Length of Service
Jury service in Durham County operates on the one-day / one-trial system. A new group of jurors are summoned each day of the week and, if selected to serve on a jury, a juror will serve for that day or for the length of a trial. However, if a person is not selected for a trial, their jury service will be complete after that one day. If selected to serve on a trial that is completed before the end of the day, those jurors will return to the jury assembly area and may then be selected for service on another case. If not selected again, those jurors will be allowed to go home at the end of the day, having completed their jury service. Jurors selected for a trial that takes several days will need to be present each day during the trial.
The average length of service on a trial is two days.
Hours of Service
Jurors are expected to be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the length of the trial for which they have been selected.
When and Where to Report
Jurors are instructed to report to the Jury Assembly Room on the 3rd Floor of the Durham County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. on the date indicated on their jury summons.
For answers to additional questions, please contact the Jury Clerk at (919) 560-7123.