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Jury Information

Sherburne County Court Administrator's Office: 763-765-4600
Juror Information Line: 763-765-4620

Child Care Reimbursement:

Jurors who are not employed outside the home may be reimbursed for childcare expenses incurred as a result of jury services. Jurors who are employed outside the home are not entitled to childcare 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 day care expenditure. All requests for payment must be submitted the last day of your jury service. Receipts for the actual expense must accompany the claim. Reimbursement claim forms can be picked up in the court administrator's office.

Courtroom Decorum:

Casual or comfortable dress is acceptable. Jurors are not allowed to wear hats, smoke, drink beverages, chew gum or use other tobacco products in the courtroom. All books, newspapers or handcraft items must be left in the Jury Room when jurors are involved in courtroom activities. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off when in the courtroom and during the deliberation process should be given to the bailiff or locked in your vehicle for safe-keeping. These items will not be allowed into the deliberation room with you.

Juror Emergency:

If an illness or family emergency prevents attendance at the courthouse, please inform court personnel by calling 763-765-4643 at 8:00am. The same phone number may be given to family members or daycare providers in case an emergency arises during the day.

Juror Hours:

Normal hours for jurors hearing testimony in court cases are 8:30am to 4:30pm. There is usually a one to one and a half hour break for lunch. Jurors brought in to begin new cases will be required to stay at the courthouse until a jury has been selected for the case scheduled. Court personnel will inform jurors as to when they may leave the courthouse.

Juror Information Line:

Jurors are required to call the Juror Information Line (763-765-4620) after 3:30 pm on the Friday before their term begins.  Weekend messages are made on Friday evening at 3:30 pm and run all weekend.  The Juror Information Line will instruct jurors of the time and place to report for jury duty if a trial is scheduled to start, or it will inform jurors of the time and day that they will need to call again Monday through Friday if trials are still pending (Common call-in times are "after 3:30 pm" and "at 11:00 am").  Jurors may be required to report within one and a half hours from call-in time.  The Juror Information Line will continue to give jurors instructions on when to report or when to call again.   The Juror Information Line will also tell you when you have completed your two week term.  Jurors who are not required to report for service at the Sherburne County Courthouse should go about their normal day's activities, i.e., go to their normal place of employment.  When you call the Juror Information Line, be sure you know your group number and listen to the entire message.

Juror Notes:

Note pads and pens will be provided to jurors for the purpose of taking notes during trials.

Juror Sequestration:

In any criminal case involving a jury, there is always the "possibility" that the jury could be sequestered (that is housed at a motel for a duration of the jury deliberation process). As a practical matter, rarely are jury panels 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.

Smoking:

This is a no smoking building and no smoking is allowed in the jury rooms during breaks or deliberation, the bailiff will assist in exiting the building.

Weapons:

Weapons are not allowed in the courthouse.  This includes all firearms, except law enforcement on duty, and knives, including pocket knives.  Please be sure to lock any weapons in your vehicle before entering the courthouse.

Weather/Snow Emergency:

In the event of inclement weather, such as a severe snowstorm, please call the Juror Information Line, 763-765-4620, for a message regarding closing of the Sherburne County Courthouse or a special message for Sherburne County Jurors.

Where To Report:

The Juror Information Line will instruct jurors of the time and place to report for jury assembly and orientation at the Sherburne County Government Center, 13880 Highway 10 West, 13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River, MN.  After jury orientation, Court personnel will escort jurors to the courtroom where individual juries will be selected.  The selection process includes being questioned by the attorneys on the case and the presiding Judge.  If a juror is not selected to serve on a trial, he or she may be released for the remainder of the day and will be instructed by the Judge or Court personnel of the next day and time that they will need to call the Juror Information Line for reporting instructions.

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