Jury Duty

Thank You for Serving


If you are visiting this page because you have been selected for jury service, we wish to thank you for your service. With freedom comes responsibility, and jury service is an important aspect of the rights, privileges and freedoms we all enjoy in this great nation. Your service is greatly appreciated by the court.

Juror Selection


In Calvert County, Kathy Smith, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, is responsible for managing the selection process under the direction of the Honorable Marjorie L. Clagett, Administrative Judge. Once a year jurors are selected at random from a combination of the Calvert County Voter Registration list and the list of Calvert County's licensed drivers and persons holding state identification cards issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. From that pool of potential jurors, approximately 1,800 qualified individuals will be randomly selected to actually serve as petit jurors and 46 as grand jurors.

There are two Jury Sessions in Calvert County, January and July.

Preparation for Jury Duty


This pamphlet was developed to introduce jury service to those summoned to jury duty for the first time and to refresh the memories of those who have had past experience as petit jurors. It will help you become familiar with terms and procedures that are common in both civil and criminal cases.

Grand Jury Handbook


The Serving on a Maryland Grand Jury Pamphlet (PDF) introduces you to service as a grand juror. It explains how a grand jury is chosen, the difference between a grand and petit jury, the duties of a grand jury, frequently used terms, and more.

Finally, please visit the Jury Service website where you will find FAQs for employers and employees, do's and don'ts during trial and deliberations, and more.

Juror Qualification Form


Learn why the form is sent and what to do with it once it has been received.

Scheduling/Call-in Procedures


Find information regarding the scheduling / call-in procedures for petit jurors.

Excusals


Excusal from jury service undermines the important purpose of providing jurors who represent a fair cross section of the citizens of the state and casts a direct and unfair burden on other citizens selected for service.

For those reasons, Sec. 8-210 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, Annotated Code of Maryland provides that: "Any person summoned for jury service may be excused by the jury judge if the person shows that undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity require his excuse, but only for the period the jury judge deems necessary."

Sec. 8-209 further provides that "the only persons exempt from jury service are: a member of the organized militia who is certified by the military department as a member; and a person who is 70 years old or older who has made a written request to the jury commissioner or clerk for an exemption."

A person may not be required to serve that has previously served more than five days as a juror within the last three years.

Requests for Excusal


Requests for complete excusal from jury service, or postponement to a later term, must be in writing and, as required by law, are granted only in the most extreme circumstances.

Throughout the term, the Clerk of Circuit Court and/or the Jury Commissioner will attempt to be as accommodating as possible with the schedules of each individual juror. However, they must meet the needs of the court as well. Jurors may be excused on a daily basis for medical appointments, illnesses, important business or personal appointments, vacations, etc. Jurors should notify the jury clerk in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the juror's term of service to request to be excused for specific dates during the term of service. Written requests may be mailed or faxed to the jury clerk.

Written notification confirming or denying the request will be sent to the juror. For emergencies, the juror should call the jury clerk at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2632.

The court determines how many potential jurors are needed to make an appropriate selection pool in each individual jury trial and only notifies that amount to appear. Therefore, it may be impossible to grant any last minute requests to be excused. Again, do not wait until scheduled to appear to present your conflict. You must notify the Clerk of Circuit Court or jury clerk as soon as the potential for conflict exists.

Attire


Although dress may be casual, jurors are requested to dress conservatively and in a business-like manner. Shorts and cutoff jeans, hats (except for religious purposes), tank and halter tops, undershirts or beach wear are considered inappropriate.

Parking


Free parking is available in any of the unmarked spaces in the front and in the two parking lots behind the courthouse. Free parking is also available at the State Office Building across the street from the courthouse and at the County Services Plaza adjacent to the State Office Building.

Paid parking is available in the private lot across from the courthouse. Jurors would have to make arrangements with the private lot owner.

Security


Anyone entering the courthouse must pass through a metal detector and is subject to further search of their belongings. Anything considered to be a weapon or that is deemed unacceptable by the security officers will be confiscated. 

Possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices may be limited or prohibited in designated areas of the court facility. An electronic device may not be brought into a jury deliberation room. View the Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices Policy page for further details.

Work Certifications


Certifications of jury service for employers are available in the Clerk's office once roll has been taken. An employer may not deprive an employee of his or her employment solely because of job time lost as a result of court attendance in response to a jury summons, under the provision of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, Sec. 8-105.

Jury Pay


Jurors, both grand and petit, are paid $20 per day for their expenses. Jurors are given a certificate of jury service which indicates they were in court on a particular day and how much they were paid, to provide to their employer if required.

Jury pay may be considered taxable income; however, it may be deducted as expense money. Consult your tax advisor to be sure. The court will not provide a Form W-2 or 1099.
Find information regarding pay for jury duty.