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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. Grand jurors will be randomly selected from the monthly jury pool. Those that are selected will be contacted by phone and informed when and where to report.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.
If you have been served with a jury summons:
Juror Qualifications: You are eligible to act as a grand juror or as a juror in a criminal/civil trial unless you:
Please respond to your summons online or call 503.325.8555 and select option 8 (during business hours).
Generally jury trials in Clatsop County begin on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Check in with the court by accessing our web site or by calling (503) 325.8555 every Friday after 3:00 p.m. for information regarding the upcoming week. Because trials can change at the last minute, if you are called to serve on Tuesday or Wednesday, check again the evening before your scheduled appearance to ensure that you have the most current information.
When you check the website or call in, you will receive instructions as to when and where to report. If you have questions, please contact the Jury Coordinator.
Please read these important notes about court etiquette before you serve as a juror.
Duration of Service
The length of your jury duty term is one month. If you are a juror on a trial that will last longer than the end of your term, you must continue service for the duration of that trial.
Scheduling Days Off
With advance notice and depending on the circumstances, you may be excused from certain days that you are not able to serve. Any requests to be excused the day prior to or the day of trial must be submitted in writing to email@example.com and will be forwarded to a Judge for approval.
You cannot be excused once you have been sworn in as a juror on a trial.
In an emergency, call the Jury Coordinator right away.
In accordance with this act, persons needing a special accommodation should contact the Jury Coordinator no later than ten days prior to the date of service. The court is ADA accessible.
Requests to be excused:
Jury duty is an important responsibility, however, not everyone is able to serve. You may ask to be excused if:
Prospective jurors may be allowed to have jury duty deferred one time, to start no later than one year from the date of the original jury duty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are in a high risk category as defined by the CDC, you may have your jury service deferred to another month within one year.
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