It is up to the individual discretion of each judge. In general, it is not permitted. The judges feel it is important that jurors focus their attention on witnesses and information rather than on taking notes.
Jury Duty FAQ
You do not need to bring anything with you. You may want to bring a jacket, book, or something else to do during the brief period of waiting.
Deferment is not always a possibility, but we try to accommodate your busy schedules as much as we can. To request a deferment, you should complete the appropriate section of the juror questionnaire. You will receive a letter from the court with either your new service dates or a denial of your request within four weeks of making the request.
You can request hardship for any reason on your Juror Questionnaire. All excusal requests are subject to review by the Chief Judge. You will receive an email as well as a letter in the mail with a response to your request within four weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Coordinator at Jury@douglascountyks.org or at 785-832-5213.
Yes, but the court requires a letter from your physician stating you should be excused. For more information on what is needed and where to send it, please contact the Jury Coordinator at Jury@douglascountyks.org or 785-832-5213.
Jurors must be randomly selected and summoned to be able to serve on a jury. You cannot volunteer for service. In Douglas County, jurors are randomly selected from a list of people with Douglas County addresses provided by the Kansas DMV.
Kansas law provides job protection for jurors. According to Kansas law, employers may not fire or threaten to fire an employee because of jury service. The court can provide documentation of jury service upon request.
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 after 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and Tuesdays during your jury service period, starting the Friday before your service starts.
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 (jury selection).
Kansas Statute Section 43-155 states –”The public policy of this state is declared to be that jury service is the solemn obligation of all qualified citizens, and that excuses from the discharge of this responsibility should be granted by the judges of the courts of this state only for reasons of compelling personal hardship or because requiring service would be contrary to the public welfare, health or safety.” If you feel that that serving as a juror would be a hardship or is contrary to the public’s welfare, health or safety, you can request e
The average trial lasts between one-and-a-half and two days.
The computer system is designed to randomly select jurors from a list of people with Douglas County addresses provided by the Kansas DMV.
In Douglas County, jurors 70 and over can opt to be permanently excused from Jury Service if they do not wish to serve. If you receive a Juror Summons and will be over the age of 70 by the time your Jury Service is set to begin, you can request an excusal by either completing your Juror Questionnaire and requesting excusal for age, or by contacting the Jury Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Please contact the jury coordinator at (785) 832-5213.
You will be notified if your request has been granted or denied by email, as well as a letter in the mail. You may contact the Jury Coordinator at Jury@douglascountyks.org or 785-832-5213 if you have not heard from the court within four weeks after making the request.
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.
Not necessarily. More jurors are summoned than are actually needed. Not all jurors will sit on a panel. Through the questioning process called Voir Dire, a certain number of people on the panel will be struck to reach the six or twelve person jury.
No. Please inform the court of your condition, and they will try to make the proper accommodations.