Welcome to the Federal Court. Jury duty is an important aspect of citizenship and we thank you for your time and service.
Starting in June, 2017 we will be qualifying jurors for the September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2019 jury term. You may receive a postcard from the U.S. District Court directing you to go on-line and complete a juror qualification questionnaire. You are not being summoned to appear for jury selection at this time, this process is required to see if you qualify to serve as a U.S. District Court juror in the future. The law requires that you respond and follow all instructions. This is not the time to request to be excused due to a hardship, inconvenience, health conditions, pre-planned vacations, etc... If you are found to be qualified and subsequently summoned, you will have a chance to communicate with the Court about your specific circumstances at that time.
Jury service is a direct means for citizens to participate in the judicial process. Jurors make decisions that have an impact on individual's lives, property and liberty. The jury, as an institution, has a long and distinquished history. As early as the English Magna Carta (1215), it was hailed as the protector of individual rights and liberties. In the U.S. Constitution, the Sixth Amendment provides for impartial jury trials in criminal cases. The Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to a grand jury indictment. The Seventh Amendment provides for juries in certain civil cases.