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Jury Duty FAQ

Can I defer my jury duty?

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.

Can I request to be excused from jury service due to financial hardship?

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.

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.

How can I get out of jury service?

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

I am over 70 years-old, do I still have to serve on a jury?

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 jury@douglascountyks.org or

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.