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Important Notice about new Identity Theft Scam

Since summer 2005, courts around the country have reported a new identity theft scam. Caller who say they are from a local or federal court threaten people with arrest for missing jury duty unless they provide specific personal and financial information. Please click this link to learn more about protecting yourself. Our court does not call jurors who have missed jury duty and does not call jurors to ask for personal information over the phone.

 

Juror Information

Please click on the link below to see if your juror number has been selected for jury service. Your juror number is located on the front page of your jury summons.  You can also call 682-4299 after 5:00 p.m. on the evening before your summons date and listen to the jury clerk's recorded message to see if your juror number has been selected for jury service.

- Date and List of Juror Numbers

If your juror number is selected for service, you must report on that day at 8:30 a.m. Report to the Jury Assembly Room on the basement level of the Lane County Courthouse, 125 E. 8 th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

If your number is not selected you are excused from jury service and do not need to report for jury service unless you are serving on a continuing jury trial from a previous day, or if you are serving on grand jury.

The information contained on these pages is taken from the materials that jurors receive in the mail from Lane County Circuit Court when they are summonsed to appear for jury duty.

 

What is One Trial Jury Service?

Lane County Circuit Court uses a One Trial jury system.  If you are selected to serve on a trial as a sworn juror, your term of service will be the length of that trial.  If you are not selected to serve on a trial by the end of your first day at the courthouse, and the judge has not ordered you to return for another day of jury selection, you have completed your jury service. If you are selected for grand jury, your term of service is for four weeks.

 

Where and when do I report for jury service?

If your juror number is selected for service, you must report at 8:30 a.m. on the date on your summons.  Please report to the Jury Assembly Room on the basement level of the Lane County Courthouse, 125 East 8 th, Eugene, OR 97401.  There is more information about parking and other issues on the juror information sheet you received in the mail. Please read it carefully.

 

What is a deferral from jury service, and how is it different from being excused?

If you are unable to report for jury service on your service date, you may request a deferral. A deferral means that your jury service can be changed to another date that is more convenient for you during the next year.  To request a deferral,  fill in section 3 of the juror response form and send it in as soon as possible.  You will receive a deferral confirmation in the mail.  Please read section 8 of your juror information sheet for more information.

You can also request to be excused from jury service.  To be excused means that you don't have to serve at all for the rest of the calendar year. While deferral requests are handled by the Jury Coordinator, excuses are handled by a judge, and are not granted as often as deferrals. Please read sections 9 and 10 on your juror information sheet for more information.

The deadline for requesting to defer jury service or to be excused is two weeks before your service begins.

 

Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror?

Prohibited Acts by Employers:  Oregon law provides that an employer shall not discharge or threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce an employee by reason of the employee’s service as a juror.  As of January 1, 2012, the law also provides protections related to leave and continuing insurance coverage.

See this link http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/docs/jurorinfo/Juror_Employment_Protections.pdf or contact your jury coordinator for more information, or see ORS 10.090 as amended by Or Laws 2011 ch 118 and ch 377.

 

Does the court have any accommodations for those with disabilities serving on jury service?

Anyone with a disability who needs accommodation to participate in jury service may advise the court of the disability and type of accommodation by telephone, fax, or letter one week before service. Please refer to our webpage on the Court's Access and Accommodation Policies and Procedures for further information.

Our contact information is:

Lane County Circuit Court, 125 East 8 th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.
Phone Number: (541) 682-4299
FAX: (541) 682-4621

 

How long is jury service?

The length of jury service is for the duration of one trial. Call the jury clerk's recorded message ((541) 682-4299) the night before your service to see if your juror number has been selected for service. If your number is selected, you must come in for jury service the next day.  If your number is not selected, you are excused from jury service for this summons.

 

Where do I report for jury service?

Jurors report to the Jury Assembly Room on the basement level of the Lane County Courthouse, 125 East 8 th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401. Jurors report at 8:30 a.m.

 

What is "grand jury"?

The grand jury is a body of persons sworn to inquire into alleged criminal acts. Every four weeks a small number of jurors may be chosen as grand jurors.  The term of service for grand jurors is four weeks.   The District Attorney's Office coordinates the grand jury.

 

Do I have to attend jury service if I receive a summons in the mail?

Yes. Each eligible person has an obligation to serve as a juror.  The right to a jury trial has meaning only if you and others serve as jurors.  If you do not respond to the summons, and you don't appear for jury service, the court may order you to appear and show cause why you should not be held in contempt.  If the court orders you to show cause, you risk arrest if you do not appear.  If you are charged with contempt, you risk criminal sanctions.  Please support the right to a trial by jury and respond to your summons.

 

What kinds of accommodations do you make for people who are handicapped?

Anyone with a disability who needs accommodation to participate in jury service may advise the Circuit Court of the disability and type of accommodation by telephone, fax, or letter one week before service. Here is the Circuit Court's contact information:

Lane County Circuit Court
125 East 8 th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Telephone (541) 682-4299
FAX (541) 682-4621

 

What kind of parking is available for jurors?

Jury parking is in the PARCADE lot operated by the City of Eugene. The PARCADE is located between Willamette and Olive Street. You can enter this parking lot from 7 th Avenue or 8 th Avenue. Take a ticket when entering the lot, and the jury clerk will pass out validation tickets to give the attendant when you leave the lot. If you park at some other location, your parking will not be reimbursed.

 

What about public transportation for jurors?

An LTD bus pass is included on the front page of your jury summons. Show the summons to the driver for a free ride on your service date.

 

What kind of security does the courthouse use?

An airport-type security station is located at the entrance to the courthouse. It is a Class C felony for any person to intentionally possess a weapon in a court facility (ORS 166.370).  Uniform Trial Court Rule 6.180 further prohibits the possession of a knife, device or harmful substance capable of inflicting death or physical injury.  No lockers or other areas are available to secure personal items not permitted in the courthouse. The Lane County Sheriff enforces this prohibition against weapons.

 

Can I change my jury service to another date?

If you are unable to report for jury service on your service date, you may request a deferral. The new date must be no later than one year from your original summons date.  To request a deferral, indicate a preferred month in Section 3 of the juror response form. If your request is granted, you will receive a deferral confirmation in the mail.

 

How can I get out of jury service?

In order to be excused from jury service, you must meet either the mandatory standards or the discretionary standards to be excused.

If you are age 70 or older on the date of jury service, or if you are a woman breast-feeding a child, and you request to be excused, the court must excuse you from service. This is the mandatory standard to be excused. Check the appropriate box in Section 3 of the juror response form, sign, and return the form to the Jury Coordinator.  Here is the Circuit Court's contact information:

Lane County Circuit Court
125 East 8 th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Telephone (541) 682-4299
FAX (541) 682-4621

The Circuit Court may excuse you from jury service if: (a) jury service causes you, your family or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or, (b) you are the sole care giver for a child or other dependent and you personally attend to the dependent during the court's normal hours and you are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent. You must show good cause to the court why you should be excused under these standards. Requests for excuse from service under these standards must be made by filling out the Request for Excuse From Jury Duty form on the back of the letter from the Judge, and mailing or faxing it back immediately. Requests by phone to be excused by these standards are not accepted.  The court may deny a request for excuse under (a) or (b) above and require you to serve.  You will receive a written response to your request to be excused from service.