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Jury Services

Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN 55082
Jury Customer Service Line:  651.430.6322 
Fax:  651.430.6300

Washington County District Court has implemented two significant improvements to jury service, effective Monday, August 24, 2009.  The court implemented a phone-in system for person summoned to appear for jury service.  In addition, summoned jurors will now be able to complete the required Qualification Questionnaire via the internet.

Prospective jurors are assigned a Group Number on their summons and instructed to call the court’s Juror Information Number 651-430-6363 at various times throughout their term of service to find out if, when, how and when they need to report for a trial.  If jurors are called to the courthouse, they are given a short orientation regarding service and then sent directly to a courtroom for jury selection. The time spent waiting will be greatly reduced.

Jurors are randomly selected from a list of licensed drivers, state identification card holders and registered voters residing in your county.

SUMMONED JURORS - DIRECTIONS AND INFORMATION

Mandatory:
Jurors are to call the Juror Information Number at 651-430-6363 after 4:30 pm Friday prior to the start date on your term and follow the instructions given for your group number.  Do not report UNLESS you are instructed to do so by the phone-in-system.

Length of Service:
You are on call for 2 weeks. If you are serving on a trial that lasts longer, you will be required to serve until the trial concludes.

Phone in Procedure:
You are required to call the Juror Information Number 651-430-6363 after 4:30 pm on the Friday before your term begins, follow the instructions given for your Group Number. You will receive information for your Group Number, located on the top right hand side of your jury summons.  This is a three-digit number you will use during your jury service.

Juror Hours:
Normal hours for jurors are Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Lunch break is on your own unless you are deliberating on a case. Jurors brought in to begin 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 keep you informed of the schedule. Once on a jury the Judge determines the schedule.

Where to Report:
Stillwater Courthouse 14949 62nd Street North in Stillwater, MN 55082.  Only report when directed to by the phone-in system 651-430-6363. You will be required to pass through a metal detection device. You may not bring snacks and beverages through the metal detector. You may bring in an empty plastic container to fill later.

Courtroom Decorum:
Casual or comfortable dress is acceptable. Hats are not allowed. There is no talking, chewing gum, or reading of newspapers, books or magazines in the courtroom. You may bring in personal electronics to use while waiting in the Jury Assembly Room only, these items will not be allowed in the Courtroom or Deliberation rooms. The Jury Assembly Room has free lockers available for your use. Jurors should place their valuables in a locker or leave them in their vehicle. 

What to Expect:
On reporting day, you will receive an orientation explaining the jury process.  To watch a jury orientation video prior to reporting to the courthouse, you may go to the Jury Orientation Video . The average jury trial in Washington County is 2-3 days in length.  

Building Access:
Washington County has several security measures in place that restrict access to the Government Center and County Courthouse by visitors and jurors. Due to these restrictions, you will have access to these buildings only through the visitor entrances from the Public Parking Lot. All other doors are locked and require entry by electronic key.

Parking:
The Public Parking Lot is designated for visitors and jurors at the Government Center and County Courthouse. Parking is also permitted on the street with the exception of areas posted as no parking. Handicapped parking spaces are also available. Applicable handicap permit must be displayed. Please do not park in areas identified as "Permit Parking". Parking is limited and it is recommended you arrive early to ensure a parking space. Other parking lots on the north side of the building are designated as employee and LEC visitor parking only.  All parking is free.

Snacks and Beverages:
Are allowed in the jury waiting room only.  You may not bring snacks and beverages through the metal detector. You may bring in an empty plastic container to fill at a later time.  There are vending machines with beverages and snacks across the hall from the Jury Assembly Room.   You may purchase coffee, soda, etc. from the Cafeteria located in the Government Center. The Cafeteria also serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Payment and Mileage Reimbursement:
Reimbursement for jury service is $10.00 per day, plus round trip mileage of .27 cents per mile from your residence. Please make sure to check your mileage to the Government Center on your date of service. You will be asked for this information when you check in.

Daycare Reimbursement:
Reimbursement for daycare costs is available only if the expense is one that normally and would not be incurred. Reimbursement for unlicensed daycare is a maximum of $40.00 per day and licensed daycare is a maximum of $50.00 per day. Daycare Reimbursement Form 

Postponement Information:
Requests to postpone jury services can be made by completing the questionnaire via the internet at http://www.mncourts.gov/juryservice/questionnaire or by completing the questionnaire manually and stating the reason for postponement on the backside of the form with an alternate date.  Requests to postpone within 10 days of jury service must be made in writing with an explanation and an alternate date that you are able to serve. The Washington County Jury reporting dates for July - December 2015.  Send requests to Washington County Court Administration, Attn: Jury Office at 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082. If you are the parent of a college age child who has been summoned for jury service and your child is not a resident of Washington County during the school year but is a resident during the summer months you may request a postponement on behalf on your child. This type of postponement must also be made per the instructions above.

Medical Excuse Postponements:
All medical excuses must have a written statement of ineligibility for jury duty from your physician or you will be expected to report. All postponements must be in writing; no phone postponements excusals for medical will be accepted.

No Longer a Resident of Washington County:
If you received a questionnaire and you are no longer a resident of Washington County you must indicate your current address on the questionnaire and return it in the envelope provided to Court Administration. Upon receipt of your questionnaire and verification that you are no longer a Washington County resident, you will be excused.

Additional Information:
You will receive information on your responsibilities as a juror the first day you report for service.  If you have a disability and anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact the Jury Office at 651-430-6322