Jury Duty Information

 

 

For county-specific information (including the status of jury trials, where to report, etc.), please click on the appropriate link below.

 

 

 


General Information

 

The following is general information about jury duty in all four counties in the 8th Judicial District. For more information about your rights and duties as a juror, please click on this link: http://www.ksbar.org/?juror_rights

 

JURY INFORMATION

 

The jury questionnaire form must be filled out by you and returned in the self-addressed, stamped envelope provided to you within seven (7) days of your receipt. The questionnaire is for the purpose of assisting the judge and attorneys in the jury selection process.

 

Any person willfully or corruptly making false answers to any of the questions shall be deemed guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Failure to answer questions shall be punishable with contempt of court. (K.S.A. 43-161). Regardless of your personal situation, all juror questionnaires must be completed and returned for processing.

 

If any of your answers upon such questionnaire disqualify you from service, you will be notified in writing or by telephone that you are excused. If you do not receive such notification, you are required to appear as set forth above, unless, after checking with our answering service, you find that the trial has been cancelled. (See Cancellation Procedures below.)

 

CANCELLATION PROCEDURES

Please check the specific county information on the previous page to determine the phone number you are to call the evening before you are scheduled to appear.

 

In the event this service contains a cancellation message after 5:30 p.m. on the day before you are scheduled to appear, instructing you that you are not needed and you appear anyway, you will not be paid juror fees or mileage. It is your responsibility to call as directed above, as you will not be notified in any other manner in the event of a cancellation.

 

LENGTH OF SERVICE

Your jury service will normally consist of you appearing on the date and time above and, if selected as a trial juror, staying until completion of the trial.

 

JURY FEES

Jurors receive $10.00 per day for their service, plus mileage at the state rate, if you live outside the city limits of the County seat. Payment will be mailed to you by the County following your jury service.

 

QUESTIONNAIRE QUALIFICATION

If it is necessary for another person to fill out this form for you, his or her name, address, and the reason should be stated on the back of the questionnaire.

 

DISABILITY STATEMENT

If you have a disability that requires special facilities, please indicate the nature of the disability and the type of facilities required on the back of the questionnaire.

 


Common Juror Questions

 

How did I get selected to be a juror?

The 8th Judicial District primarily uses the list of licensed drivers provided by the state. A computer randomly selects a pool of potential jurors for each trial. If your mailing address is incorrect on the summons, it is usually because the information is incorrect on the drivers license list received from the state.

 

What if I am not a county resident?

If you are not a county resident you do not have to serve as a juror. Some people live near county borders and will receive an incorrect juror summons. Please indicate this information on your juror questionnaire and return it as requested.

 

What are the legal qualifications for jury service?

You must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, and a resident of the County from which you receive the juror summons. You are deferred from jury service if you have been convicted of a felony within the preceding 10 years. You are also deferred if you are under a present adjudication of incompetency by a court. You are also deferred if you are currently a breast-feeding mother. If you are uncertain whether you qualify for any of the reasons listed above, you should discuss your situation with the jury clerk. If you feel you do not qualify for jury service, return the questionnaire indicating the reason.

 

Do I get paid?

You will receive $10.00 a day when you are a juror. You will be paid mileage at the state rate, if you live outside the city limits of the County seat. Reimbursement is made by the County for jury service and mileage checks.

 

What if I have a disability?

The 8th Judicial District will accommodate anyone wishing to serve as a juror. Please indicate your needs when you return the questionnaire.

 

What age disqualifies me as a juror?

While there is no law regarding age, the 8th Judicial District will usually excuse jurors over the age of 80, if requested. Please indicate your preference on the juror questionnaire.

 

How often will I have to serve?

The 8th Judicial District will not require you to serve as a juror more than once in a 12-month period. However, you may be summoned to appear up to 3 times in a 12-month period if the trial you are summoned for is canceled.

 

Are parents with children at home excused from jury service?

No, there is no automatic exclusion. If we were to exclude all mothers and fathers with small children, a significant portion of the population base would be excluded from jury service. This would cause our jury pool to not truly be representative of our community. You are responsible for arranging for your own child care if you are called for jury duty.

 

Are college students required to serve?

If you are a full time college student, living a considerable distance from the city where court is held, please indicate that on your juror questionnaire. Each student requesting excused status will be reviewed on an individual basis.

 

Can I obtain a jury service verification letter for my employer?

Please notify court personnel if you are in need of a letter verifying your jury service. The Clerk of District Court will provide these upon request.

 

What about missing work?

Jury service is the duty of all citizens, including employers and employees. Employers must not reprimand you for jury service. If needed, District Court will provide documentation of your attendance for your employer. See the previous question for details.

 

What happens if I have been summoned for jury duty but I decide not to report for service?

You may be held in contempt of court and you can be fined for failing to respond to a jury service summons. We hope that you will reconsider. The jury system is an important part of democracy in the United States. Rather than relying solely upon Judges to decide the facts in a dispute, whether civil or criminal, our judicial system relies upon a group of citizens chosen from the community to make those decisions. The jury system can only work well if jurors are chosen from a diverse cross-section of the population. We work hard to make sure that no qualified citizens of our community are excluded from jury duty, whether through self-selection (i.e., failing to show up) or otherwise.

 

What if the summons is incorrect or the person is deceased?

If the address is incorrect, please note your correct address and return to the jury clerk. We sincerely apologize if you have received a summons addressed to a family member who has died. Jury lists are compiled annually from Department of Motor Vehicle. If the summons is unopened, please write "deceased" on the outside and mark it "Return to Sender".

 

JURY DUTY SCAM

Identity thieves are tricking individuals into revealing their personal details by telling them that they failed to report for jury duty and warrants for their arrest are being issued.

 

Court workers in the 8th Judicial District will not telephone individuals to ask for personal information because you have supposedly missed jury duty. Also, they will not call because they are allegedly assembling juries and need to pre-screen those who might be selected to serve on them. The only time you would hear from Court workers by telephone (rather than by mail) about anything having to do with jury service would be after you have mailed back your completed questionnaire, and even then only rarely.

 

For more information on this jury duty scam, you could visit the following web site: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp.