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Hennepin County Jury Service

Hennepin County District Court »

Phone: (612) 348-3158

Welcome Hennepin County Jurors


Please only come to the Government Center for Jury Service if your group number has been called for service.  If you are called in for service, please bring your summons.
 
District courts that have resumed criminal jury trials must comply with the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, implement recommendations for Re-Starting Jury Trials during COVID-19. These documents address changes to facilities and protocols that must be followed to meet social distancing and safety needs, and were developed with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Courts are required to partner with local public health and criminal justice partners to ensure an environment with proper social distancing and safety measures.
 
You must still complete your Juror Qualification Questionnaire according to the instructions on your summons. We thank you in advance for completing your Qualification Questionnaire online if you are able. We also recommend signing up for electronic communications in the Qualification Questionnaire. In an effort to minimize the time jurors spend at the courthouse, we are also asking that summoned jurors complete the Hennepin Supplemental Juror Questionnaire
 
  • In consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, we have developed plans that include space for social distancing.
  • Hennepin County has developed an extensive cleaning protocol for our court facilities.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available in each courtroom.
  • Everyone will be spread out in a courtroom to provide space for social distancing.
  • We encourage you to wear your own face covering; we will have a supply of face coverings.
  • Jurors are encouraged to bring their own water and snacks to the Government Center at this time.
Download the free My Minnesota Juror mobile app for information about direction, jury services and court safety.

Further information can be found on the Juror Call-in Status tab of this site as well as the State Juror Webpage.
 
See further information from Hennepin County regarding COVID-19.
As citizens, we all enjoy the rights of due process and the right to a trial before a jury of our peers. Your service as a juror makes this possible.

Browse the tabs on this page for information about serving as a juror in Hennepin County. For FAQs, trial experience and general information, visit the Statewide Jury Service Information page.

For your convenience, we encourage you to use all of our online communication tools to stay in touch with the Jury Office.

Thank you for your service!

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Petit Jurors

Most people who receive a jury summons serve as petit jurors. Petit jurors serve on jury panels in both civil and criminal cases. Petit jurors listen to the evidence offered during a trial and return a verdict. A verdict in a civil case may be a finding for the plaintiff or for the defendant. A verdict in a criminal case finds the defendant guilty or not guilty.
 

Grand Jurors

People summoned to serve as grand jurors consider evidence the State has gathered before a trial in a criminal case. They make decisions about whether enough evidence exists for the State to move forward with the charges and prosecute the defendant.

Juror Pay


Petit and grand jurors are compensated for jury service at a rate determined by the Supreme Court for the days they are present, plus round-trip mileage from juror's residence to the Government Center.

Petit Jurors, upon completion of their jury service, should receive their check in the mail approximately one week later.

Grand Jurors should receive their check in the mail approximately one week after each week they are in session during their four month term.

Petit Juror

If you are summoned to serve as a Petit Juror, you may postpone your service for up to one year. To postpone your service, you must do one of the following before your summons date:
  • Call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158;
  • Send your request in writing; or
  • When you complete the online Jury Questionnaire, you may request to postpone your service online at that time.

Grand Juror

If you are summoned to serve as a Grand Juror, you may not postpone your service date. You must complete the paper Juror Questionnaire that you received in the mail and return it in the pre-paid envelope. If you have questions, please call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158.

In Hennepin County, the Grand Jurors usually meet each Thursday at 8:45 a.m. over a four-month period. The schedule varies; sometimes, your session may be completed in half a day, and other times you could be required to appear two days in the same week.

Please only come to the Hennepin County Government Center for Jury Service if your group number has been called for service.  If you are called in for service, please bring your summons.
 

All Jurors:
  • Prepare for Jury Service: Arrange your schedule (e.g., work, childcare, etc.) so that you are available to go to court (if needed) on each business day during your two-week service period.  However, you will only report to the Jury Office once your group number has been instructed to do so.  Additionally, you will be paid for days that you come to the courthouse as directed.
  • Complete your questionnaires:
  • Day before your service start date: You must call the Message Line or click the Juror Reporting Information tab on our website on the Sunday evening before your service start date to see if you need to report to the courthouse by 8:15 a.m. for orientation on the first day of your service (usually a Monday).
  • Day of your service start date: If your Group Number does not have to report in on the first morning of your service start date, you must call the Message Line or click the Juror Reporting Information tab on our website at or after 12:15 p.m. that day to see if you need to report at 1:30 p.m. that same day.  Do not check before 12:15 p.m. as the message is not updated until that time, or could be modified.
  • Evening of your service start date:  If your Group Number does not have to report for service on your service start date, then you must call the Message Line or click the Juror Reporting Information tab on our website at or after 6:30 p.m. on your service start date to see if you have to report at 9:00 a.m. the next morning.
  • Each day thereafter:  You must continue to call the Message Line or click the Juror Reporting Information tab on our website two times each day (at or after 12:15 p.m. and at or after 6:30 p.m.) for your two-week service term, or as instructed for your Group number via the Message Line or Juror Reporting Information tab.
  • Report for Jury Service:  Once jurors are called in to report, they will continue to physically report to the Government Center each day for jury service until they are informed otherwise by the Jury Office staff, judicial staff, or judge.

Questions? Call the Jury Office at (612) 348-3158.


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This is the status update for on-call jurors Sunday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m.

No jurors on-call will need to report tomorrow, Monday, at 8:15 a.m.  Please check for the next update, tomorrow, at/after 12:15 p.m. to see if your group is to report by 1:30 that same day.


Please note:  do not check this message prior to the times listed above, as the message is subject to change up until those times.
 

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Hennepin Jury Office
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Floor C-24
Jury Assembly Room
Minneapolis, MN 55487 Map »
Phone: (612) 348-3158


Directions

The Hennepin County Government Center is located in downtown Minneapolis at 300 South 6th Street (between 3rd Ave. S. and 4th Ave. S.) The building has two towers (C-Tower and A-Tower) that span across 6th Street. The north side of the building faces 5th Street and the Government Plaza transit station. There is a public entrance on that side of the building. The south side of the building faces 7th Street and there is also a tree-lined plaza and public entrance to the building.

People can also enter the Government Center from the skyway (2nd floor), which is called the Skyway Level. If you enter the building from the street level, take the escalator up one level to the skyway level. There is a fountain, cafe, and Information Desk on that level.

Follow the signs for Courts on the skyway level, which will lead you into the C-Tower. Continue on weapon screening. Please allow extra time to go through weapon screening. Elevators are located just past weapon screening. Take an elevator to the 24th floor and follow the signs for Jury Assembly Room.

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