ATTENTION JURORS: UPDATE FOR MECKLENBURG COUNTY SUMMONED JURORS
Message to Reporting Jurors on Monday, July 6, 2020:
In the interest of the health and safety of jurors and court personnel, the 26th Judicial District remains committed to balancing access to justice with the public health crisis that COVID-19 presents. All common surfaces in the courthouse are being frequently disinfected. Disinfecting wipes, appropriate signage and social distancing markers are being provided, and we are limiting the number of reporting jurors to facilitate social distancing.
Jurors are encouraged to wear protective masks and gloves and to bring a pen for completing the juror questionnaire.
Those summoned for July 6, 2020, should check their reporting status at eresponse.mecknc.gov or call the automated juror information line at 877-649-7133 after 5:30 p.m. on the evening before their scheduled report date to determine if their appearance is still required.
Note: Grand jury selection will take place on July 6, 2020. If chosen to serve on the grand jury, jurors will be required to appear every other Monday for six months.
Jurors previously rescheduled to dates in July (other than July 6) have been excused and should not report.
Mecklenburg County Jury Manager System
In Mecklenburg County, citizens who are summoned for jury service may access the interactive juror website at eresponse.mecknc.gov. This site was designed to manage the most common requests related to jury service and offers many helpful features for jurors, including the ability to:
- Obtain current reporting status or status of a request for deferral or excusal (submitted via website)
- Access jury service history
- Verify/update personal data
- Request a deferral, excusal, or disqualification
- Request a jury service reminder
- Complete Pretrial Questionnaire
- Print jury service notifications
- Print Employer Letter or Jury Service Verification Certificate, after jury service concludes
To log onto the interactive site, you will need your juror ID and zip code to which the summons was mailed. The Jury Management Office hopes the interactive website is user-friendly and is an efficient way to obtain important information about your jury service.
Your feedback regarding the website is welcomed. Please share any suggestions or let us know about your experience on the Jury Service Exit Survey.
Length of Service
Jury service 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 the duration of the trial. However, if a person is not selected for a trial, then their jury service will be over at the end of the day. If sent to a courtroom or selected to sit on a trial, jurors will serve until released by the judge. Jurors released from courtrooms must always report back to the Jury Assembly Room for further instructions. 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 while the trial is in progress. If chosen to serve as a grand juror, service is required every other Monday for a six-month period.
Hours of Service
Jurors should plan to be present at least until 5:00 p.m. for each day that they are in service.
The lunch break is normally held between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 1:55 p.m.
When and Where to Report
Jurors are to appear in Room 5450 of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse by 8:00 a.m. on the date they are summoned. (Please note: Jurors are not allowed into the building until 7:30 a.m.)
After parking, use the crosswalks to cross over to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse entrance at the corner of 4th and McDowell Streets. NOTE: Jurors are not allowed to enter the building until 7:30 a.m. Go through the security checkpoint. Proceed across the atrium to the public elevators and take the elevator to Level 5. Turn right out of the elevator and report to the Jury Assembly Room (5450).
In the event of inclement weather, jurors should tune to their local television or radio station, visit the website at eresponse.mecknc.gov, or call the Jury Information Line at 1-877-649-7133 for reporting instructions and possible court closings.
Please follow the parking instructions carefully. Bring your parking deck ticket for validation by a Jury Coordinator.
Food and Beverages
Lunch will not be provided; however, you may bring your own lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are located in the Jury Assembly Room for your convenience. Drink and snack machines are located in the Jury Assembly Room. Directions to restaurants within walking distance of the courthouse are posted in the Jury Assembly Room.
Generally, lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 1:55 p.m., unless you are otherwise instructed by the Jury Coordinator or Judge. Please listen to their instructions carefully.
In our continuing efforts to make performing jury service in Mecklenburg County even more convenient for citizens, we have added a Lactation Room for nursing mothers. The Lactation Room features a counter and cabinets, a sink with a "hot shot" water dispenser for sanitizing, a changing table, refrigerator, and a rocking chair.
To access the Lactation Room, please see one of the Jury Coordinators.
On-Site Child Care
Children are not allowed in the Jury Assembly Room. Larry King's Clubhouse: Children's Play & Care Center provides free childcare services to jurors and may be contacted at (704) 686-0285.
Please note that Larry King's Clubhouse staff cannot answer questions regarding jury service. Jury information can be obtained by calling the Interactive Voice Response System at (704) 686-0195.
Electronic Devices / Internet Access
Electronic devices, such as cell phones, laptops, and iPads/tablets, are allowed in the courthouse. At the security checkpoint, you will be asked to turn on any electronic devices before being allowed to enter the building. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the courthouse. Personal computers are available for use in the Juror Business Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mecklenburg's Juror Handbook: A Guide for Potential Jurors explains the trial process and the importance of the juror's role in the proceedings.