Frequently Asked Questions
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What do I need to reveal before I am selected as a juror for a case?
Do not wait until you are selected on a trial to reveal that you are:
-a full time student
-an ill person with medical problems
-have plane tickets scheduled within a week''s time -have a recent criminal record
-do not speak enough English to understand what is being said in court
-you are a full-time mother with no means of child support after the first day of service
Do I cash the check and give my employer the base payment for each day I serve as a juror or do I have to give the entire check?
Your employer is not entitled to the travel expenses incurred during your term of service.
Can I postpone my jury duty or get excused via e-mail?
We do not accept postponements or excusals via email. Please contact the Jury Office at (800) 587-6775 for further information.
Do I get a separate check for my jury service and travel expenses?
There will only be one check, covering your travel expenses and jury service fees, and it will be mailed directly to you.
What do I do if I get picked as a juror for a trial?
Write down the instructions that the Judge gives you. Make note of the Judge's name, courtroom and time you are to report and name of the case. There will be a sign-in sheet on the table in the jury office each day that you are to report for the trial. Please sign-in - EVERYDAY - -so that you will be given credit and paid for reporting that day.
What do I do after the first day of jury service?
After you have reported for jury service, you will be given detailed instructions as to what you should do. Federal Jury Duty is two-week telephone standby. Please do not come to the court unless you have been chosen for a case or the automated telephone instructions instruct you to do so.
What number number do I call if I have an emergency and cannot report for jury duty?
After you have reported for jury service, you will be given detailed instructions as to what you should do in case of an emergency.
Do we have to come here on the weekend for jury service?
Court is not in session for jury selections on the weekend.
How long will I be here today for jury selections?
Depending on when all jury selections have been completed, in most cases, you will be released before 5:00pm.
How long will it take to get my jury service check?
Your check should be mailed to you in less than 8 weeks.