Philadelphia, PA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Am I able to if I am compelled to report to Jury Duty during the Covid-19 epidemic and get infected?

Hello, I have Jury Duty on May 11th in the city of Philadelphia. PA extended their lock down till the 8th.

I am seriously frightened of getting the virus.

If I have to go and I get the virus, can I sue the city of Philadelphia for putting me in that position?

2 Lawyer Answers
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Probably. But wait and see: at least one other surrounding county has extended their judicial shutdown through the end of May, and Philadelphia may do the same in the coming weeks. I bet it will.

Best of luck to you, and wash your hands.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Philadelphia cancelled most trials. You should call them now. Don't get an answer or return call? Write them a letter.

https://www.courts.phila.gov/pdf/notices/2020/ntb-Trial-Division-Postponement-of-Civil-Major-Jury-Trials.pdf

https://www.philadelphiabar.org/WebObjects/PBA.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/CMSResources/NoticetotheBar-TrialDivision-PostponementofCivilTrialsDateCertainScheduledforMondayJune12020.pdf

https://www.courts.phila.gov/juryservice/

So from the above looks like no trials until after June, but ......be sure by contacting the Jury center

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