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Jury Duty

Welcome Clatsop County Jurors!

Trial by jury (also known as petit or regular jury duty) is a cornerstone of our democracy. The Oregon and United States Constitutions protect our right to jury trial. Jury duty is one of the most important rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. All persons chosen for jury duty are selected at random from combined lists of registered voters and DMV records.

Grand Jury is a special kind of jury that hears evidence in criminal cases and votes on whether there is enough evidence to issue an indictment charging a person with a serious crime. Information specific to Grand Jury can be found at the bottom of this page.

Under Oregon law, a person is required to respond to a circuit court summons for jury duty. If you fail to comply the court may order you to appear before a judge and show cause why you should not be held in contempt of court.

Most general questions about jury duty (such as eligibility, compensation and employer conduct) can be answered by referencing the Oregon State Bar’s Juror Handbook.
Below is information specific to Clatsop County.


  1. Respond to the court as instructed on your summons
  2. Complete Orientation: Petit jury orientation is provided as a video on the internet and you are encouraged to view this video prior to reporting for service
  3. Appear at court as instructed (see How to Report below)

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