Jury Service

Announcement on Juror Safety from President Judge Janine Edwards:

An image of a letter from the President Judge outlining safety precaution for jurors in September.

Next Trial Term

Jury Selection is Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Jurors should report to the main Wayne County Courthouse courtroom at 9 a.m. in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Under Pennsylvania law, all qualified citizens "shall have an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose." 42 Pa. C.S. § 4501.

Excusals

Excusals for reasons of hardship (e.g., self-employment, employment concerns, or lack of childcare) cannot be approved by Court staff. Hardship recusal requests must be determined by the Court at the time of jury selection.

Excusals can only be made for statutory reasons (e.g., medical reasons, full-time college student or military service). These requests for excusal must be accompanied by documented proof (a specific letter from a doctor, proof of residency outside the County, proof of military service).

Summoned Jurors

Please read all information sent to you and fill out the questionnaire and return to the Court. Any medical excuse request must include a note from a doctor indicating your physical inability to serve. Jurors must be 18 years of age, a resident of Wayne County, and must be able to speak, read and understand the English language.

Jury Selection

Jury Selection takes place the first day of the Trial Term in the Main Courtroom of the original Courthouse. All juries for the trial term are selected that day. Jurors are provided with information advising them of the scheduled trial and information is updated daily via taped phone instructions after 4:30 p.m. Any questions regarding jury duty must be directed to our Jury Manager at 570-253-5970 ext 2000. To qualify as a juror you must be 18 years old, a United States citizen, a resident of Wayne County and be able to read, speak and understand English.