Hennepin County Jury Service

Hennepin County District Court »

Phone: (612) 348-3158

Welcome Hennepin County Jurors!


As citizens, we all enjoy the rights of due process and the right to a trial before a jury of our peers. Your service as a juror makes this possible.

Browse the tabs on this page for information about serving as a juror in Hennepin County. For FAQs, trial experience and general information, visit the Statewide Jury Service Information page.

For your convenience, we encourage you to use all of our online communication tools to stay in touch with the Jury Office.

Thank you for your service!

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Petit Jurors

Most people who receive a jury summons serve as petit jurors. Petit jurors serve on jury panels in both civil and criminal cases. Petit jurors listen to the evidence offered during a trial and return a verdict. A verdict in a civil case may be a finding for the plaintiff or for the defendant. A verdict in a criminal case finds the defendant guilty or not guilty.
 

Grand Jurors

People summoned to serve as grand jurors consider evidence the State has gathered before a trial in a criminal case. They make decisions about whether enough evidence exists for the State to move forward with the charges and prosecute the defendant.

Juror Pay


Petit and grand jurors are compensated for jury service at a rate determined by the Supreme Court for the days they are present, plus round-trip mileage from juror's residence to the Government Center.

Petit Jurors, upon completion of their jury service, should receive their check in the mail approximately one week later.

Grand Jurors should receive their check in the mail approximately one week after each week they are in session during their four month term.

Petit Juror

If you are summoned to serve as a Petit Juror, you may postpone your service date one time, for up to nine (9) months. To ask to postpone service, you must do one of the following at least 10 days before your summons date:
  • Call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158;
  • Send us your request in writing; or
  • When you complete the online Jury Questionnaire, you may request to postpone your service online at that time.

Grand Juror

If you are summoned to serve as a Grand Juror, you may not postpone your service date. You must complete the paper Juror Questionnaire that you received in the mail and return it in the pre-paid envelope. If you have questions, please call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158.

In Hennepin County, the Grand Jurors usually meet each Thursday at 8:45 a.m. over a four-month period. The schedule varies; sometimes, your session may be completed in half a day, and other times you could be required to appear two days in the same week.
As a juror in Hennepin County, you have two options for completing jury service. You may either report to the courthouse in the Hennepin County Government Center each day of your two week service period, or you may request to be placed on Call-in Status. Jurors are paid for their service only if they are required to report to the courthouse. Once a juror is instructed to report to the courthouse, he or she continues to report there until told otherwise.

To qualify for Call-in Status, you must do the following:
  • Complete and return your Juror Questionnaire. You may complete and submit your Juror Questionnaire online or by mail (follow the return instructions found on the bottom half of your summons);
  • Call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before your summons date; and
  • Arrange your schedule (e.g., work, childcare, etc.) so that you are available to go to court (if needed) on each day during your two week service period. Note: You should check with your employer's payroll or human resources department regarding the employer's policies on jury service, which could be a factor in deciding whether the call-in status option will work for you.
After being placed on Call-in Status, the Jury Office will assign you a new group number and give you the telephone number for the Message Line.
  • You must call the Message Line on the Sunday evening before your start date to see if you need to report to the courthouse by 8:15 a.m. for orientation on the first Monday of your service.
  • Each day of your service period you must check for instructions for your group number. You may check in by calling the Message Line, or click the Call-in Reporting Info tab on this page. The information is updated at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Continue to check in twice daily during your two week service period, or as instructed for your group number.
Questions? Call the jury office at (612) 348-3158.
 

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Status update for on call jurors Sunday, July 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  No jurors on call will need to
report tomorrow, Monday at 8:15 a.m.  Please check for the next update tomorrow at 12:15 p.m.


 

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Hennepin Jury Office
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Floor C-24
Jury Assembly Room
Minneapolis, MN 55487 Map »
Phone: (612) 348-3158


Directions

The Hennepin County Government Center is located in downtown Minneapolis at 300 South 6th Street (between 3rd Ave. S. and 4th Ave. S.) The building has two towers (C-Tower and A-Tower) that span across 6th Street. The north side of the building faces 5th Street and the Government Plaza transit station. There is a public entrance on that side of the building. The south side of the building faces 7th Street and there is also a tree-lined plaza and public entrance to the building.

People can also enter the Government Center from the skyway (2nd floor), which is called the Public Service Level. If you enter the building from the street level, take the escalator up one level to the skyway level. There is a fountain, cafe, and Info Desk on that level.

Follow the signs for Courts on the skyway level, which will lead you into the C-Tower. Continue on to the security checkpoint. Please allow extra time to go through weapon screening. Elevators are located just past the security checkpoint. Take an elevator to the 24th floor and follow the signs for Jury Assembly Room.

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