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Jury Duty

Overview

Jurors are requested to appear at the court at 8:30 a.m. at the time of trial. Jurors should bring in the summons they received in the mail with them. Any juror selected to sit on a jury panel will be paid $6.00 for each day they remain on a jury panel and will be given a juror verification form for their employer should they need one. Jury trials are held every two weeks at 8:30 a.m. Bench trials are held every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. except for the first Thursday of every month. The first Thursday of every month, bench trials are conducted at 6:00 p.m. Trials in the municipal court usually last from 15 minutes to four hours.

When appearing at the court, you will be required to sign in. Your name will be called in the order of arrival. The clerk will call your name three (3) times. If your name is called and you leave the building, you will need to sign in again.


Statutory Qualifications

To serve as a Juror you must meet certain qualifications. You must:

  1. be at least 18 years of age;
  2. be a resident of this state and of the city in which one is to serve as a juror;
  3. be qualified under the constitution and laws to vote in the city in which one is to serve as a juror;
  4. be of sound mind and good moral character;
  5. be able to read, write and speak English;
  6. not have been convicted of theft or any felony;
  7. not be under indictment or other legal accusation of a misdemeanor theft, felony theft or any other felony charge;
  8. not have served as a petit juror for six days during the preceding three months in a county court or during the preceding six months in a district court.

Statutory Exemptions

You may choose to request to be excused from Jury service if:

  • you are 70 years of age or older;
  • you have legal custody of a child or children younger than 10 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision;
  • you are a student at a public or private high school;
  • you are enrolled in and attend college;
  • you are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representative, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch government;
  • you are the primary caretaker of a person is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.); and
  • you have served as a juror in the county during the 24-month period prior to the date you are required to appear for this summons. You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice.
  • Business reasons are NOT lawful excuses.
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