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Ramsey County Jury FAQ's

How long is my service?
Will I receive additional notification prior to my service date?  
Do you have an on call system? 
What are the hours of service?  
If I am released early for the day, do I have to report back to work?  
Is there a dress code?  
Is lunch provided?  
If I am a police officer, does that disqualify me?  
If I am an attorney, does that disqualify me?  
I am related to a police officer, does that disqualify me?  
I am related to an attorney, does that disqualify me?  
I am racist, does this disqualify me?  
Do my religious beliefs disqualify me?  
Does my employer have to release me?  
Does my employer have to pay me?  
I have a physicial and/or mental disability that will affect my ability to serve; do I need to get a doctor's note?  
I am 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused, do I need to fill out the rest of this form?  
If I know that I am not qualified, do I still need to fill out the summons?  
I am a student and my date of service falls during the school year, what should I do?  
I am a student and I go to school in a different county and/or state, am I a resident?   
Am I allowed to bring a laptop?  
Where should I park?  
What if I cannot go beyond my week of service?  
What if I cannot be sequestered?  
Can I be permanently removed from your system?  
How was I selected?  
Can I volunteer to serve on Jury Duty?  
Can someone else come in my place?  
I am a stay at home parent, can I be excused?  
I am a caregiver for someone, can I be excused?  
Is there an emergency number I can give to someone in case they need to get a hold of me?  
Is there a TV in the assembly room?  
Is there a work room?  
Are there phones that I can use?  
Are books and magazines allowed?  

How long is my service?

Ramsey County Jury Service is one week OR once you have been seated on a case, and delivered a verdict, you service is complete. You need to plan to be here EVERY day, from 8:30 to 4:30 each day for the entire week or until the conclusion of the case, if seated on a jury.

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Will I receive additional notification prior to my service date?

No. Refer to the date on your summons. Unless you have requested a one time postponement or you are disqualified, this is the date you should report for service.

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Do you have an on call system?

Yes, but you MUST report on the first day of service at 8:30 a.m. as it states on your summons. If you are not on a case by the END of the day on your first day of service, you will be placed on call. You will be directed to call a number each night to listen to a message that will give instructions for the following day. You will either be required to report to the Courthouse or you will have the day off and should go about your regular business. Again, you still need to plan to be here EVERY day Monday thru Friday from 8:30 until 4:30. Just because you have a day off does NOT mean your service is over. You will still be on call for the rest of the week.

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What are the hours of service?

On your first day of service you will need to report at 8:30 a.m. in order to receive an orientation. After the first day, your hours of service may vary. You need to plan to be at the courthouse from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. When all cases scheduled for that day settle, you will be released. However, count on being here EVERY DAY until 4:30. If you are selected as a juror on a case you will follow the Judge's instructions.

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If I am released early for the day, do I have to report back to work?

Please discuss this with your employer.

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Is there a dress code?

There is no written dress code.

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Is lunch provided?

Lunch is NOT provided. There is a lunch break (time varies depending upon your assignment), and you are welcome to bring your own lunch from home or go out to lunch. There is a refrigerator available for your use. There is a microwave for your use as well as vending machines. There will be skyway maps that will help direct you to points of interest.

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 If I am a police officer, does that disqualify me?

No.

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If I am an attorney, does that disqualify me?

No.

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I am related to a police officer, does that disqualify me?

No.

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I am related to an attorney does that disqualify me?

No.

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I am racist, does this disqualify me?

No.

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Do my religious beliefs disqualify me?

No.

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Does my employer have to release me?

Yes, your employer legally has to release you for jury duty.

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Does my employer have to pay me?

Unfortunately, no, your employer is not legally obligated to pay your wages. Many employers make up the difference from your regular pay and the per diem you get from the state. You should contact your employer to determine their policy. Please contact the jury office at 651-266-8200 if you have questions.

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I have a physical and/or mental disability that will affect my ability to serve; do I need to get a doctor's note?

Yes. If you can serve at a later date, address the postponement section and choose a new date you can serve within the next 9 months from your original service date.

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I am 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused, do I need to fill out the rest of this form?

Please fill out the entire form and return to the jury office.

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If I know that I am not qualified, do I still need to fill out the summons?

YES, we do not know your status unless you fill out your summons and send it back to us. Also, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 593, you may be guilty of a crime if you do one of the following: Fail to return this jury questionnaire, misrepresent information on this jury questionnaire, or fail to show up for jury service as directed. Jury office staff will notify you if you are disqualified.

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I am a student and my date of service falls during the school year, what should I do?

Fill out your summons by hand or online, there is a postponement section that allows you to choose a new date within the next 9 months. Choose a date when you are on a break from school.

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I am a student and I go to school in a different county and/or state, am I a resident?

If your permanent residency is still in Ramsey County (i.e. your driver's license and/or you have registered to vote here), then yes you are a resident of Ramsey County and are required to report. If the date of service does not work for your school schedule, please fill out the form by hand or online and address the postponement section. Choose a date when you are on a break from school.

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Am I allowed to bring a laptop?

Yes, laptops are allowed and wireless internet is available for your use while waiting in the jury assembly room. You will need a username and password that the jury office staff will provide AFTER orientation on your first day of service.

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Where should I park?

Parking is expensive in downtown St. Paul. The farther you park from the courthouse the less expensive it is. The closest parking ramps that are the most reasonably priced is the Lowry Ramp and the Victory Ramp. Both ramps are on Wabasha Street north of Fourth Street. DO NOT park at a meter.

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What if I cannot go beyond my week of service?

When you are sent to a courtroom, the Judge will talk about the anticipated length of the trial before jury selection begins. At that time, you should bring up any hardships that you may have going beyond your week of service.

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What if I cannot be sequestered?

If you have concerns about being sequestered, please address those concerns in the courtroom and to the Judge.

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Can I be permanently removed from your system?

No.

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How was I selected?

Driver's License, Voter's Registration and/or State I.D.

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Can I volunteer to serve on Jury Duty?

No, selection of jurors is random.

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Can someone else come in my place?

No.

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I am a stay at home parent, can I be excused?

No, we offer a 9 month postponement that allows you to choose a different date in order to make arrangements for your children. If you normally stay home with your children and will incur out of pocket expenses for childcare due to jury duty, you can apply for childcare reimbursement through the State of Minnesota. The state offers up to $40 a day for a non-licensed daycare, and up to $50 a day for a licensed daycare. Forms are available in the jury office.

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I am a caregiver for someone, can I be excused?

We need a doctor's note for the person for whom you care asking that you be excused so that you can provide 24 hour care to them.

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Is there an emergency number I can give to someone in case they need to get a hold of me?

Yes, please give them 651-266-8200. There will be someone answering the phone from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will relay the message to you as soon as possible.

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Is there a TV in the assembly room?

Yes, there is a TV with a cable box. This is in a separate room for those who would like to watch television.

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Is there a work room?

Yes, there is a work room. The work room has 4 computers for use on a first come first serve basis. We ask that jurors limit their time on the computer to 45 minutes out of respect to other jurors who may want to use them. There is also a phone, fax machine and copy machine. There are four work stations with outlets available on a first come first serve basis.

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Are there phones that I can use?

Yes. Phones are available in the jury assembly room. These are available on a first come first serve basis, and we ask that you stick to a 3 minute time limit out of respect to other jurors who may want to use them.

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Are books and magazines allowed?

Books and magazines are allowed in the jury assembly room. We have some donated magazines and books available for your use. Newspapers are not allowed in the courtroom.

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