PARKING BEHIND THE COURTHOUSE AND PARKING AT THE ANNEX BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COURTHOUSE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A PLACARD AND ARE PARKED IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS. PLEASE MOVE YOUR VEHICLE PRIOR TO CHECK-IN IF YOU ARE ILLEGALLY PARKED. WHEN YOU ARRIVE, PLEASE WALK THROUGH THE TUNNEL TO THE REAR COURTHOUSE ENTRANCE. THE SIDE ENTRANCE DOORS DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 9 AM DAILY.
A fine of $25 or more will be imposed for parking in those areas mentioned above. Free parking for jurors is located at the Water Street Parkade which is behind the Bernard Brominski Building. Please contact jury board room personnel if you need directions to this building.
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Please check this space or call our juror hotline at 1-866-738-8605 for up-to-date information about your juror service.
Please note that all members of the public, including jurors, must enter through the public entrance located in the parking lot behind the courthouse. Do not enter through the side entrances as these entrances do not open until 9 AM.
Where can I park?
Please see our parking page for information on parking. You will also find an interactive map that will provide directions and other information about parking.
Where do I report for jury duty once I arrive at the Courthouse?
Please enter through the rear entrance of the courthouse, which is accessible from the underpass connecting the courthouse to Water Street. Once you arrive, please report to the Jury Assembly Area. The Jury Assembly Area is located on the second floor of the Courthouse. Simply take a right when coming off the elevator and you will see the entrance on your right. You must have your summons and a form of identification. Once checked in, jurors will be required to fill out a questionnaire and a Judge will conduct an orientation.
What kind of a lunch break do I get? What options do I have available for lunch?
Most jurors will be dismissed for a lunch break around approximately 11:30 AM. Jurors will receive at least an hour for lunch. Tina's Cafe is located in the basement of the courthouse. Tina's offers a selective menu of sandwiches and soups, in addition to daily specials. Also, we have several restaurants within in walking distance. King's College has four dining halls open to the public. Two pizzerias are also located adjacent to the college. Antonio's Pizzeria is approximately .3 miles north of the courthouse on River St. Two deli's, Pierce St. Deli and Goldstein's Deli, are on Pierce St. in Kingston.
How is a jury selected?
The trial court judge requests a panel of prospective jurors from the larger group of potential jurors to begin the selection process in his/her courtroom. The jurors answer questions for the purpose of determining their ability to be fair and impartial. Usually a panel of 14 jurors is selected for a particular trial. The remaining jurors, who were not selected, return to the "Jury Pool" where their names may be selected for another trial.
What will my length of service be?
If you are selected as a trial juror, your service will generally be the length of that trial, which may usually take between 1 and 5 days, or in some cases longer to complete. If you are not selected as a trial juror, your length of service can also vary between 1 and 5 days.
How will I be compensated for my service?
Pennsylvania law provides the fee payment of $9.00 per day and $.17 per mile for the first three days of your service. After the third day of service, you will receive $25 per day in addition to your mileage. This rate is determined by the Pennsylvania State Legislature and is not determined by the court. On the Friday following the conclusion of your service, a check with your payment and a work slip for your employer will be mailed to your residence.
What if my service needs to be postponed?
Any request for postponement should be described on line 7 of the questionnaire that was mailed to you. If your request for postponement is approved, you will receive a follow-up letter from the Jury Board Personnel.
What if I need to be excused from my jury duty service?
Anyone over the age of 70 or anyone who has served on jury duty in Luzerne County within the last three years will be eligible for excusal. There are other circumstances that would allow a juror to be excused from service. If you have a valid reason for excusal from service, you may contact our Jury Board Room staff. You may contact the Jury Board Room staff via email or via phone. If you wish to send an email, please click here. For security purposes, you must complete a CAPTCHA code to reveal the email address. You may also reach the Jury Board Room by phone at (570) 825-1696.
What if there is an emergency during my service?
If there is an emergency that would prevent you from appearing on your scheduled date, please call our Jury Board Room at (570) 825-1696 so that we may accomodate you. Please do not email the jury board room in this circumstance as your email may not be returned immediately.
What if my question wasn't answered here?
If your question wasn't answered here, please contact our Jury Board Room. You may contact the Jury Board Room via email by clicking here. For security purposes, you must complete a CAPTCHA code to reveal the email address. You may also reach the Jury Board Room by phone at (570) 825-1696.