for each trial week. Jurors report 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 two or more alternates are 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 week. Certain trials may extend for more than one week.

Prohibited Items In Judicial Center

  • Cell Phones
  • Pagers
  • Knives or any type of cutting instrument (scissors)
  • Pepper Spray or mace
  • Cameras
  • Firearms, ammunition, or black powder
  • Tools of any kind
  • Stun guns
  • Handcuff keys

Things Jurors Can Bring Into Judicial Center

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • IPads
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Other Electronic Devices, no Cell Phones
  • We do not provide Wi-Fi access or a refrigerator for lunches.