US District Court • Southern District of New York

Jury Duty FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are a few frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about Jury Duty in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

This information pertains to jury duty in the United States District Court (Federal Court). If another Court summoned you, please contact that Court for information.The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York summons jurors from the following counties:  New York, Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan.

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Is jury duty mandatory? What if I receive a Juror Qualification Questionnaire? How often must I serve jury duty? How long will I serve? Why must I call the evening before I appear for jury duty? Can I get a postponement or permanent excuse? Why must I serve in New York City? May I transfer my jury service to either the White Plains or the Manhattan courthouse? Will I be paid for my jury service? What if I drive my car to jury duty? How can I get travel directions to the courthouse? Is there a dress code? May I bring my cell phone, blackberry, PDA, laptop or other electronic device to the courthouse? How can I get proof of my jury service? Would the Jury Department or any other Court personnel ever call and request personal identifying information such as a social security number or any other sensitive information? Emergency Weather Closings: To learn more about jury duty: Finally a word of thanks...