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Juror FAQ

You don't need to bring anything with you but please know your juror number. You are welcome to bring a book, magazine, laptop computer, etc. Wireless internet is available in the jury assembly room. A few courtesy computers are also available for internet use.​​
A pocketknife or any other sharp instrument. An airport-type security metal and image scanner station is located at the entrance to the Justice Building. Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be searched. It is a Class C felony for any person to intentionally possess a weapon in a court facility (ORS 166.370). The Deschutes County Sheriff enforces this prohibition against weapons.
You may park in the County parking lot on the corner of Wall Street and Lafayette Avenue or on the 3rd or 4th level of the Centennial Parking Plaza at 61 NW Oregon Avenue (entrance is from Lava Road).  If you require ADA accessible parking, please contact the jury coordinator for locations of accessible parking.  Parking Map​
Yes, everyone attends jury orientation on the first day of their term, either in the morning or the afternoon.
Anyone with a disability who needs accommodation to participate in jury service should advise the jury coordinator of the disability and the type of accommodation needed at least four days prior to the term.  Assistive Listening System (ALS) devices are available in the jury assembly room, all courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms.
Juror per diem is established by the legislature at $10.00 per day for the first three days and $25.00 per day for each day thereafter.  Round trip mileage reimbursement is $0.20/mile for the vehicle mileage traveled between your home and the courthouse.  Additional information regarding jury pay will be provided when you report for jury duty.
Oregon law (ORS 10.090) provides that it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discharge, intimidate, or coerce an employee due to their service as a juror.  An employee who believes their employer has violated the law may file a civil suit or file a complaint with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

​Let the Jury Coordinator know if your employer requires verification of your jury service. Each day you report, we will have a verification form available for you.

Requests for days off during your term of jury service may be arranged IN ADVANCE by making the request on the Juror Response Form that you received with your summons. When you are instructed to report, we are relying on you being available for the full length of a trial or grand jury. In the event you become ill and can't appear, it is mandatory that you call the jury coordinator during weekday business hours.
Requests for deferral with good cause may be made by making the request on the Juror Response Form that you received with your summons.  You will receive a postcard or email message notifying you of the Court's decision.  The new term must be within one year from the date you are summoned to appear.  Please let the Court know which months would be more convenient.
If you are age 70 or older or are a woman breast-feeding a child and you ask to be excused, the Court must excuse you from service. Please make the request on the Juror Response Form that you received with your summons, and you will be excused from jury service. The Circuit Court may also excuse you if:
  • (a) jury service causes you, your family, or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or,
  • (b) you are the sole caregiver for a child or other dependent, personally attend to the dependent during the Court's normal hours, and are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent.

 

The Court will weigh the basis for your excuse against its need for jurors. You must show good cause to the Court why you should be excused under these standards.  The Court may deny a request for excuse under (a) or (b) above and require you to serve or defer your jury duty to a later date.

If you need to ask to be excused because your employer will not pay you for lost time and this causes you a financial hardship, please have your employer contact the jury coordinator by email, fax or mail explaining company policy. In addition, you must provide a written explanation to be excused.  Email or mail the Juror Response Form that you received with your summons.

If you no longer live in Deschutes County, are not a citizen of the United States, or are under the age of 18, you do not qualify to serve as a juror. Contact the jury coordinator by email or hard copy in writing, and you will be excused from jury service. You will receive a postcard or email message notifying you of the Court's decision.

No, please do not mail a hard copy if you have already e-mailed information to the court.
 

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