Jury Commissioner

Office of the Jury Commissioner
Catherine Valdivia, Jury Commissioner
Harford County Circuit Court
20 W. Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Telephone: 410-638-3251 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Recording Line/Reporting Instructions: 410-838-3172
Fax: 410-638-4184

Jury service is one of the most important civic obligations that citizens have. If you have received a Summons and Juror Qualification Form, you may use our online system to fill out your juror form and confirm the date you are to report for jury service. Please complete the juror qualification form online or submit the original by email, fax or mail within 10 days of receipt.

If you are requesting a postponement/excusal, please be sure to complete your juror qualification form and submit your request in writing along with any required documentation. Requests of any kind will not be considered unless you have completed & returned your juror qualification form. 
Reschedule Date of Service
You may reschedule your jury service date online (ONE TIME ONLY). After successfully submitting your form online, you will have the option to "Request Schedule Change" on the lower left hand corner of the home page (after log-in screen).
After completing your form online, you may be required to send the Jury Commissioner's Office verification for an excusal or postponement. The Document Code Legend provided on the bottom of portion of your summons details this requirement.

Requests for excusals or postponements that require verification must be submitted in writing by email, fax or mail BEFORE your scheduled report date.  
Please save the lower portion of the form, which is perforated. You will use the right hand corner as your parking permit. You will need to bring your juror badge with you when reporting for jury duty.

Grand Jurors
A grand jury consists of 23 jurors who are called together to receive and hear evidence to determine whether probable cause exists to charge someone with a crime. and to determine if there is enough evidence to issue an indictment. Harford County Grand Jurors serve for a four month term; however, the grand jury convenes generally two days per month (reporting every other Tuesday).

Trial Jurors
Trial (petit) jurors are selected for both criminal and civil cases. A criminal trial consists of 12 jurors who are responsible with determining guilt or innocence of a defendant accused of a crime. A civil jury consists of 6 jurors who listen to a case generally involving a dispute between 2 or more parties. Both criminal and civil jury trials have 1 or more alternate jurors, who are selected to replace a juror that has been excused or dismissed during the course of the trial. Harford County Trial Jurors are summoned for one day/one trial. The average length of a trial in Harford County is 2 to 3 days; however, some trials may last longer. We ask that you plan to be available all day, which could be until 5:00 p.m. or later. which depends on how many cases are on the docket and whether or not the Court proceeds with the jury trial. The Circuit Court schedules jury trials Monday through Thursday, but on some occasions trials may be set on a Friday.

To avoid unnecessary appearances, please call the recorded telephone message at 410-838-3172 after 5:00 p.m. on the evening before your report date for final reporting instructions or (if available) check the Juror Reporting Instructions online. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE MESSAGE.


We don't ask for your Social Security Number:

​​No Judiciary employee or Law Enforcement agent acting on behalf of the Jury Commissioner will ever ask you for your Social Security Number. No one from the Jury Commissioner's  Office will call (or email) you and ask for your Social Security Number or financial information (such as bank information or a credit card number).

We don't call about failing to appear for jury duty and ask for money, etc.:

​The Jury Commissioner's Office (or Law Enforcement agent acting on behalf of the Jury Commissioner/Court) will not call you to inform you that you failed to appear for jury duty and request money (or credit card information or pre-paid debit cards, etc.) as a payment for a fine or bond.

Protect yourself: Do NOT give the requested information. Instead, call the Jury Commissioner's Office at 410-638-3251 and your local law enforcement agency (Harford County Sheriff's Office) at 410-838-6600 immediately.

Never give personal information when answering an unsolicited phone call or email message.