|Serving on a Jury|
Notice! Court employees will never ask you to disclose confidential personal information such as social security number or credit card number over the telephone.
How are people called for jury service?
The courts use computers to randomly select prospective jurors from a jury pool source list. The source list is composed of names of citizens who are licensed to drive and registered to vote in Iowa. The list is maintained by the state and annually updated.
If your name is selected as a prospective juror, the court will send you a questionnaire, which is to be completed and returned to the court. Among other things, the questionnaire asks if you meet the state's minimum qualifications for jury service -- a U.S. citizen; at least eighteen years old; able to understand English in written, spoken, or manually signed mode; and able to receive and evaluate information such that the person is able to render satisfactorily juror service
Does jury service take much
In 1998, the Iowa Judicial Branch streamlined the process for calling jurors. The new jury management system allows courts to reduce the length of juror service, making it more convenient for citizens. Courts using this procedure are able to release jurors who report for service if the person is not selected for a specific panel after one entire day. Those who are selected are only required to serve on one trial. Please check with the local jury manager about your specific term of service.
May I be excused from
· the person is solely responsible for the daily care of a person with a permanent disability living in the person's home and that performance of jury service would cause substantial risk of injury to the health of the disabled person; or
· the person is breast feeding her child and is not employed outside the home.
Also, the court has discretion to excuse someone from jury service upon a finding of hardship, inconvenience, or public necessity.
If you want to be excused from jury service, you should file a written request with the clerk of court as soon as possible after you receive the summons to serve.
Jury service is an important responsibility. A person who makes a false claim for the purpose of getting excused or helping someone else get excused may be found in contempt of court and could be punished by the court.
What's the difference
between a petit jury and a grand jury?
The grand jury shall meet at times specified by order of a district court judge, at the request of the county attorney or at the request of the majority of the grand jurors. The county attorney is responsible for presenting evidence to the grand jury. Grand jury proceedings are closed to the public.
A petit jury acts as the fact finder when a party in a civil case or a defendant in a criminal case has requested a jury. In criminal trials, 12 jurors sit on the jury; in civil trials, 8 jurors comprise the jury. If a jury has not been requested, the judge acts as the fact finder.
Are jurors paid?
What if jury service
interferes with my job?