How was I selected? Names are randomly selected by computer from the County’s per capita tax records and lists from the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Voter Registration, Welfare, and Revenue. There is always the chance that a person may never be called while another may be called several times. Those whose names are picked are sent questionnaires by the Court Administrator’s Office. They then determine who is qaulified to serve. Those names are then placed on a master list and in the “jury wheel.” As jurors are needed the Court Administrator’s Office draws the requested number of names from the wheel, and those then chosen are summoned to appear at a particular time.
Why do I have to wait until the night before to find out if I have to report? The number of jurors needed by the court changes daily. An adequate number of jurors must be summoned each day to cover potential trials. We try to summon as few jurors as possible. In the past, all jurors summoned were required to report to the Courthouse each day and then were sent home if they were not needed. As a convenience to jurors, we established the call-in system to avoid an unnecessary trip to the Judicial Center.
Where do I report? The first morning jurors report to the Judicial Center/East Side Entrance. The Crawford County Judicial Center does not open to the public until 8:30 A.M.
You will be permitted entrance at 8:45 A.M. It is also a secure facility. Everyone entering the building is required to pass through a metal detector located at the East Side Entrance. Look for signs, court personnel and/or Tipstaves, who will direct you. On busy days, such as days when jurors are coming to the Judicial Center, it is not unusual to have a line of people waiting outdoors to get through the screening process. Please dress accordingly for weather conditions. After the first day you will receive further instructions about where and when to report.
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