Maryland Jury Selection

Jury selection is the procedure whereby persons from the community are called to court, questioned by the litigants as to their qualifications to serve as a juror and then either selected to or rejected to serve as a juror.  The jury pool for a Maryland county includes the names of all of the adults on a statewide voter registration list, holders of driver’s licenses and holders of identification cards.[i]

In a civil case, a party may challenge a jury on the ground that the jury was not summoned or otherwise selected in compliance with the rules.  If a trial judge finds a substantial failure to comply with rules in selecting a trial jury, the trial judge shall stay the case pending selection of a trial jury.[ii] Whenever a person appears for jury service, a jury commissioner or jury judge may require the person to complete, sign, and acknowledge a juror qualification form in the presence of the jury commissioner.[iii]


[i] Md. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS Code Ann. § 8-206

[ii] Md. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS Code Ann. § 8-408

[iii] Md. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS Code Ann. § 8-305


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