Jury Duty - Notice to Report FAQs
- 1. What do I do when I receive a Notice to Report?
- 2. What happens when I report for jury servcie?
- 3. What is the dress code?
- 4. What amenities are available for jurors?
- 5. Will I be paid for jury service?
- 6. What happens if I fail to report for jury service?
1. What do I do when I receive a Notice to Report?
- Follow the instructions on the Notice to Report. Remember to call the jury voicemail message, as noted on your Notice to Report, before you report for jury service;
- Report to the Jury Assembly Room at the courthouse on time. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking and the courthouse;
- Bring a photo I.D.;
- Bring your parking ticket for validation;
- Be prepared to report your mileage.
2. What happens when I report for jury service?
When you report for jury service, you will check in, attend a brief orientation, and shortly thereafter, proceed to the courtroom for jury selection.
During jury selection, the judge will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are appropriate to serve on that particular jury. If you are not selected to be on the jury, you will be permitted to leave after the selection process is finished; however, you will remain on call for the rest of your two month service period. If you are chosen to be a juror, you will then receive instructions for how to report for jury service for that trial - trial hours are set by the Judge. On most occasions, the trial will begin as soon as the jury has been selected.
3. What is the dress code?
Please dress appropriately for court. Shorts, hats, halter or tank tops and jeans with tears are not acceptable courtroom attire. The courtrooms can be quite cool, so dress accordingly.
4. What amenities are available for jurors?
The U.S. District Court strives to make your time in the Jury Assembly Room as comfortable as possible. Coffee, water, juice and cookies, as well as magazines and daily newspapers are provided. Phones, a refrigerator and microwave are also available for your use. Reading materials, cell phones and laptops are allowed in the Jury Assembly Room. Food and beverages are not allowed in the courtroom. Computers, reading materials, and cell phones may not be used once you are in the courtroom.
5. Will I be paid for my jury service?
All jurors receive $40.00 per day, and 56.5 cents per mile traveled to and from the courthouse. If you live 60 miles or more from the courthouse, you may choose to stay overnight during your jury service and/or the night before selection. If you choose to stay overnight during your jury service you are paid a subsistence fee to cover your lodging, meals and incidental expenses. If you stay at a hotel you are required to submit a receipt before you are paid any subsistence fees. Please see the jury information you received in the mail or contact your Jury Clerk for the most current subsistence fees.
6. What happens if I fail to report for jury service?
We try our very best to work with all prospective jurors so that they can timely report to jury service. In order for this to happen, we ask that you keep the Jury Clerk informed of any changes in your availability.