Carroll County Circuit Court

JURY SERVICE

YOUR RIGHT, YOUR COURT, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

The keystone of the justice system in the United States is the right to a trial by jury. The United States Constitution and Maryland’s Declaration of Rights guarantee this right. The right to a jury trial has a long history. It was part of the civil liberties granted by King John of England on June 15, 1215, and it was recorded in the document known as the Magna Carta. Trial by one’s peers was designed to prevent too much power being in the hands of the king. Jury service is one of the most important civic obligations that citizens have. It is an important aspect of the rights, privileges and freedoms we all enjoy as citizens of this nation.

We, in the court system, will make every effort to make your jury service a positive and pleasant experience. After jury service, many jurors have commented that they were glad they were selected, they learned a lot about the court system, and they have more confidence and pride in our court system. Also, at the end of your jury service, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you did your part to bring justice among your fellow citizens.

We look forward to seeing you.



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