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The purpose of a jury is to consider the facts and circumstances which are presented in a case and to apply this information to the law. The jury's job is to determine the truth to the best of its ability on the basis of the evidence presented in a case.


Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Ann Marie Hill

Office Clerical Assistant
Robbin E. Hlad

Phone: 315-376-5317
Fax: 315-671-6094

General Information

Reporting Instructions |Telephone Stand-By | Emergency Failure to Appear | Excuses | Postponements | Hearing Impaired Jurors | Disabled Jurors

"The Constitutions of the United States and the State of New York guarantee to us the right to trial by jury when certain legal interests or liberties are at stake. These laws also provide that a collective body of "eligible" citizens shall perform as jurors, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or economic status. It is a role you should assume with pride.

While I recognize jury service is a burden, interrupting your personal and business lives, it is also a unique privilege we enjoy as citizens. Jury service is thus not only your responsibility but also your opportunity to participate in the American justice system, to learn firsthand how it works, and to help us make it work better."

Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Chief Judge

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Reporting Instructions

Everyone entering the Courthouse is required to pass through the Court magnetometer.

Cell phones, pagers, computers, cameras, food and beverages are not permitted in the Courtroom.

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Telephone Stand-By

All jurors are required to contact the Commissioner of Jurors' Office by phone (315-376-5348) after 4:30 p.m. on the evening before you are due to report. Final reporting instructions (time and place) will be available by phone at that time. For example, if you are scheduled to report on a Monday, you may call any time after 4:30 p.m. the preceding Friday. A pre-recorded message will give you instructions.

Please Listen to the Complete Recorded Message

Although the message begins at 4:30 p.m., you may call any time up to 8:30 a.m. the next business day. A failure to call will subject you to the same sanctions as if you had not reported for jury service.

If your presence is not required on a given day, you are expected to continue to report to your work or to school, etc., as is your normal routine. New York State only reimburses (if entitled) for days in actual attendance. A record of attendance kept by the Court reflects actual attendance.

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Emergency Failure to Appear

If you cannot report for jury duty at any time during your term due to an emergency, such as illness, please contact the Commissioner of Jurors at 315-376-5317.

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Care Giver
Children: Their ages and an explanation as to why childcare is not an option for you, and if you are employed, provide documentation verifying your work hours.

Elderly/Infirm: A statement from the physician describing patient's diagnosis and verification of care-giver's services.

An original signed statement from a licensed physician that indicates a condition which renders you incapable of performing jury service, and how long it is expected to exist.

An excuse from jury service may be granted if you can prove that if you serve, you will suffer a financial hardship which will significantly compromise your ability to support yourself or your dependents. An excuse from service will not be granted solely for loss of income. You will be asked to provide further documentation to prove hardship.

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If you have not requested a postponement in the past, and you are unable to serve, you must contact the Commissioner's Office 315-376-5317 at least five (5) days in advance of your scheduled jury service and explain your problem. You will receive information concerning documentation that will be required to support your postponement request. All jurors are entitled to one postponement up to six months from your first reporting date.

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Hearing Impaired Jurors
The Commissioner will be able to provide an American Sign Language Interpreter or a listening device can be provided. Please contact the Commissioner's Office upon receipt of your Jury Notice at 315-376-5317, or contact Relay Calls at 1-800-662-1220.

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Disabled Jurors
If you are disabled and require special accommodations, please contact the Commissioner's Office at 315-376-5317 upon receipt of your Jury Notice.