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Jury Duty FAQ

Even though I have received a Summons, is it possible that I will not be required to come to court during the dates shown?

Yes. It is impossible to predict the number of trials that will take place each week. Some of the jury trials that are scheduled are settled, dismissed, or otherwise resolved without requiring a jury. For this reason, we have implemented the juror call-in system. Jurors need to call 785-832-5108 between 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the weekend before your beginning date. A recorded phone message will give reporting information based on your Group Number. You will be told when you are to report or when you are to call again.

How are jurors selected for a particular trial?

Cases will usually be heard by juries of six or twelve jurors. A larger group, called a panel, will be sent to the courtroom where the jurors will be questioned by the lawyers in a process called Voir Dire. A juror may be excused from the panel if it is shown that the juror cannot act impartially concerning the case to be heard. After Voir Dire is completed, each side is allowed to remove a given number of jurors from the panel without having to show any reason. The remaining panel members become the jurors for the case.

How can I be excused from jury duty?

We encourage everyone to serve jury duty when summoned. It is an interesting and rewarding experience, as well as being a civic responsibility. Before requesting to be excused, you should consider the following: If you were to be involved in a case that went to a jury of your peers for judgment, who would you want to be on that panel? You probably would want people, who, like yourself, are capable of making reasoned and informed decisions. Should you ever require the service of your peers on a jury, it stands to reason that you should be willing to provide the service as well.

How was I selected?

People who are registered to vote or have a Kansas driver's license, are at least 18-years-old, and live in Douglas County are added to our computer system. The computer system is designed to randomly select perspective jurors.

I haven't heard anything from the court about my requested deferral or excusal. What do I do?

You will be notified if your request has been granted or denied. You may contact the Jury Coordinator if you have not been notified. You MUST report if you have not received a response to your request to be excused or deferred. Failure to report for jury duty can result in your being found in contempt of court.

I meet the eligibility requirements to be a juror, but am I actually qualified to be a juror?

Yes. Everyone is qualified to be a juror. You do not need any special skills, training, or legal knowledge to be a juror. As a juror, you will be responsible for impartially evaluating all the facts that are presented to you during the trial and, as the judge instructs, apply the law as it is written to the facts of the case. As a juror you will be expected to listen carefully, remain open minded, and follow instructions.