Casual or comfortable dress is acceptable. Jurors are not allowed to wear hats, smoke, drink beverages, chew gum or use other tobacco products in the courtroom. Books, newspapers, etc. may be brought to the court house but must be left in the jury assembly room. Laptop computers, cell phones and pagers are not allowed in the court rooms.
Normal hours for our trials are 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The 1st day of service you will normally be brought in between 8 - 8:30 a.m. to receive the orientation program. There is usually a 1 - 1.5 hour break for lunch. There is a small refrigerator in the jury assembly room for your use. Jurors brought in to begin a trial will be required to stay until the jury panel is selected and the judge releases you.
Even though you are summoned for 1 month as needed, we set our jury trials for the first 2 or 3 weeks of the month. During that time period you are asked to call in each day after 6 p.m. to the jury voice mail (the call in number is provided to you on your summons). The recorded message will either identify jurors that need to report or tell you when to call back. If something comes up after the 2 or 3 week period, Court Administration will contact jurors for availability.
Pay & Child Care Reimbursement
Jurors are paid a small per diem plus round trip mileage from their home. Your employer is not legally obligated to pay your wages when serving on jury duty. They are legally obligated, however to allow you time off work when you are required to serve.
Jurors not employed outside the home may be reimbursed for child care expenses as a result of jury service. Jurors who are employed outside the home are not entitled to childcare reimbursement, unless the expense, as a result of jury service, is greater than normal. Only the additional cost will be reimbursed. Reimbursement claim forms can be picked up at Court Administration or will be supplied the 1st day you come in.
To be qualified to serve as a juror in the State of Minnesota, a prospective juror must be:
- A citizen of the United States
- A person who has had their civil rights restored if they have been convicted of a felony
- A person who has not served as a state of federal grand or petit juror in the past 2 years within the State of Minnesota
- A resident of the county
- Able to communicate in the English language
- At least 18 years old
- Be physically and mentally capable of rendering satisfactory jury service
Jurors may be permanently excused for the following reasons only:
- A juror may request a 1 time postponement for up to 1 year. This request must be in writing
- A person age 70 or over who requests to be excused
- A person who medically cannot serve with a doctor's statement verifying a permanent illness
If you fail to report for jury duty under Minnesota Law you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense. A misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and / or 90 days in jail.