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Juror FAQ

​Court rules require anyone in court to dress and act with respect. This includes court staff, attorneys, parties to a case, jurors, witnesses and the public. The Court can remove people from the courtroom who do not dress or act with respect. You don't need to bring anything with you, but please know your juror number.

You are welcome to bring a book, magazine, laptop computer, etc. Wireless internet is available in the jury assembly room.

​Items such as knives, chemical sprays, knitting needles, recording devices and cameras are not allowed inside the courthouse. Cell phones are permitted.

​On the day of jury service you may use the free parking permit received with your summons to park on the roof level of the Marion Parkade, located near the intersection of Marion and High streets in downtown Salem. Or, you may use your free bus pass received with your summons on any Cherriots bus, for transportation to and from the Courthouse. For details about routes and park and ride lots, visit the Cherriots website.

​The court will provide ADA accommodation​ and assistive devices upon request of jurors with disabilities. Please notify the jury coordinator of special needs. Hearing impaired callers may use the Oregon Relay Service phone number 711.

​Yes. Each juror will be paid $10 per day and 20¢ per mile for round-trip mileage from their home. Jurors are entitled to $25 per day for the third and subsequent days of service.

​The day before you are required to report, please call 503.588.5371 after 5:00 p.m. and listen to the recorded message. The trial you have been summoned for may have been settled or dismissed, and you may not be required to report.

​Oregon law provides that your employer may not discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce you by reason of your service as a juror. Please report any such problems to the court, which has jurisdiction to prevent or restrain any such violations. However, your employer's policies or agreements with you regarding payment of wages during times of jury service are not affected by the Oregon law.

​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.

​If you are unable to report on the day stated on your summons, you may ask that service be deferred. You may only defer jury duty for up to one year. This request should be made within ten days of when you receive your summons.

​If you are age 70 or older or are a woman breast-feeding a child and you ask to be excused, the Court must excuse you from service. Please make the request on the Juror Response Form that you received with your summons, and you will be excused from jury service. The Circuit Court may also excuse you if:

  1. jury service causes you, your family, or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or,
  2. you are the sole caregiver for a child or other dependent, personally attend to the dependent during the Court's normal hours, and are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent.

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 no longer live in Marion 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.

​Usually, lunch is from noon until 1:00 p.m. Occasionally, a judge may change the schedule for purposes of the trial. You may bring lunch, water bottles and coffee with you if you would like. Lunch is not provided.

​The Court has the power to order that you appear in Court and explain why you were unable to report for jury service. Citizens who don't appear for jury service may be punished for contempt.

​Jury Office
Phone: 503.588.5371
100 High St. NE
(Take elevator to 5th floor)
Salem, Oregon 97301
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

 

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