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Child Care Reimbursement:
Jurors who are not employed outside the home may be reimbursed for child care expenses incurred as a result of jury services. Jurors who are employed outside the home are not entitled to child care reimbursement unless the expense, as a result of jury service, is greater than normally would be incurred. Payment will be made only for the amount over and above your normal child care expenditure. All requests for payment must be submitted within ten days after you complete jury service. Reimbursement claim forms can be picked up in the Jury Manager’s Office.
Casual or comfortable dress is acceptable. Jurors are not allowed to wear hats, drink beverages, chew gum or use tobacco products in the courtroom. Wireless internet is available for use in the Jury Assembly Room. Cell phones, computers and all internet accessible devises are NOT allowed in the courtroom and must be left in the Jury Managers office when reporting to the courtroom. If you are concerned about leaving these items in the Jury Managers office, you may choose to leave them at home. There are a limited number of lockers available for these types of items. All books, magazines and newspapers must be left in the Jury Assembly Room.
If illness or family emergency prevents attendance at the courthouse, please inform court personnel by calling 763-422-7370 at 8:00 a.m. The same phone number may be given to family members or child care providers in case an emergency arises during the day.
Juror Hours and Breaks:
Normal hours for jurors hearing testimony in court cases are 8:30 – 4:30. Jurors reporting for new cases will be required to stay at the courthouse throughout the day or until juries have been selected for all cases scheduled. Court personnel will inform jurors as to when they may leave the courthouse.
Jurors generally get a 15 to 20 minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon break and a lunch recess of about one to one and a half hours. There are restaurants within walking distance of the courthouse and a soda, candy/chip machine near the Jury Assembly Room. A refrigerator and microwave oven are located in the assembly room for jurors wanting to bring brown-bag lunches or soda brought from home.
Juror Information Line:
The Juror Information Line (763-422-7405) is updated daily at 4:30 p.m. and gives instructions to jurors for the following day. Jurors are identified by their call-in/group number which is located on the summons. Weekend messages are made on Friday at 4:30 and run all weekend. Jurors who are not required to report for service at the courthouse should go about their normal day’s activities, i.e., go to their normal place of employment.
Note pads and pens will be provided to jurors for the purpose of taking notes during trials.
In any criminal case involving a jury, there is always the possibility that the jury could be sequestered (that is house at a motel for a duration of the jury deliberation process). As a practical matter, only about one or two jury panels per year are actually sequestered. However, in the event that a jury is sequestered, the following information may be helpful:
*Jurors will not be allowed to call their homes, but court personnel will take messages from jurors and call their families.
*If it is anticipated that jurors may be sequestered, court personnel will request that jurors bring overnight bags with them to the Jury Assembly Room.
Jurors may park free in the Anoka County Parking Ramp located on 4th Avenue and Van Buren Street. Enter the ramp through the entrance marked with the large “P” indicating public parking. You may park in any non-reserved space on the 1st level of the ramp. Do not park in any space marked reserved. If there are not available non-reserved spaces on the 1st level, you can proceed to the top-open level #5 of the ramp for additional non-reserved parking. Please be aware that there are not adequate high-vehicle parking spaces in the ramp for jurors driving high vehicles - - clearance is 6 feet 9 inches. If you are driving a high vehicle you will need to park on the street at least 3 blocks away from the courthouse to avoid areas designated as 1 – 3 hour parking only. Handicap parking is available in the ramp.
Smoking: The courthouse is a no smoking building and smoking is not allowed in the jury rooms during breaks or deliberation. Should a juror anticipate difficulty with this policy, please inform the judge of your concerns during voir dire questioning.
In the event of inclement weather such as a severe snowstorm, please telephone the Juror Information Line, 763-422-7405, for a message regarding closing of the Courthouse.
Where to Report:
Jurors should report to the Jury Assembly Room located on the second floor, center-section of the courthouse. For specific reporting time, telephone the Juror Information Line. Court personnel will escort smaller groups of jurors to various courtrooms where individual juries will be selected. The selection process includes being questioned by the attorneys in the case as well as the presiding judge. If a juror is not selected to serve on one case, he or she will return to the Jury Assembly Room to await further instructions. Jurors may be sent to another courtroom for service or may be released for the rest of the day. Either way, jurors will receive further instructions from court personnel.
325 East Main Street
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Jury Manager’s Office Direct Line: 763-422-7370
Juror Information Line: 763-422-7405
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