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Jury Service

What If I Don't Drive Or Have A Car?

You are responsible for providing your own transportation to the courthouse. If you cannot drive yourself, you should arrange to take a bus or have someone drive you. The Court will reimburse your bus fare to and from the courthouse.

What If I Have Obligations I Cannot Cancel During My 90-Day On Call Period?

Printed on the reverse side of the Jury Qualification Questionnaire form, at the bottom of the page, are months of the calendar encompassing your 90 day-on-call period. Please circle the dates you are unable to report for jury service. The Court will enter these dates into your Participant Record and will not call you in during those times.

Why Must I Serve In Buffalo Or Rochester?

You have been randomly selected for jury service for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Federal Court) and we have jurisdiction in 17 counties as described on the Home page.

Can I Transfer My Jury Service To My Own County?

No. There is no transfer of jury service. Each Court (town, county, state and federal) have their own jury system. You must comply with the Court that summoned you.

How Can I Get Travel Directions To The Courthouse?

Select the link for travel directions to the Buffalo or Rochester courthouses that can be found on the Welcome to Jury Service page.

What Should I Bring With Me When I Report For Jury Service And Is There A Dress Code?

Be sure to bring photo ID and your jury summons with you when you report for jury service. Since there can be extended periods of time when you will not be needed in the courtroom, you may want to bring a book or magazine.

While no formal dress code exists, jurors are requested to dress in a manner respectful to the Court. Shorts, T-shirts, and thong sandals are not considered appropriate attire. Please bring a sweater or jacket since the courtrooms are often quite cool.

How Can I Get Proof Of My Jury Service?

Certificates of service will be provided for any day you report for jury service.  Please let the Jury Attendant know you require a Certificate of Service when you report for jury service.

You may also print your own Certificate of Service by logging into your eJuror Participant Record. 

What If I Am Late Or Unable To Attend The Day Of Jury Service Due To Illness Or Emergency, Who Do I Call?

It is extremely important that you be prompt both in the morning and when returning from lunch. It is particularly important when you are selected to serve on a trial since the entire proceeding can be delayed because of the tardiness of one juror, and you could be held in contempt. If you are delayed due to circumstances beyond your control, call the appropriate jury office to inform the court of your situation.

To reach the jury office in Buffalo, dial 716-551-1721. If your call is not answered, please leave a voice mail message.

How Long Will Jury Selection Take?

Typically, jury selection depends on the type of trial that you are being selected for. You can plan on being at the courthouse for the morning and possibly the afternoon.

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