Jury Duty

Jurors for Chapin Municipal Court are randomly selected from a database that contains information from the South Carolina Election Commission and the South Carolina Highway Department.

Juror Disqualification Criteria
An individual fitting any one of the categories below is disqualified from serving as a Municipal Court juror:
  • You are not a US citizen
  • You are not a resident of the Town of Chapin
  • You cannot read, write, speak or understand English
  • You have less than a sixth-grade education
  • You have a mental/physical condition that prevents you from serving
  • You have already served a Chapin Municipal Court Jury within the same calendar year
You must appear unless the judge approves your disqualification prior to your scheduled appearance date.

Juror Exempt Criteria
Any individual fitting any one of the following categories is exempt from serving as a Chapin Municipal Court juror:
  • You are 65-years or older and wish to be excused
  • You are the primary caregiver of a disabled person or person 65 years or older who cannot care for himself/herself
  • You have legal custody and duty of care for a child under the age of 7 years old
  • You served on a Chapin Municipal Court jury during the previous calendar year
You must appear unless the judge approves your exemption prior to your scheduled appearance date.

Terms of Service
Jury trials are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Failure to appear or notify the court may result in your being charged with contempt of court. As a juror, you will be acting as an officer of the court. Jury panels are made of up six jurors and an alternate, and the jury is charged with listening to the facts of a case and determining whether an individual is guilty or not guilty.

Reporting for Jury Duty
Please arrive promptly and please do not bring beverages, food, children, relatives or friends with you on the day you report for jury duty.

Everyone who enters the Municipal Courtroom must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases, and bags are not permitted in the courtroom. Weapons, which include everything from pocket knives to personal protection devices, are strictly prohibited in the Municipal Courtroom.

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices
All cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off, or be in silent mode prior to entering the courtroom. Court security officers have been instructed to confiscate any device making noise in the courtroom.