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Deferrals are available for jurors that will experience severe hardship because of jury duty. Jury duty is an obligation required by law and is not voluntary. Most people enjoy the experience.
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You should respond to the summons via mail or the online response system.
It is advised that you do not ignore your summons. If you do, you may be subject to prosecution.
Please visit our directions and parking page for more information about how to get to the Judicial Center, located at 45 N George Street in York City.
Jurors are paid $9 each day for the first three days of service. Starting on the fourth day, jurors are paid $25 per day. You are also eligible for mileage at a rate of 17 cents per mile. See more information about compensation. Compensation is set by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Jurors typically are not provided meals, but at lunchtime are given ample time to purchase food outside the courthouse or eat a meal brought from home. There are also vending machines on the first floor of the Judicial Center.
All U.S. citizens age 18 or older who live in York County are qualified to serve as jurors, with the exception of:
Jurors will hear criminal and civil cases.
In criminal cases, the District Attorney or Attorney General prosecutes a case against an individual accused of a crime.
In civil cases, the parties are individuals, businesses or government agencies. The party initiating the lawsuit is the Plaintiff and the party defending the lawsuit is the Defendant. The Plaintiff is generally seeking monetary damages.