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Jury Service

Jury Clerk:  Irene Boswell     Phone No. 503.831.5966    Email: Irene.Boswell@ojd.state.or.us

  

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INSTRUCTIONS TO JURORS

If you have been summoned to serve as a juror for the Polk County Circuit Court of the State of Oregon a juror number has been assigned to you. You will find this number on the summons you received in the mail.

Service as a juror is a duty and responsibility of every citizen as well as a great privilege, honor, and right of citizenship.  We recognize that jury duty sometimes results in inconvenience and hardship to many jurors and we appreciate your willingness to devote your time to this necessary task and to make necessary sacrifices.  Juror orientation is a time to learn how jury service works in Polk County.

Please complete the questionnaire and return it to the Court within five days.  The questionnaires will assist attorneys in Court and will save valuable time.


EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY SERVICE:  You are exempt from jury service if (1) You are not a citizen of the United States; (2) You have served as a juror for the Federal, District, or Circuit Court of the State of Oregon in the past 24 months, or (3) You are NOT a resident of Polk County. If you qualify for one of these exemptions, please inform the court WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS OF RECEIPT OF SUMMONS.  You will not be expected to appear for jury service. Please contact the Jury Coordinator at (503) 623-3154, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 p.m.  TTY number is (503) 623-0700.

EXCUSES: If a juror, who is 70 years of age or older, feels for any reason he/she may not be capable of serving, then he/she may request to be excused.  This request will be granted.  A woman who is breast-feeding may be excused from acting as a juror. A request for an excuse under this section must be made in writing to the court.  Also, any person who: (1) is the sole care giver for a child or other dependent, (2) is unable to afford daycare, or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent, and (3) personally attends to the dependent, may be excused from jury service.  If, for any other reason, a juror feels they are unable to serve as a juror, please inform the Court WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS OF RECEIPT OF SUMMONS. The court will deal directly with the juror concerning excuses.

REQUESTS FROM EMPLOYERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. If you have to be away during the term on a previously planned vacation, have a doctor or dental appointment or an important event scheduled, you can be excused from jury duty on specific dates.  You can send these dates on a separate sheet of paper along with your questionnaire, or you can give them to the Jury Clerk when you report for orientation.

PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT WITH QUESTIONS.  ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED DURING ORIENTATION. Thank you!

LENGTH OF JURY SERVICE: 
A day of jury service is any day in which a juror is summoned and actually appears WHETHER OR NOT that juror is chosen to serve on a case. Jurors will be on call for the two month term, but once they report, their service is completed by serving one day or one trial, with the exceptions of; orientation, grand jury, and the need for current jurors under extra ordinary circumstances, such as unforseen increase in the number of jury trials during their term of service. 

NOTE:  Employers are prohibited by law from discharging or threatening to discharge an employee who is called for jury service.