So, you’ve been called for jurY duty…

Receiving a court summons can be nerve-wracking, especially in these uncertain times. Rest assured that the Elkhart County Courts are taking many precautions to keep staff and visitors safe. Below, you will find frequently asked questions and an informational video about what you will experience as a juror at the Goshen Courthouse.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE IN PLACE?

We assure you that every reasonable precaution will be taken to protect the health and safety of prospective jurors, the jury, the parties , the attorneys and the court staff during jury selection and the jury trial to follow. Masks and social distancing will be enforced at all times throughout the courthouse. Everyone who enters the courthouse will have their temperature taken, and no one with an elevated temperature will be permitted into the secure area. Each courtroom and the common areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and during all recesses. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the courthouse.

What do i do when I arrive at the courthouse?

Please follow the red markings along the sidewalk to help with social distancing. Once you reach the top of the steps and enter the courthouse, your temperature will be taken with a non-invasive, no-contact thermometer. You will also be asked to provide your COVID-19 questionnaire before proceeding through the security screening. Once you have entered the secure area, a member of the Court staff will direct you to the proper room. Please have your summons available, as it contains your juror number.

What if I’m showing symptoms of COVID-19?

In the event that you answer one of the questions on the COVID-19 questionnaire in a manner that you have an increased risk for spreading coronavirus and you should be excused, you should immediately advise the court bailiff by contacting the respective court.

ELKHART CIRCUIT COURT: 574-535-6425
ELKHART SUPERIOR COURT 3: 574-535-6437
ELKHART SUPERIOR COURT 4: 574-535-6463

What if I can’t find childcare because of COVID-19?

If you have any questions regarding jury duty, please call the Bailiff prior to your trial date during business hours. 

ELKHART CIRCUIT COURT: 574-535-6425
ELKHART SUPERIOR COURT 3: 574-535-6437
ELKHART SUPERIOR COURT 4: 574-535-6463

DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME?

Yes. Please bring your completed COVID-19 questionnaire, as well as your jury summons. You’ll also need to bring your lunch or make other arrangements. Please do not bring your cell phone or other electronic devices into the courthouse. 

Do i need to wear a mask?

Yes. A face mask will be required to enter the building and should be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, unless a Judge tells you that it may be removed. We would ask that you wear your own face covering. If you do not have your own mask, one will be provided for you.