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Carver County Juror Information

Carver County District Court
604 East Fourth Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: (952)361-1420
Fax: (952) 361-1491
Jury Information Line: (952) 361-1455 or (952) 361-1456
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PLEASE BE AWARE: There is currently a nation-wide identity theft scam where callers try to get personal information under the guise of missed jury duty. Minnesota court staff will never ask prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card or bank account information. We will also never ask for social security numbers over the phone. Do not provide this kind of information to anyone claiming to represent the court system. If you receive this kind of request, hang up and contact your local jury office directly. GENERAL JURY INFORMATION



GENERAL JURY SERVICE
Trial by jury is a basic American right and the very essence of freedom under our Constitution. Participation of Carver County citizens will help preserve this basic fundamental right.   Residents are selected at random from voter registration, driver license and Minnesota State ID lists to serve as jurors. Approximately 4,000 Carver County residents are summoned to serve as jurors every year.|

Authority
The Jury Administration Plan is established in accordance with the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts, Rule 804, and shall be used for the administration of the jury system in the First Judicial District, State of Minnesota.

Jury Information
To be qualified to serve as a Juror in the State of Minnesota, a prospective juror must be:
    1.  A citizen of the United States
    2.  At least 18 years old
    3.  A resident of the county
    4.  Able to communicate in the English language
    5.  Be physically and mentally capable of rendering satisfactory jury service
    6.  A person who has had their civil rights restored if they have been convicted of a felony
    7.  A person who has not served as a state or federal grand or petit juror in the past two years within the State  of Minnesota 

The definition of service is
     a)  Being available to report as required
     b)  Reporting as directed
     c)  Serving on a trial

To respond to your summons for jury service, request a postponement or make changes to your contact information online visit Jury Qualification Questionnaire

Jurors may be permanently excused for the following reasons ONLY:
    1.  A person age 70 or over who requests to be excused
    2.  A person who medically cannot serve with a doctor's statement verifying a permanent illness

Petit Jury Term Information

Juror Information
In order to minimize jurors' time away from their normal daily activities, the Carver County Jury Management staff brings jurors to the courthouse only when efforts to settle or plead out a case have been unsuccessful.  Your jury summons will indicate when to start calling the Jury Information line. You are required to call 952-361-1455 or 952-361-1456 daily at 11:30 a.m starting on Tuesday of the first week of your jury service for a recorded message directing you when to report. The recording will identify you by your assigned group number only.

Days and Times You Will be Reporting
There is absolutely no way to determine in advance what days you will be asked to report for jury duty during your term of service.   You will be asked to call late in the morning and then may be instructed to report for an afternoon court session. You must be available to report every day of your term. Carver County Petit Jury terms, normally, last for two (2) weeks.  However, no person is required to continue to serve after that person has reported to the courthouse for ten (10) days or after the completion of one trial, whichever is longer. 

Call as Instructed
It is very important that you call as instructed.  If you do not call and/or report when instructed; you will be listed as a FAILURE TO APPEAR. A court order may be issued for you summoning you to the courthouse for a special hearing to explain to the judge why you failed to appear, or a warrant for your arrest may be ordered by the Court. Consequences that may be imposed for failing to appear for jury duty include fines or incarceration.

First Day Reporting
Please report to Carver County Justice Center, Court Administration, 604 East Fourth Street, Chaska, MN promptly at the time given during the telephone instructions. The Jury Management staff will take attendance, conduct a brief orientation and show an informational video about jury duty, after which jury selection will proceed as ordered by the Court.

Second and Subsequent Days
Follow the instructions given by the Judge presiding over your trial or the Jury Management staff. The normal hours of operation for Carver County Court Administration are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Occasionally, a Judge may ask the panel to stay after normal business hours, particularly if testimony of the current witness could be completed within a short period of time or if the panel is in deliberation. In any event, if you are a seated juror, please follow the instructions of the Judge presiding over your case.

Excusals
If you are a prospective juror that is 70 years of age or older, you are not required to serve.  Your summons provides a question in this regard.  If you elect to be excused from service, you will receive written confirmation that your request has been processed.

Postponements
To better accommodate prospective jurors' work and personal schedules, jurors may request a postponement of their jury duty.  Jury Management will grant only one postponement request per juror.  A request for postponement of jury service may be done online at http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=3603 or you may submit your request in writing to Carver County District Court (address above), indicate the month that you prefer to serve.

Directions
Click here for directions to the Carver County Justice Center

Parking:  Public parking lots are available in the front and both sides of the government center.

Jury Service Tips

Additional Jury Service Overview can be found at http://www.mncourts.gov/JuryService

The information contained on this site is not intended as legal advice but as a general guide to explain the legal process.