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How are jurors selected to serve for jury duty?
Every year, the Jury Service Center receives a list from Harrisburg of over 200,000 potential jurors from Westmoreland County. Those names are drawn from multiple sources including, voter registration, driver’s license, tax records and welfare records. Westmoreland County receives the potential juror names electronically from the State. Each month, the Jury Service Center along with the President Judge randomly draws the names of jurors who will be summoned for jury service for a particular month. Juror summonses are then mailed out to potential jurors.

If an individual is not a resident of Westmoreland County and receives a jury summons, the individual's name must still be linked to Westmoreland County as a resident via one of the sources used by the State to develop the list of potential jurors for Westmoreland County. The individual may need to make any necessary changes or corrections with any of the above offices (voter registration, driver’s license, and tax or welfare records) to indicate that he or she is no longer a Westmoreland County resident.

Jury Duty

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1. How are jurors selected to serve for jury duty?
2. Why should I serve?
3. What are my duties as a juror?
4. How often can I be summoned for jury duty?
5. How long does jury service last?
6. What should I wear to jury duty?
7. Where should I park?
8. What can I bring with me to Jury Duty?
9. What facilities are available to jurors?
10. May someone accompany me to jury duty?
11. May I send someone else in my place for jury duty?
12. What if I do not appear for jury duty?
13. Will I be compensated for jury duty?
14. Must my employer pay me while I'm on jury duty?
15. Can my employer fire me for performing jury duty?
16. Is there an age limit for serving as a juror?
17. What if I have a medical condition that prohibits me from serving as a juror?
18. I am in the military. Am I excused?
19. I am a college student. Do I have to miss class?
20. What if I have a family vacation or business trip scheduled the same time as my summons date?
21. May I be excused due to my moral or religious beliefs?