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Jury Trials

 

Every party to a case to be tried in the magistrate court is entitled to a jury trial.  Unless a jury trial is requested, however, cases are heard and decided by a neutral and detached magistrate.  Trials before a magistrate, without a jury, are called bench trials.  Both the State and the defendant have the right to request a jury trial at any time prior to the commencement of the bench trial in a criminal matter.  Both the Plaintiff and the Defendant have the right to request a jury trial, but in civil cases, the request must be made at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled bench trial.   Requests for jury trials may be made orally, but it is preferred that they be made in writing so that there will be a record of the request.

 

Jury trials are usually conducted in the Spartanburg Magistrate Court on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every other week.  Cases are scheduled for trial at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on each day.  Approximately 15 cases are scheduled for each time slot.  We only have four courtrooms in which jury trials can take place, but since many cases are settled at the last minute, we intentionally "overbook." for better efficiency.  If your case is ready for trial and a courtroom is not available, your case will be rescheduled and this fact will be considered next time if too many cases need to be heard.  Jurors are qualified during each jury term on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Spartanburg Magistrate Court, located on the ground floor of the Spartanburg County Courthouse.  Juror selection also takes place in Courtroom 1 at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Although there are some exceptions, most cases are scheduled for jury trial in the order in which we receive the request.  If you want to request a jury trial or if you have a scheduling problem, please contact the Jury Trial Coordinator at (864) 596-2730.