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If summoned for jury service, you will serve as an officer of the court along with the judges and lawyers. Your service as a juror is important and it is your duty to do this honestly and conscientiously. Jury service and the right to a jury trial in a criminal proceeding is a fundamental duty and right of all United States Citizens.
Qualifications of Juror
- Between 18 – 75 years of age
- Citizen of the United States
- Resident of the jurisdiction of the court you are summoned to serve
- Never been convicted of a felony, unless your civil rights have been restored
- Not currently found to be incompetent or mentally insane by a court of law
Eligibility Process of Qualified Jurors
- Random selection from Motor Vehicle Dept. and Voter Registration.
- Questionnaire mailed 4-6 weeks prior to service.
- Complete Questionnaire and return within 10 days of receipt.
- Summons To Appear if questionnaire is not returned.
Reporting/Selection of Jurors
- Jurors need to report to the assigned court facility with their summons.
- If selected, you will sit on the jury until the end of trial.
- Some of the municipal courts and justice of the peace courts use a "pooling" system. This means you are on call by the court for a period of time (4 to 8 weeks, or long depending on courts needs). You may be called by the court several days in advance to appear on a specific date, or you may be required to call the court. You may also be required to appear several times during your period of service depending on the needs of the Court
- If selected, you will be paid round trip mileage from your residence to the court you are serving and $12 per day of attendance.
- If not selected, you will be paid round trip mileage from your residence to the court you are serving.
- Jurors are advised to dress in layers when reporting for jury duty.
- Shorts and tank tops are not considered proper attire.
Failure to Appear
A juror who is summoned and who willfully and without reasonable excuse fails to appear for jury service may be found by the court to be in contempt and is subject to penalties provided by law. If you failed to appear on the dates summoned, write to the court you were assigned.
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