Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You are expected to attend each day that you are scheduled for the entire length of your service. You will report each Monday through Friday, or Monday through Thursday, as stated on your summons. Grand jurors serving on a 4-day-per-week panel should report to their regular place of employment on any weekday they are not required to serve.
The U.S. Attorneys’ Office (USAO) allows grand jurors to take cell phones and other electronic devices such as small laptops, e-readers, tablets etc., into the lobby of the building, but they must be stored in lockers at the security desk. Jurors are allowed access to their devices during the lunch hour and scheduled breaks in the lobby area or outside the building.
At Moultrie Courthouse, cell phones are permitted while you wait, but not in the lounge. Laptops are permitted in all areas. WiFi access is available throughout the court building.
Food and beverages are not permitted in the Jurors’ Lounge. You may eat in the corridor and the Jurors’ Vending Room (to the right as you exit the Lounge). Upon entering the Courthouse, you will have to pass through security, which includes clearing a metal detector as well as an X-ray machine. Items such as Swiss Army Knives, pocketknives, scissors, metal craft needles, cameras and recording equipment are not permitted in the Courthouse. Without exception, Court Security staff will confiscate these items. Weapons will not be returned.
No, the $7 travel fee will be paid by debit card after you have served for one week. Your first payment will cover the first week of Grand Jury service only. This also applies if you are entitled to the $50 juror fee. Juror debit cards are reloaded weekly based on your attendance.
No. You must be a resident of the District of Columbia to serve. Please consult the Grand Jury Specialist if you do not live in the District of Columbia, or if you moved out of the District of Columbia after you returned the juror questionnaire.
You may use a mobile phone during your service at the Court in the Atrium or the corridors; however, we encourage the use of discretion and courtesy for those around you. You are not permitted to use the phone's camera function on the premises. The use of laptop computers is also permitted. WiFi access is available in the Jurors' Business Center, the Jurors' Lounge and the surrounding area.
On occasion, recall days are needed to clear up any unfinished business of your grand jury panel. When recall sessions are needed, your panel will be provided with as much advance notice as possible.
The Department of Health requires that specific health forms be completed. The child’s shot record is helpful during a first visit to verify that your child has had certain shots. However, unless it is on the Department of Health form, you will need to have the required form completed by your child’s doctor before the child’s next visit.
A current immunization record is required for each registered child.
Yes. Superior Court offers childcare to children of jurors at no charge. Your child must be at least 2 1/2 years old and fully toilet-trained (no pull-ups). You must provide an immunization record for your child beginning on Day 2. You must take your child out of the center (Location: C-100) for lunch. Please plan to pick-up your child by 4:45 p.m. daily, as the Center closes at 5 p.m.
People registering for the first time should allow at least 10 – 15 minutes for completing the computerized registration form and signing printed documents. If your child has attended the Center previously, it takes a few minutes to print the registration and admittance forms for you to sign.
You can expect to be in the Jurors' Lounge until 5 p.m., possibly later if you are in a courtroom for the selection process. Often, a panel selection may continue for a second day. Please plan accordingly.
Child Care service is free to eligible members of the public. Court employees contribute a fee which is given to the Victims Assistance Program. The fee is reduced by 50% for 2 or more children for Court employees
Juror payments will be disbursed via Visa debit cards. Activate your card after 5 p.m. on the first day of service at 1-800-341-6700. Payments for each day’s attendance will be loaded onto the debit cards after 5 p.m.
If you are a member of the public who has business with the Court or you are a Court employee, you are eligible to use the Child Care Center during the time that you are handling your business with the Court.
No. If the trial on which you are serving is recessed for an entire day for any reason and you are currently employed, you should report to work on that day. You will not be paid by the Court for days on which the trial is in recess.
No. Complete and return the juror questionnaire. Be sure to indicate that you are not a citizen of the United States. Do not report for service. You will be mailed confirmation not to report.
Please contact the Jurors’ Office immediately at (202) 879-4604 and speak with a Jury staff person. The Court compiles its master jury list using records obtained from multiple sources. On occasion, these records contain errors that can prevent users from logging on to eJuror successfully. These types of errors can also cause duplicate summons to be issued before a juror’s two-year cycle of eligibility has ended.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
Please contact the Jurors’ Office immediately at (202) 879-4604 and speak with a Jury staff person. The Court compiles its master jury list using records obtained from multiple sources. On occasion, these records contain errors that can prevent users from logging on to eJuror successfully. These types of errors can also cause duplicate summons to be issued before a juror’s two-year cycle of eligibility has ended.
The Superior Court's flexible deferral system allows you to select a date to serve that is up to 90 days away from the original date on your summons. The day of the week that you select must be the same day of the week on which you were originally summoned. For example, if your original summons date falls on a Tuesday, the deferral date you select must also be a Tuesday. Most trials last 3-5 days, so keep this in mind when choosing a date to begin your service.
Confirmation notices are mailed 1 business day after you select a deferral date. You are required to report on the deferred date whether or not the notice reaches you by mail. If you cannot remember the new date you chose to serve, log on to eJuror, and select “Current Status” from the menu on the left. You can find your next scheduled date to serve under “Next Report Date”.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
Confirmation notices are mailed 1 business day after you select a deferral date. You are required to report on the deferred date whether or not the notice reaches you by mail. If you cannot remember the new date you chose to serve, log on to eJuror, and select “Current Status” from the menu on the left. You can find your next scheduled date to serve under “Next Report Date”.
In order to remove an individual's name from the Master Jury Wheel because that person no longer resides in the District of Columbia, the Court requires the following information: the individual's name, the bar coded jury number (located in bold print on the face of the summons) and the current address, including street, unit number if applicable, city, state and zip code.
You will receive a reminder of your new reporting date, not a new summons. Your juror badge number will not change. You should keep the original summons and bring it with you on the new date. Your original summons contains the actual badge you will be required to wear during your service. When you report for service, the badge will be detached from the original summons and placed in a holder that you can attach to your clothing.
Yes, you should complete and return the juror qualification form as soon as you receive it, even if you deferred your jury service to a later time. Complete the form online at www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices, mail the completed form to us in the postage-paid summons packet, or fax it to us at 2028790012 [at] fax2mail.com. Returning your juror qualification form ahead of time will facilitate your check-in for jury service.
Yes, you are still expected to report. Although the Court will send you a reminder of your deferral date, it is your responsibility to report on the deferred date, whether or not confirmation of the deferral reaches you by mail. We recommend that once you arrange a deferral date with our staff, you jot down that date in your calendar, or set yourself a reminder of the new service date in your electronic scheduler.
If you are a petit juror reporting for the first time, you don't need to do anything. Your name will be returned to the general pool of jurors.
Grand jurors cannot serve if it has been less than 10 years since the completion of the jail term, probation or parole. Petit Jurors cannot serve if it has been less than 1 year since the completion of the jail term, probation or parole. You cannot serve if you have a pending criminal case, but you may serve with a misdemeanor conviction.
Petit jurors can serve if it has been 1 year since the completion of the jail term, probation, or parole. You can serve with a misdemeanor conviction. You cannot serve if you have a pending criminal case. Please see D.C. Code Section 11-1906(b)(2)(B).
Contact the jury staff at (202) 879-4604 if you have a scheduling conflict, travel plans, medical appointment, illness, or other matter that would prevent you from serving on a trial. Do not assume that you will be here for only one day; you may be selected for a trial.
Log on to eJuror and select “Current Status” from the menu on the left. Your last date of service can be found under “Last Attended”.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
Log on to eJuror and select “Current Status” from the menu on the left. Your last date of service can be found under “Last Attended”.
If you are currently deployed or about to be deployed out of the District or out of the country, you can be excused from service. Please contact us by telephone at (202) 879-4604, by eFax at 2028790012 [at] fax2mail.com, or by email at JurorHelp [at] dcsc.gov for assistance.
Hit the “Refresh” button on the toolbar to reload the page. To avoid this error, use the “back” and “next” buttons at the bottom of the eJuror page; do not use the browser back and forward buttons. You may need to exit your browser completely, wait 3-5 minutes and log on again.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
Hit the “Refresh” button on the toolbar to reload the page. To avoid this error, use the “back” and “next” buttons at the bottom of the eJuror page; do not use the browser back and forward buttons. You may need to exit your browser completely, wait 3-5 minutes and log on again.
If you require such assistance, contact the Office of Court Interpreting Services via relay at (202) 879-4828 at least two weeks in advance of your summons date. You can schedule an ASL, PSE or oral interpreter to accommodate you during your service.
Log on to eJuror and select “Attendance Letter” from the menu on the left. You may print a copy for your records.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
The Personal Information page reflects where the summons was mailed and will allow changes of address within the District of Columbia only. To enter an out-of-state address, proceed on to the questionnaire. The “Resident” page and the “Current Address” page will allow you to indicate that you no longer live in DC and to enter your non-DC address. You will then receive a formal disqualification from service.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
The Personal Information page reflects where the summons was mailed and will allow changes of address within the District of Columbia only. To enter an out-of-state address, proceed on to the questionnaire. The “Resident” page and the “Current Address” page will allow you to indicate that you no longer live in DC and to enter your non-DC address. You will then receive a formal disqualification from service.
If you've misplaced your jury summons and are unsure of your reporting date, call the Jurors' Office at (202) 879-4604. The Jurors' Office staff can provide you with your juror badge number, the date you are expected to report, and your reporting time and location. If you've misplaced the summons, but know what date you are to serve and where our Courthouse is located, simply report for service with your driver's license or some other valid form of identification.
No. Report immediately to the Jurors’ Office to report your change of address so that you can be removed from today’s jury pool and excused from service.
Exit your browser completely. The eJuror system will allow you to log back on in approximately 3-5 minutes.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
Exit your browser completely. The eJuror system will allow you to log back on in approximately 3-5 minutes.
The Court offers online deferrals at www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices that allow you to defer your service to a new date. Be sure to complete the juror qualification form online before deferring your service. You can also defer your service to a new date via the Automated Juror Deferral Line (202) 879-4604 by using your telephone keypad. Have your bar-coded juror number, your calendar, and a pen available.
If you are selected for a trial, you must provide written proof that you are a contracted worker in order to receive the full jury fee during your service. We recommend that contract workers for government agencies bring this documentation when they report for service. Documentation should be typewritten on official letterhead, and signed by the contractor or your immediate supervisor. For faster processing, please include your bar-coded jury number on the document.
There is no age limit for Superior Court jurors. Dismissing jurors solely on the basis of age could be considered a form of discrimination. Jurors can be excused on the basis of medical or mental infirmity, but not age.Keywords: eJuror, Juror, Jury Duty
The Child Care Center is available to you as long as you have business with the Court.
If an emergency necessitates evacuation of the building, Court staff will be on hand to guide jurors safely out of the building. Additionally, jurors are provided with detailed emergency evacuation procedures upon check-in. Be sure to read these procedures carefully and keep them handy during your service. Superior Court Building Evacuation Information for Jurors.
The Center is a licensed Child Development Center. The office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) issues the annually renewable Child Care Center license.
Yes, there are WiFi access points in the Jurors' Lounge, the Business Center, as well as in the cafeteria on the C Level. To connect using your WiFi-enabled laptop, open your web browser and you will be directed to the Courts’ WiFi login page. You will need to select “I agree” on the WiFi Terms and Conditions of Use/Terms of Service (TOS) page. You will then be able to browse the Internet at no cost.Keywords: Petit Jury, Jury Duty, Juror, Petit Juror
Yes, there are WiFi access points in the Jurors' Lounge, the Business Center, as well as in the cafeteria on the C Level. To connect using your WiFi-enabled laptop, open your web browser and you will be directed to the Courts’ WiFi login page. You will need to select “I agree” on the WiFi Terms and Conditions of Use/Terms of Service (TOS) page.
If you've missed your summons or deferral date, please contact the Jurors’ Office at 202-879-4604. Failure to report for jury service as directed places you in FTA (Failure to Appear) status and must be resolved quickly to avoid a possible show cause hearing. Jurors must speak directly with a jury staff member to obtain a new date to serve. You will not be able to access eJuror or the Automated Deferral Line while in FTA status.
If your child must receive medication during his/her visit to the Center, the person who left the child should be available to administer the medication at the appropriate times.
Sick children may not attend the Center. If your child becomes ill during the day at the Child Care Center, you will be contacted to pick him/her up.
You must provide written proof from your employer that it is your day off from work to receive the $full jury fee. The statement you provide should be typewritten on official letterhead from your employer and signed by your immediate supervisor, human resources director, or payroll manager. Requests for payment for each of your days off will be processed upon the completion of your grand jury service.
The Child Care Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. The Center is closed on weekends and federal holidays.
If you have a current Department of Health (DOH) health certificate for your child, you should bring it. All children will need a health certificate. If your child is age 3 or older, a dental health certificate also will be needed. The emergency treatment form requires health insurance information. You need to bring that information as well. (If your child is school-age, you may be able to get this information from your child’s school.)
Generally, your lunch hour will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Jurors may obtain proof of service by visiting eJuror Online Services at www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices. Log in and click "'Attendance Letter.Petit Jury Service / Jurors and Jury Duty
Lockers are located at the front of the jurors' lounge for your convenience. The lockers cost $.50 to $.75 per one-time use.
The Child Care Center is located on C Level in the Moultrie (Superior Court) Building at 500 Indiana Avenue in Room C-100.
You are entitled to receive the full juror fee if you are unemployed, self-employed, retired or if your employer will not pay your normal salary during your jury service.
Exclusion from jury service on account of race is prohibited by law. By collecting and maintaining statistics on jurors' racial identity, the Court can effectively monitor and enforce nondiscrimination in the selection of jurors. This question has absolutely no bearing on qualification for jury service.Keywords: Petit Jury, Jury Duty, Juror, Petit Juror
This information is used solely to identify and remove duplicates on the Master Jury Wheel and to produce 1099 reports for the Internal Revenue Service.
No. After your enrollment and swearing in at the Moultrie Courthouse, your grand jury panel will meet at the US Attorneys’ Office (USAO) for the remainder of your service.
The Center handles special needs situations on an individual basis. If the child’s needs can be met by the available staff in the Child Care Center’s environment, your child may be able to use the Center.
Jurors can receive summons by postal mail and eSummons. The mailed summons always follows the eSummons. We send eSummons to prospective jurors if we have your email address in our records. It contains hyperlinks to the jury webpage where you can complete the questionnaire.
No. After your enrollment and swearing in at the Moultrie Courthouse, your grand jury panel will be provided with reporting instructions to meet at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the remainder of your service.
The cards can be used at retail locations that accept VISA. To locate a surcharge-free ATM, visit www.firstdata.com/moneynetwork. Online balance inquiries are free of charge at www.usdebitcard.gov or grand jurors can download the Money Network Mobile App at the App Store or on Google Play to check their balance.
If you misplace your debit card, you should contact 1-800-341-6700 for a replacement.
The Health Unit staff in Room C330 will provide a private room for nursing mothers during your service. If you plan to visit the Health Unit, please alert a member of the Jurors’ Office.
Food and beverages are not permitted in the Jurors’ Lounge.
If you are selected for trial, you must provide written proof from your agency that you will not receive your normal salary in order to be issued the full jury fees during your service.
Submit a statement from your health care provider on official letterhead stating you are unable to serve due to your medical condition. Send the letter to: jurorhelp [at] dcsc.gov (petit jurors), grandjurorhelp [at] dcsc.gov (grand jurors), via eFax to 2028790012 [at] fax2mail.com, or via eJuror Services at www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices.