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Jury FAQ

​You must be a citizen of the UNITED STATES, a resident of Lincoln County, and eighteen years of age or older.  If you are not, please return your response postcard indicating which qualifications you do not meet.  If you have been summoned as a juror and served in any State or Federal Court within the last two years, you will be excused.  Again, please return the response postcard indicating which court you served in and the date of service.  If you have had your privileges withdrawn and not restored under ORS 137.281 (convicted or served a sentence for a felony within the last 15 years  or for a misdemeanor involving violence or dishonesty within 5 years) you are only eligible to serve on civil jury trials.

​Your term of service as a juror is for one month.  You will be asked to serve no more than 10 days during the month, or only one trial if that trial exceeds 10 days.  Those selected for Grand Jury will serve one day per week for two months.  Call the jury message phone at 541.265.4254 or 800.899.7273 or check the court’s website after 5:30 PM on the day before your jury term is set to start to determine when you have to report.

​If you are 70 years of age or older, you my request to be excused on the basis of age by returning your response postcard.  You will not receive confirmation that your request has been allowed.

​If you are unable to serve as a juror because of a medical condition, you must submit a letter from your physician.  All requests to be excused from jury service must be submitted no later than five days after you receive your summons.  You will not receive confirmation that your request has been allowed. 

​If you are unable to serve on the month you have been summoned to appear, you may request to be deferred to another month.  Please indicate on your response postcard the month that you would be able to serve, and return the postcard immediately.  You may defer your jury service for up to one year.  You may only defer your jury service once.  You will not receive confirmation that your request has been allowed.

​Unless otherwise provided by the terms of an employment contract, jurors are paid $10.00 per day for the first two days of service, and $25.00 for each day thereafter.  Jurors receive $0.20 per mile for roundtrip mileage from your residence to the courthouse. 

You may waive your daily juror fee, mileage reimbursement fee, or both.  Waived funds go to the Oregon Judicial Department’s “Juror Access and Experience Improvement” account.

​Jury service is the civic duty of each citizen.  Failure to respond to the jury summons may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and your having to show cause why you should not be held in contempt.

​Parking may be available in the south lot behind the courthouse.  The main entrance to the courthouse is located on the south side of the building.  You will be required to go through security, and any knives, leatherman tools, etc. will not be allowed in the building.  Please report to the third floor of the courthouse.

​The court will provide ADA accommodation and assistive devices upon request of jurors with disabilities.  Please notify the jury coordinator of your need immediately upon receipt of your jury summons.

​Oregon law provides that an employer shall not discharge or threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce an employee by reason of the employee’s service or scheduled service as a juror on a grand jury, trial jury or jury of inquest.  ORS 10.090.

​Jurors should dress accordingly.  Shorts, tank tops or hats are not permitted in the courtroom.

 

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