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If you experience any technical issues while using the online response system, please email your response to the Jury Coordinator at: email@example.com. Make sure to include your term of service, juror number and juror name.
Your service number is located at the top of the summons sent to you in the mail. It is located underneath the barcode.
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.
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.
Grand Jury's principal function is to hear evidence to determine if there is probable cause that one or more persons committed an offense, and thus should be charged. Grand Jury term is 4 weeks, and jurors attend either 2 or 3 days per week during their 4-week term. Grand Jurors report to the Jury Assembly Room at the Deschutes County Courthouse at 8:15 am on the first day of their term, to attend Grand Jury orientation. Two groups of 7 jurors will be randomly selected from Grand Jury attendees. Group A will serve on Tuesday and Thursday, and Group B will serve Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The jurors not selected for either of these groups are excused for the remainder of the term.
Your status will change to "Checked In" once you physically report for Jury Duty. Until then, your status will remain as "Not Checked In".
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