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Jury FAQs

  • How was I selected?

    Your name was randomly selected from the Indiana voter registration list or Indiana BMV records.

  • Where will I serve on jury duty?

    For petit jury service, you will serve in the division based on the county in which you live. The county assignments for each divisional office can be found: Fort Wayne, Hammond, South Bend, Lafayette. Grand jurors, however, may have a broader scope of service. 

  • What if I cannot go to jury duty?

    You need to write a letter to the Jury Clerk at the Hammond address that is located on your Summons and Notice of Jury Duty letter and request to be excused.
    NOTE: The court DOES NOT accept excuses from the employer.

  • How much and when will I get paid?

    Currently, jurors are paid $40 for each day they appear, plus round trip mileage. Checks for jury service will be mailed to your home approximately three weeks from the first day of service.  Contact the Jury Clerk at
     (877) 377-1219 if you have not received compensation or have questions.
     

  • What is eJuror?

    eJuror is an automated jury system on the court's website. Jury candidates can log into eJuror from home to complete forms such as the Qualification Questionnaire and the Summons and Notice of Jury Duty electronically. For more information about eJuror, please see the eJuror FAQ page.

  • What is the difference between a qualification questionnaire and a summons?

    A qualification questionnaire is a form designed to provide the court with information to determine if you are legally qualified to be a juror, as well as statistical information. If you are legally qualified for federal jury duty, at some point you may be sent a Summons and Notice of Jury Duty letter, which is an order from the court calling you to jury service. 

  • How long will I be on call for?

    You will be on call for a period of three months. You may be called to appear more than once, but once you appear you will not be called again.  You will be advised of the trial schedule by the judge at the beginning of the trial.

  • What should I wear?

    Proper attire showing respect for the court ie: slacks, jeans, shirts, dresses, etc. without holes; no shorts or tank tops. 

  • What if I get discharged from my job because I served on jury duty?

    Federal Statute Title 28, US Code, Section 1875 states that no employers shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employee's jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States. This statute also advises the employer of the consequences for violating the provisions of this section. 

  • Do I have to cancel my vacation if I receive a Summons and Notice of Jury Duty and the date is while I'm on vacation?

    You can go on vacation, but need to send a letter asking to be excused for that reason.

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