What happens when I arrive at the Calhoun County Justice Complex?
People entering the courthouse must pass through metal detectors and may be searched. Purses, briefcases, or other containers may also be searched. Weapons are prohibited in the courthouse facility. Follow the link for detailed information about court security
Report to the Jury Assembly Room (4th floor, Room #452). You must present your Juror Badge every day when reporting. It is located on the top portion of your questionnaire. The badge is important since it indicates to people in the courthouse you are a juror and they should not expose you to any information about the cases on which you may serve.
After everyone is checked in, you will receive orientation from the jury clerk which includes a short video describing the jury selection and trial process.
There is an old saying that "those also serve who sit and wait." This is especially true for jury service. There are many cases set for trial on the day you're called for jury duty. While you are waiting in the assembly room, the judges, lawyers, and litigants are attempting to settle those cases without the expense and delay of a jury trial. Often the mere presence of jurors encourages an agreement that avoids a prolonged trial.
During this wating time, however, we must prevent any interaction which could prejudice the pending trials. To protect the integrity of the system and to prevent mistrials, you must stay in the assembly room unless excused by the jury clerk (you may not sit in or wander in the hallway). Do not talk to anyone other than court staff or other jurors, as it may be an attorney, witnesses or litigants who are present in the courthouse for a trial.
We will try to make your waiting as comfortable as possible. Coffee, water and reading material are provided. If you have a medical necessity that requires you to eat or drink at certain times during the day, please notify the jury clerk. Food/beverages are not allowed in the courtrooms proper.
An approximate one hour lunch break will be provided. Lunch will be at your own expense unless you are told otherwise.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS WITH YOU.