Allegany County Jury Information

Jurors should report to court ONLY when instructed.  Please review the reporting instructions below, or to hear a recorded message, please call 1-585-449-3460.  To speak with the Jury Commissioner call 1-585-449-3461.                          

These instructions are updated daily at 5:00 PM 

Important Notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding Coronavirus and Flu

In light of public health concerns arising over the coronavirus, please note the following:

If you have been summoned for TRIAL jury duty, beginning on March 16th and continuing until further notice:

* Please do NOT appear at the courthouse.  Your service has been suspended at this time.  

If you are a juror currently serving on grand jury, please see below for your reporting information.

          Thank you for your cooperation.

          Lisa O'Connell, Commissioner  

          (585) 449-3461   

          alleganyjury@nycourts.gov

Trial jury summons is red and white.

Grand jury summons is blue and white.

Town/Village summons is yellow and white

If you require an excuse or postponement, call 585-449-3461 before your summons date. Documentation is required.

 

GRAND JURORS - Term beginning March 4, 2020:

No jurors should report to the courthouse until further notice.  

Return Dates:  ALWAYS call or check this site before reporting. 

If you are sick please call the Jury Commissioner as soon as possible.

If any of the following applies to you, do not report to the courthouse. Instead please call the Jury Commissioner immediately:

(1) You have been directed to self-monitor for the coronavirus by a medical authority or an employer; or

(2) You have been diagnosed with the coronavirus; or

(3) You have serious flu symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)

Please check back after 5pm on the day prior in case of any other changes or cancellations. 

No jurors should report to the courthouse until further notice.  

 

 

Do not bring any weapons including pocket knives.  Cell phone use is prohibited during jury proceedings.  Grand Jurors typically serve mornings only.  Court is RARELY canceled due to weather, however any emergency closing will be noted on this site as well as voicemail and local radio stations. Please read the information below for parking, etc.

Town/Village Jurors:  

(Yellow and white summons)  Please call the number on your summons for reporting instructions or cancellations.  

We never call and ask you for personal information.  NEVER give out personal information over the telephone.

General Information

Absence or Emergency: If illness or emergency prevents you from reporting, please call at 585-449-3461 as soon as possible and leave a message explaining what the situation is.

Accessibility: If you have a disability and need accommodation, call 585-449-3461 or 1-800-662-1220 for relay call.

Court Hours: Court normally operates from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with a lunch hour and breaks throughout the day.  Court sessions rarely continue beyond 4:30 pm.

Electronics: Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the jury assembly rooms and other waiting areas.  They must be turned off during jury selection and trial.  There is public access WIFI in the County courthouse.

Meals: There is a mid-day lunch break everyday.  There is no dining facility in the building however, local restaurants are within walking distance.  

Parking/Transportation: The court does not pay for transportation fares, parking fees or parking violations.  Additional FREE parking is available for jurors at the corner of South St and Tracy Ave across from the OLD Belmont School.  It is a three block walk to the courthouse.  Handicap parking is available in the main lot in front of the building. 

Security: Court Officers are stationed throughout the court.  Members of the public must pass through a magnetometer to enter.  Please arrive early and allow extra time for this process.

Jury Pay:  Please check with your employer as soon as you receive your summons. The information form on your summons determines whether or not you are eligible to receive the jury pay from NYS.  Please click on the handbook links at the bottom of this page for more information.  

To Receive Text Messages about Court Closings

Text:                          Follow  nycourtsnotice

To:                                 40404

You will receive a reply from Twitter.  You do not need a Twitter account to receive these messages.

To stop receiving messages

Text:                          Off nycourtsnotice    

To:                                 40404

Court Locations

Allegany County Courthouse

7 Court Street

Belmont NY 14813

Trial Jurors report to Third Floor

Grand Jurors report to Third Floor

Town/Village Jurors check your summons for instructions and reporting address

Commissioner of Jurors

Lisa O'Connell

Allegany County Courthouse

7 Court Street

 

Belmont NY 14813

Phone: 585-449-3461

Email the Commissioner:

alleganyjury@nycourts.gov

Help

Submit Your Qualification Questionnaire

If you have a Jury Questionnaire for a person who is unable to respond, please return the form with a note explaining what the circumstances are. 
You may email, fax or mail the form.

 

Postpone Your Jury Service  (Trial Jurors only)

Information for Employers

Trial Juror's Handbook

Grand Juror's Handbook