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Jury Duty

Welcome Clatsop County Jurors!

Special note about jury duty during the COVID-19 pandemic: If you have been served with a jury summons but are in one of the categories identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as being at high risk for serious illness due to COVID-19, your service may be deferred.  Please email or call us.

We are taking steps to protect those that come into the courthouse. We carefully observe social distancing, require the use of masks, and keep the number of people in the courthouse to a minimum.

Thank you for serving as a juror at the Clatsop County Circuit Court!

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:

  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. Call the court or check the website every Friday after 3:00 p.m. to see if you've been called for a jury trial
  4. Do not appear for jury duty unless instructed to do so by referencing the Jury Schedule or by calling 503.325.8555 and choosing the option for Jury

Juror Qualifications: You are eligible to act as a grand juror or as a juror in a criminal/civil trial unless you:

  • Are not a citizen of the United States
  • Do not live in Clatsop County
  • Are less than 18 years of age
  • Served on a jury in the past 24 months
  • Have had your rights withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281
  • Have been convicted of a felony or served a felony sentence in the past 15 years*
  • Have been convicted of a misdemeanor or served a misdemeanor sentence involving violence or dishonesty in the past 5 years*
           * Past convictions do not disqualify you from serving on a civil jury trial.

​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 jury.info@ojd.state.or.us 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.



Procedures

  1. Respond to the court as instructed on your summons
  2. If you are randomly selected to serve as a Grand Juror, you will be contacted by phone and given instructions to attend Grand Jury Orientation., which is generally held on the first Tuesday of your term and may last one to two hours
  3. Jurors not selected for Grand Jury will serve in the regular (Petit) jury pool for that month and will follow the standard How to Report for Jury Duty instructions described above

Scheduling Days Off

If selected for Grand Jury any requests to be excused for a day must be made through the District Attorney’s office.
In an emergency, call the District Attorney's office at 503.325.8581.


Duration of Service

The length of Grand Jury duty will be one month and the 7 primary jurors will generally be asked to attend twice a week. Several alternate jurors are also selected and will be asked to fill in if a primary juror is unable to​ attend. Once the Grand Jury is selected and sworn in, the District Attorney facilitates Grand Jury sessions and will be able to answer any questions.
 

​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:

  • You are 70 years of age or older
  • You are a breastfeeding mother
  • You are the sole caregiver of a dependent and are unable to make arrangements for the care of the dependent
  • ​You can demonstrate that jury service would create an undue hardship or extreme inconvenience
If you would like to ask to be excused, you must contact the jury coordinator​. You may be required to submit your request in writing.

Requests to be deferred:

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.

If you would like to ask that your jury duty be deferred, you must contact the jury coo​rdinator​. You may be required to submit your request in writing.

Requests to have your jury duty excused or deferred must be received by the court no later than one week prior to the date your service is scheduled to begin.

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