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All U.S. citizens who are over the age of 18, a resident of the district that issued the jury summons, and able to read, write, speak and understand the English language are eligible to serve on a jury in the Northern District of Indiana. Of these people, only convicted felons without their rights being restored , meaning anyone who has been found guilty of a serious crime, cannot serve.

Once you have received a letter to appear, read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Clerk at our Lafayette office at (877) 377-1219. Be sure to complete the Jury Questionnaire that was enclosed with your letter to appear and return in the envelope that was provided.

If you are unable to serve on the date stated on your letter to appear, please advise the Jury Clerk in writing, at the Lafayette address that is located on your letter to appear. You can ask for a postponement until a reasonable time in the future when you can arrange your schedule so that jury service is convenient for you.

In certain serious cases, the court can permanently excuse prospective jurors. These are called undue hardship cases. If you have a personal situation that stops you from being able to serve, please advise the Jury Clerk, in writing, at the Lafayette address that is located on your letter to appear.

A person is exempt or permanently excused if he or she is a felon, non-resident, non-citizen, full-time police officer, full-time fireman, member of the armed services or political official elected to office. If you fall into one of these categories, contact the jury clerk at the Lafayette office to explain your situation. If you are disqualified, you may request that your name be permanently removed from the juror list.

Your employer must allow you time off to serve on a jury. This is the law. This is intended to prevent any employer from firing or harassing an employee who is summoned for jury service and who has given reasonable notice of when the employee is to serve. Notice is generally considered reasonable if it is given as soon as possible once the employee has been summoned. If you are harassed or fired, contact the Jury Clerk at the Lafayette office.

Federal jury service allows payment of $40 a day plus round trip mileage.

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