As noted, the Voice Response System will provide you with instructions as to when and if you are required to appear for duty. If you are directed to report for duty, you are required to bring a photo I.D. with you, as you will be requested to prove your identity.
You should also allow yourself sufficient time. Free parking is provided in the parking garage next to the Courthouse, in non-reserved parking spaces adjacent to the Courthouse and in on-street parking spaces. You should also be forewarned that if choose to park at a metered parking space, you must deposit sufficient money to avoid getting a ticket, or be prepared to pay for the ticket yourself.
When you arrive at the Courthouse, you should report to the Juror’s Lounge located on the second floor of the Courthouse. Handicapped access is available and is marked for your convenience. You are further advised that the Courthouse has a “no smoking” policy and a “no weapons” policy which are enforced.
Proper attire or dress is required for Court. As a suggestion, you should dress comfortably and in a manner you would present yourself when going to an important job interview. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and sports clothing are never considered appropriate dress.
Upon reporting to the Juror’s Lounge, you will be registered in, and you will be given a badge to wear on the outside of your clothing at chest height. You will be required to wear your badge at all times when you are in the Courthouse.
After you are registered and receive your badge, you will be seated with all other jurors in the lounge, where you will meet some of your elected and appointed County government officials, you will be administered an oath to faithfully perform your duties and a short orientation will be performed.
The Commissioners of Beaver County and the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County have attempted to equip the Juror’s Lounge with comfortable seating, facilities and forms of entertainment to occupy your precious time prior to the time your are randomly selected to go as a jury panel to a Courtroom for the selection of jurors.
Please feel free to bring a book, magazine or other form of entertainment if you desire, keeping in mind that you may be in the Lounge with up to 125 other jurors, and their peace of mind and security are as important as your own. Do not bring equipment or materials that others may find offensive. (Suggestion: Laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted in the Courtrooms; therefore, you may want to leave them at home.)
Finally, should you have a need for anything while you are with us, please feeling free to ask the Court staff, which will be available for your needs during your entire stay in the Courthouse.
Please understand that it is necessary that Court personnel maintain the Jury panel in the Juror’s Lounge until prospective jurors are actually called to a Courtroom for jury selection. The reason this is required is to avoid contact of any nature between prospective jurors and litigants, witnesses and attorneys who will be involved in cases to be heard.
The only time you will be permitted to leave the area of the Juror’s Lounge is during the lunch hour. This usually extends from approximately 12:00 noon to approximately 1:30 p.m. Court personnel will provide you with more exact times on the day of your service. There are vending machines on the first floor of the Courthouse; restaurants are located along the main street (Third Street) of Beaver within walking distance, and some jurors (especially those with special dietary requirements) bring their own lunch with them. However, you should be aware that if you bring your own lunch, no refrigeration is available for juror’s lunches. Coffee, tea and water are provided in the Juror’s Lounge.