Harnett County Jury Service

Find information about jury service in this county.

Length of Service

If you are seated for a trial, jurors must serve until the trial ends, which may be two days to several weeks. Most jurors, however, only serve for one to five days.

Hours of Service

Jurors are expected to be available from 8:00 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 call the jury line at (910) 814-4606 the night before their date of service. Jurors will be informed as to whether they need to report at all or report at a specific time. All jurors are to report to the Jury Assembly Room on the 2nd floor of the Harnett County Courthouse.

Request for Jury Service Excuse or Deferral

If applying for excusal or deferral for the following reasons, supporting documentation MUST be provided for your request to be considered:

  • If applying because you are not a resident of Harnett County, you must submit proof of residency such as a copy of your drivers’ license or utility bill.
  • If applying because you are not a resident of the United States of America, you must submit proof such as a copy of your green card or Visa.
  • If applying due to a disability, you must submit proof or your disability such as a doctor’s note.
  • If applying because you have served as a juror within the last two years, please list the date of service on your application.
  • If applying because you are currently a full-time student, you must submit a copy of your current class schedule.
  • If applying because you are a member of the armed forces on assignment, please provide a copy of your orders.
  • If applying because you are a convicted felon and your citizenship rights have not been restored, please provide proof from the Clerk of Superior Court’s office or your Probation Officer.

Additional Information

Jurors should bring a book, needlework, crossword puzzles, or other materials to occupy their time. While efforts will be made by the court to reduce delays in trial starts and to avoid long waiting periods, some waiting time should be anticipated while jurors are chosen to sit on a jury.

Dress comfortably, but not too casually. Jurors should dress for court as if going to work or to church. Many judges do not allow anyone to come to court wearing halter or tank tops, cut-off jeans, shorts, or shirts with offensive wording. Jurors will be acting as part of the court while serving, so dress appropriately. Wear layered clothing since courtroom temperatures may vary considerably, requiring the removal or addition of a sweater or jacket.

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