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Resumption of Jury Trials
The right to a jury is one of the fundamental rights that our founding fathers provided
to us and is a vital part of our guaranteed liberties. It includes the right to
trial by jury before our peers, in both civil and criminal matters, and the corresponding
right and duty to act as jurors in the cases of other citizens. Without the participation
of each of us, this very basic right would be diminished, depriving all of us of
its benefits and protection.
The Office of Jury Management is responsible for qualifying and summoning citizens
of Allegheny County to jury service, utilizing approximately 30,000 jurors annually.
Individuals are randomly selected from a combined list of voter registration rolls
and licensed drivers. As the needs of the Court require, jurors are summoned to
appear for specific service dates and times.
Citizens summoned for service will report to either the Allegheny County Courthouse
or the City-County Building. Not all jurors reporting for service are selected for
trial cases, however, since the Court employs a "one day/one trial" system,
citizens who appear but are not selected have fulfilled their responsibility.
The role of a juror is extremely important in our democratic form of government.
Participation by all qualified citizens ensures the people, and not the government,
are the arbiters of disputes where the freedom of the accused or the property rights
of any citizen is at issue. By serving when called, jurors fulfill a vital service
to the community and fellow citizens.
The Court understands the potential for inconvenience that jury service may cause.
It is our policy to provide prospective jurors with a minimum five (5) weeks advance
notice of their service date. When summoned, we will work with prospective jurors
to select a convenient date to appear for service, if requested. Jurors may email
the Office of Jury Management with questions.
Thank you for your participation.