Show Cause Hearings
- Jury duty is both a privilege and an opportunity to serve your community. By law, jury service is compulsory in the District of Columbia. The Court regularly conducts “show cause” hearings for those who fail to comply with the terms of the summons. The hearings, scheduled exclusively on Friday mornings before the Chief Judge, afford jurors the opportunity to explain their failure to report for service as originally scheduled.
- Staff members of the Jurors’ Office are not authorized to excuse jurors from a show cause hearing once the notice to appear has been issued. Jurors must report for the hearing in person. Those who believe that they are ineligible to serve may provide written documentation at the time of the hearing.
Show Cause Info
- You may call the Jury Office to answer any questions you may have about this process (the best time to call is between 1 and 4 pm, weekdays). If you would like to chat online with a Jurors’ Office staff member, the Superior Court offers an “Online Juror Live Chat” option weekdays between the hours of 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm (with the exception of federal holidays).
Show Cause Live Chat