A JUROR’S GUIDE… All qualified people must have an equal How long do I have to serve? Do I get paid? TO JURY SERVICE chance to be considered for jury duty…and the obligation to serve as jurors You will be on call for a period not to Yes. Every juror summoned is paid an when summoned. exceed 30 days. If the Code-A-Phone amount set by the county board. Currently WELCOME! You’ve been chosen for message cancels your service for the first the rate is $25/day, plus mileage, for each jury service in the Winnebago County week of service, you will be given a day of attendance. The mileage rate is Circuit Court. The right to a trial by jury Do I have to serve? second week to serve. If your service is $0.485/mile round trip based on your is the cornerstone of our country’s justice not required the second time you are on response to the juror questionnaire. system. As a juror, you have a vital role to Yes – in most instances. The law requires call, your service is complete. play in this state’s court system! all qualified state citizens be available to What about my job? serve as jurors. Not all persons summoned The orientation session will give you an Have Questions? This brochure’s purpose actually serve as a juror. A person may opportunity to have any questions is to answer some of the most common Jury service is a civic duty. State law not be selected as a result of a process answered prior to going into court for questions asked. More questions? Please protects your job. Your employer can’t known as “voir dire” (vwa deer) whereby selection. Please feel free to bring feel free to call (920) 236-4853 to talk to a fire you, demote you, threaten or the parties in the case (and the judge in materials with you in which to occupy this jury clerk. intimidate you because of jury service. some circumstances) ask questions to time. determine a potential juror’s qualifications Why Me? or degree of impartiality to serve on a The selection process will begin after What if I have a disability? particular trial. orientation. If you are selected, you will Why not? Trial by jury is a cherished remain for the length of the trial. Most If you have a disability which will require constitutional right. Every resident of an The court may excuse a person from jury trials are completed that same day or an accommodation by the court to allow area served by a circuit court who is at service if the court determines the person within a few days. you to serve as a juror, please contact the least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and able cannot fulfill the responsibilities of a juror. Jury Clerk at (920) 236-4853 or the Clerk to understand English is qualified to serve of Court at (920) 236-4849 as soon as If the court determines jury service would So I’m summoned to jury duty… as a juror. entail undue hardship, extreme possible. What’s next? inconvenience, serious obstruction or No person who is qualified and able to delay of justice, the court may defer Will I be waiting long? serve may be excluded on the basis of sex, Enclosed is your summons for jury duty. service to a later date set by the court. The race, color, sexual orientation, disability, This summons lists the day and time you court may require a person document the Resolving legal disputes can be complex religion, national origin, marital status, need to report. As cases can settle prior to basis for any excuse or deferral. and unpredictable work. Often, cases are family status, income, age, ancestry or trial, it is very important that you call settled at the very last minute. When the physical condition. the code-a-phone (Oshkosh 920-236- If serving during the week for which you jury is actually ready to hear the case, the 4998 or Neenah 920-727-2898) between were summoned is a problem, you can parties often work out a last-minute A person selected for jury service must be 6:00 p.m. the night before and 7:00 a.m. arrange to serve a different week by compromise rather than gamble on what selected at random from a master listing the day you are to report. You will be told calling (920) 236-4853. This request the jury will decide. These settlements using the Wisconsin Department of whether you should still report, if there has should be made at least one week prior may seem very inconvenient to you, but Transportation’s list of people with motor to your start date. Only one request for been a change in the time to report, or any such settlements usually save time for all vehicle licenses or identification cards other information that could effect your deferral will be granted. trial participants-and saves the taxpayers’ who live in the area served by that circuit service. Please listen carefully to all the money. And yes – you may want to bring court. information given. something to read – it will help make the time pass. What should I wear? - FOLD AND PLACE SO THE WORD “AUTHORIZED” IS IN CAR WINDOW – AUTHORIZED Dress comfortably, but avoid extremes in dress; for instance, ragged cutoff jeans/T- shirts or clothing with inappropriate or offensive writing on them. There are A JUROR’S GUIDE usually no prescribed dress codes, but judges have been known to order people to reappear in appropriate attire. TO Can I go home at night? JURY SERVICE Most trials last only one day. When a trial does last longer, the judge usually adjourns so that you can return home each IN THE day at a reasonable hour. Advance notice would be given if you would be required to stay overnight. CIRCUIT COURTS More questions or concerns about your jury service? Call the jury clerk at (920) OF 236-4853. We are ready to help. We look forward to meeting you and hope, WINNEBAGO COUNTY as most do, that meeting your civic responsibility to serve as a juror is an interesting, educational and rewarding experience. Why me? … and other common Diane M. Fremgen PARKING… questions about jury duty. Winnebago County Clerk of Parking is provided in the parking lot on Circuit Court the corner of Algoma Boulevard and Dawes Street across from the courthouse. Place this brochure with the word WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT “AUTHORIZED” facing out in your JURY SERVICE AND COURT window or you may be subject to a TRIALS? parking ticket. Additional parking is available in the Courthouse lot at 415 Visit the Wisconsin Court System website Jackson Street, which can be entered from June 2007 at http://wicourts.gov and look for The Jackson Street, Church Avenue or Algoma Wisconsin Jury Handbook. Boulevard.