Most Commonly Asked Questions
How do I become a juror?
The Jury Commission annually prepares a list of prospective jurors who are randomly selected from the Delaware County Voters Registration List and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Drivers License list of Delaware County residents. Unfortunately, you cannot volunteer for Jury Duty.
How often can I be summoned for jury duty?
The law allows persons who have served as a juror a one (1) year exemption. If you are selected and serve on a jury for three (3) days or more, you will be excused for a period of three (3) years from the date of service.
How long must I serve?
Delaware County has adopted a one day-one trial system. If you are not selected to serve on a jury, you will be excused by the jury office. If you are selected, you will serve for the duration of the trial. Courthouse hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Jurors are expected to report by 8:30 AM and stay until excused by the Court.
How do I prepare for jury duty?
Bring your juror summons with you. Bring some reading material or reading device, the jury selection process can require that you wait in between panel selections. Childcare arrangements should be made in advance. Casual attire is permitted but we ask that you dress appropriately and according to an interior climate considering air conditioning or heating. Lunch and snacks are on your own, however discount certificates are available for various local restaurants and stores.
I lost my Juror Questionnaire. What should I do?
Click here for Juror Questionnaire. You will be able to print a Summons and Juror Questionnaire for you to fill out and remit to the Jury Commission. *Must have the free Acrobat Reader to view these files.
Where do I park for jury duty?
Free juror parking is provided in the County's Orange Street Garage. Upon arrival show your juror summons to the Park Police Officer stationed at the entrance. Garage clearance is limited to 6' 9", and is therefore unable to accommodate vans or large trucks. Should you require further parking accommodations please contact the Courthouse & Park Police the day you are serving at (610) 891-5000, to make parking arrangements.
For a map of Media and the surrounding area, click here.
Is my employer required to pay me for jury duty?
No. There is no legal requirement that employers must pay you while you are on jury service. Ask your employer what the company policy is, companies differ. Some employers ask you to supply proof that you were at Court for jury service. Delaware County will provide you with a "Jury Certificate" which verifies your service with the Court.
Will I receive payment for jury duty?
Jurors receive $9.00 a day for the first three days of service. Beginning on the fourth day, the rate increases to $25.00 per day. Jurors also receive mileage for each day of service. The amount is 17 cents per mile which is calculated from post office to post office (Media).
I am 75 years old. At what age am I exempt from jury duty?
There is no exemption for age provided for in Pennsylvania law. The law allows exemption for: (1) persons in active military service, (2) persons who previously served for jury service and (3) persons who demonstrate undue hardship or extreme inconvenience.
Are the Courtrooms accessible to physically challenged jurors?
Yes. All the Courtrooms are accessible to people who use wheelchairs. If you have a hearing, sight or mobility concern, please advise the jury staff prior to your date of service so that accommodations can be arranged for you.