Jurors perform a valuable role in the justice system. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the cooperation of the judge and jury. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case, while the jury decides the facts. Jurors must be men and women who possess sound judgment, honesty and a complete sense of fairness. Those summoned for jury service must live in the jurisdiction of the court. Jury service is a duty of citizenship.
A person is qualified to serve as a juror if that person:
- Has not been convicted of a felony
- Has not served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in a district court
- Is a citizen of this state and of the city
- Is at least 18 years of age
- Is not under indictment of a legal accusation of misdemeanor, felony theft or any other felony
- Is of sound mind and good moral character
A person may claim exemption from jury service if that person:
- Has legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age, and serving on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision
- Is an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives or any other department, commission, board, office or agency in the legislative branch of state government
- Is a person enrolled and in attendance at an institution of higher education
- Is a primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid and is unable to care for him/herself
- Is a student of a public or private secondary school
- Is over 70 years of age
For more information about juries, please view the Municipal Court Rules of Conduct and Court Decorum (PDF).