What follows here is a brief overview of jury selection and service.
People with Douglas County addresses are selected at random from drivers license and voter registration lists. They are notified by mail that they are part of the jury pool from which individual juries are selected. Once notified, they must return the questionnaire form they receive.
During their two-week call-up period, individuals in the pool need to call (785) 832-5108 as instructed to learn whether they must appear at court. If called to appear, prospective jurors need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room on the lower level of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. in Lawrence. The Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is the contemporary building just east of the old county courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets.
Once the prospective jurors are assembled, a judge explains procedures and practices in greater detail, and then jurors go to a courtroom. There, attorneys for both sides in the case being tried ask questions to try to eliminate jurors who may have conflicts of interest or a bias in favor or against one party. The attorneys then make their peremptory challenges, and jurors are sworn to try the case.
Once seated, the trial may begin. Typically, attorneys for each side make an opening statement. Then, the prosecutor (in a criminal trial) or the plaintiff (in a civil trial) presents the case against the defendant. The defendant's attorney then presents the case in favor of the defendant. Each side makes a final argument before the jury.
When the attorneys are done, the judge instructs the jury on its responsibilities in seeking a verdict, and then the jury retreats to a private room for its deliberations.
When you are told to report for jury service, please come to the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center at 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS. You will need to report to the Jury Assembly Room, which is located on the lower level.
To view a map of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, please visit Google Maps - JLE.