What is the difference between a trial (petit) jury and a grand jury?
Trial (petit) juries are selected for both criminal and civil cases. A criminal trial jury contains 12 jurors, who are responsible for determining guilt or innocence of a defendant accused of a crime. A civil trial jury contains 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.

A Grand Jury consists of 23 jurors, who are called together to do 2 things: receive and hear evidence to determine whether probably cause exists to charge someone with a crime; and conduct certain investigations.

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1. What is the inclement weather policy?
2. How was I chosen for jury duty?
3. How long is my jury term?
4. Will jury service place my job or pay in jeopardy?
5. What happens if I don’t report to jury duty or I fail to respond to the court’s questionnaire?
6. What happens when I call the recording for final reporting instructions?
7. What is the dress code for jury duty?
8. Where do I park for jury duty?
9. Where do I report for jury duty?
10. Can I bring my cell phone/electronic device into the courthouse?
11. What can I bring?
12. What NOT to bring?
13. Can I be excused for a work or financial hardship?
14. What if I need to postpone/reschedule my date for jury duty?
15. What if I need to be excused for medical reasons?
16. What if I am not a United States citizen?
17. What if I am no longer a resident of Harford County?
18. What if I am active duty military, etc.?
19. What if I am a full time student?
20. What if I have charges pending?
21. What if I have been convicted of a crime?
22. What if I received a summons, but I recently served jury duty?
23. What if I am a nursing mother?
24. What is the difference between a trial (petit) jury and a grand jury?
25. What if I still have unanswered questions?