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The Importance of Jury Service:
The Constitutions of the United States and of Minnesota guarantee the right of jury to persons appearing in our courts for most types of cases. The concept of a trial by jury has existed in America for the past 200 years.
Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice. While the judge determines the law to be applied in the case, the jury decides the facts based on the evidence presented in court. Jury service is a high duty of citizenship. Jurors are obligated to perform this service honestly and conscientiously, without fear or favor.
How Jurors are Selected?
Jurors are randomly selected from drivers' license and voter registration files. A jury panel is randomly drawn from the random jury list and is summoned to appear at the courthouse. Under the law, to be qualified for jury service, a person must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in Minnesota for 30 days. The person must also be a resident of the county, able to understand English and have never been convicted of a felony.
The people who are summoned to serve constitute the jury panel. Usually, six people will constitute a jury for civil cases, but the number may be twelve for criminal cases.
A recorded message provides jurors with specific reporting information. Jurors are asked to call 1-877-313-6206, select OPTION 4 or call 320-231-6540 each weekend during their term of jury service. The message will be available from 5:00 p.m. on Friday to 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Jurors may call anytime during that period. A juror may be placed on standby and directed to call on a specific weekday during that week. If a juror is unable to reach the recorded jury message or needs assistance, they should call 320-231-6206 during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A juror receives $10.00 for each day that they report to the courthouse. A juror will also be reimbursed $.27 per mile for round trip travel to the courthouse from their residence. If a juror meets certain guidelines, they may be eligible for reimbursement of childcare expenses. Information and forms are available when they report. Jurors should check with their employer to find out if they are paid regular wages for serving as a juror.
Juror parking is provided in a number of city parking lots adjacent to the courthouse.
An orientation will be provided the first reporting day for each new juror. The orientation lasts about thirty minutes and is held in the jury room located on the lower level or the Kandiyohi County Courthouse at 505 S.W. Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar.
Request for Postponement/Excusal:
If a juror has a scheduling conflict and/or extreme hardship, they can request a postponement from service to a date that is more convenient with their schedule. We do our best to accommodate jurors' pre-planned business, vacation and medical schedules.
We have equipment available for use by the hearing impaired.