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COVID-19 and Jury Duty at the Jackson County Circuit Court


The health and safety of jurors is of utmost importance to the Judges and staff at the Jackson County Circuit Court.  We recognize that we must make it safe to serve as a juror to protect individual jurors and to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

If you are in a high-risk group for COVID-19 as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or work in a medical environment that places you in contact with COVID-19 positive people, please contact the Jury Coordinator to defer and reschedule your jury service.

Potential jurors who are feeling sick, or who are in higher risk categories of severe illness should contact the court to reschedule their jury service.

Jurors must wear a face mask while attending jury duty. Disposable masks will be provided if you do not have one that you can bring.

Potential jurors who are in higher risk categories of severe illness include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
      • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

 

If you are in any of these higher risk groups, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, please contact the court at JAC.Jury@ojd.state.or.us or at the number provided in your jury summons to reschedule your jury service. The email provided is the best way to contact the jury office at this time.

We have taken great measures to ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet. Trials are being limited. Cleaning crews are working throughout the day to ensure the cleanest environment possible. 

Jury Trials

During trial, only the judge, court staff, jurors, litigants, counsel and witnesses during their testimony are allowed in the courtroom. Public viewing of the trial is done by remote video feed for parties to view offsite.

At the start of trial, seated jurors are given a travel-sized, hand-sanitizer for their personal use during thrial which they keep at the end of trial. Juror's may bring their own personal water bottle into court or may request bottled water from court staff. 

Jury deliberation is held in the Jury Assembly Room, allowing jurors to remain seated six feet apart in the same chair they occupied during orientation.

If you have any concerns or comments during or after your service at the courthouse, please contact Tina Qualls, Trial Court Administrator, at Tina.Qualls@ojd.state.or.us or 541-776-7171 ext. 6130. 


 



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