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Juror FAQs

People sitting in a juror box.
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Jury Staff 503.988.3170
ECC Recording Only: 503.988.5879
Fax:  503.988.5761

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 Multnomah County Central Courthouse

1021 SW 4th Ave, Room 130
Portland, Oregon 97204
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 East County Courthouse
18480 SE Stark Street
Portland, Oregon 97233
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​The first thing you should do upon receiving a Juror summons is to look at the date of service.

Next, you must contact the court and let the court know if you plan to:

  • Show up for jury duty on the date you were summoned, or
  • You want to request a deferral (postponement), or
  • You want to request an excusal.

You can contact the court by mailing in the self-addressed, postage paid postcard you received with your jury summons. You may also call the Jury Coordinator or fax or mail a letter

If you forget to do any of these, but do plan on coming to serve on the date summoned, please show up on the given day, and the court’s staff will check you in.

​If you are unable to report on your service date, you may request that your service be delayed to start no later than one year from your original service date. The court may allow deferrals (postponements) for good cause.

If you request a deferral to a specific date certain for your jury service, the service date must be to a date for which there is a need for jurors in the courthouse to which you have been summoned. If you were summoned to the East County Courthouse or the Multnomah County Courthouse, you will be assigned a new date for service as close as possible to the date you have requested.

Requests for a first deferral may be made by phone, fax or letter and must be received by the court no later than one week before your service date.

To request a second deferral of your jury service you must show good cause for the second postponement, and you must provide a list of not less than 10 dates on which you would be able to serve your jury duty.

​If you are 70 years or older, and ask to be excused, the court must excuse you from jury service. If you want to serve as a juror, you may serve.

If you are a woman breast feeding a child, and ask to be excused, the court must excuse you from jury service. If you want to be excused for this reason, you must make the request in writing. If you want to serve as a juror you may serve.

The court may excuse you from jury service if:

  1. jury service causes you, your family, or your employer undue hardship or extreme inconvenience; or
  2. you are the sole care giver for a child or other dependent, you attend personally to the dependent during the court’s normal hours of operation, and you are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent. If you request to be excused under these standards, the court will weigh carefully your individual circumstances against the public’s need for jurors.

Requests to be excused may be made by phone, fax, and letter.  Your request must be received by the court no later than one week before your service date.

​Downtown Courthouse Parking: No parking is provided. If you drive, parking is your responsibility. We encourage you to take public transportation. Parking downtown is expensive and scarce.

East County Courthouse Parking Facilities: If you drive, parking is your responsibility. We encourage you to take public transportation. There is a parking lot at the East County Courthouse, but the court does not guarantee there will be an available parking spot.

Jurors with Disabilities General Information

  • The court will provide ADA accommodation upon request of jurors with disabilities. If you have a disability, please tell the jury coordinator what accommodations you need, so we can remove any barriers to your effective service as a juror. See our Accessibility page for ADA Coordinator information.
  • For parking with a disabled parking permit see Disabled Parking Permits.
  • Any person who has a hearing disability and needs an accommodation in order to participate in jury service may notify the circuit court of the disability and the need for sign interpreters or assistive hearing devices, by checking the boxes on your response card. You can also see section 3 on the juror information sheet. You may also contact the court by telephone, TDD, fax or letter regarding assistance.
  • It is common for people who do not usually consider themselves as having a hearing disability to have trouble hearing everyone clearly in some of the courtrooms. If this happens to you, please tell the judge or clerk. Every courtroom is equipped with assistive listening devices.

Jurors with Disabilities Specific Information about Facilities

  • Multnomah County Courthouse Access Issues: The Fourth Avenue entrance to the Multnomah County Courthouse has several steps. Jurors with mobility impairments may use the entrance on Fifth Avenue, which has power-assisted doors and a ramp to the first floor.
  • East County Courthouse Access Issues: The East County Courthouse was opened by Multnomah County in April, 2012. Multnomah County designed and constructed this facility be compliant with state and federal law on accessibility. Jurors with mobility impairments should find this courthouse fully accessible.

Individuals with Disabilities that Prevent Effective Service as a Juror

In rare instances, individuals with severe disabilities may receive a juror summons. If the disability is so severe as to render the juror unable to ever serve effectively as a juror, the court does provide a process for such individuals to be permanently excused from jury service. To process a permanent excusal request, our jury coordinator’s office must receive a letter from a health care provider who is familiar with the disability or medical condition prior to the date on the summons. The letter must convey that the condition will entirely prevent the individual from ever being able to serve effectively as a juror. Such letters can be provided to our jury coordinator’s office using the contact information above.

​Security at the courthouse is provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office through its Facility Security Unit. There are also Enforcement and Corrections Sheriff Deputies staffing the courthouse for security and protection.

Security equipment in use in the courthouse includes magnetometers (walk-through metal detectors), x-ray scanners, and hand held metal detectors. If you have a pacemaker, tell the security officer about it before you enter the metal detector. The sheriff’s staff does physical pat-downs on persons with pacemakers. The security screening process creates long lines of people waiting to enter the courthouse during peak hours. The courthouse is open at 7:00AM and the Jury room opens at 7:30AM, the closer to 8:00 AM you arrive for jury service, the longer the line will be to enter the building.

The following documents are provided as an insert by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office along with your Jury Duty summons:

Downtown Courthouse Security
East County Courthouse Security

​You can contact the Jury Coordinator for service at either the Downtown or East County Courthouses at:

By Mail or in person 
Multnomah County Courthouse
Jury Coordinator
1021 SW 4th Suite 130
Portland, OR 97204

By Phone
503.988.3170

By Fax
503.988.5761

For information on the accommodation for disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please see the Accessibility page.

  • Compensation for Jury Service is set by the Oregon Legislature. You may also find more information in the OSB Handbook for Jurors provided by the Oregon State bar in multiple languages.

Currently, the Juror daily fee rate is the following:

  • Days 1 and 2, $10 per day;
  • Day 3, and beyond, $25 per day.

Juror travel expense for each day of service will be compensated in one of three ways:

  • (1) take TriMet, and be reimbursed $5.00 for your fare; or
  • (2) $.20 per mile round trip.
  • (3) Drive to a TriMet Park and Ride, you may be reimbursed for your mileage in driving to the Park and Ride, and the expense of the TriMet tickets.

The payment is sent by mail, and can take three weeks to reach you. Jurors must turn in a completed juror compensation form on the first day in order to be compensated for their service.

​Schedule

At the downtown courthouse the jury room opens at 7:30am, you must be checked in prior to 8:00am.

The East County Courthouse opens at 8:00am, you must be checked in prior to 8:15 am.

There will be an orientation on your first day. Trials may start at different times throughout the day. Most trials go from 9:00 to 5:00 with short rest breaks and a lunch break. The schedule for a trial, including breaks, will be set by the judge. The schedule for breaks in the jury assembly room will be announced by the staff. You probably won’t have time to move your car, so if you drive, park where you can leave your car all day.

​If you forgot to mail in your juror response postcard, you do not need to call the court. You can just appear on your service date.

​Documents​

Most importantly you will need to bring the Compensation form from the Jury Summons we sent to you in the mail. We use this form to determine how to pay you and to complete your service. Do not worry if you forget it, we will have you fill one out upon your arrival the day of service.

Food

The court does not pay for lunch. You may bring your lunch or a snack with you. At the Multnomah County Courthouse there is a refrigerator, microwave ovens and vending machines in the jury assembly room. There is no cafeteria in the courthouse. There is a small snack shop on the first floor with a variety of foods and beverages.

At the East County Courthouse there are refrigerators and microwave ovens. There is no cafeteria at the East County Courthouse.

What to wear

Please dress comfortably (suits and ties or dresses are not required), but also have respect for the important role you have as a juror. As a juror you are the judge of the facts. Jurors often spend many hours together in close quarters. Jurors should be respectful of their fellow jurors by reporting for service without strong perfume or cologne.

What to bring

You may bring work or reading material, or a personal electronic device you can listen to with headphones. You may also bring lunch or a snack.

Cell phones and computers

You may bring your cell phone and laptop computer to the courthouse. They have to be placed on the X-ray scanner when you go through security. The jury assembly room has WiFi available. When you go into a courtroom, make sure your cell phone is turned off (not just silent or vibrate). Some judges may not allow cell phones in the courtroom at all.  Most judges do not allow jurors to use computers in the courtroom. Your cell phones, pagers, or other telecommunication devices will be collected by the clerk and kept out of the jury room while you deliberate. They will be returned to you at the end of the day

 
 

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