The following information pertains to jury the selection process and juror information for the 7th District Court of Kansas located in Douglas County.
People with Douglas County addresses are selected at random from lists provided by the Kansas DMV. They are notified by mail that they are part of the jury pool from which individual juries are selected. Once notified, they must complete the online questionnaire or a paper questionnaire available upon request.
During their two week jury service, qualified jurors need to call the Jury Service Line at (785) 832-5108 after 5:30pm on Fridays and Tuesdays to learn whether they must appear at court, and if so, when and which courtroom the Jury Selection will be taking place in.
Once the prospective jurors are assembled, a judge will explain procedures and practices in greater detail. Attorneys representing all parties in the case will then 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.
The trial will begin once the jury is selected. 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.
After both sides have presented their case, the judge instructs the jury on its responsibilities in seeking a verdict, and then the jury retires to a private room for its deliberations.
The Juror Portal for the 7th Judicial District of the District Court in Douglas County, Kansas serves to assist you as a potential juror. Here are the steps that you'll need to complete as a juror or prospective juror: