Jurors perform a valuable role in the justice system. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of the judge and jury working together. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Jurors must be men and women who possess sound judgment, honesty and a complete sense of fairness. Jury service is a duty of citizenship.
A person is qualified to serve as a juror if that person:
- Is at least 18 years of age.
- Is a citizen of this state and of the city.
- Is of sound mind and good moral character.
- Has not been convicted of a felony.
- Is not under indictment of other legal accusation of misdemeanor or felony theft or any other felony.
- Has not served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in a district court.
A person may claim exemption if that person:
- Is older than 70.
- Has legal custody of a child or children younger than 12, and serving on the jury requires leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
- Is a student of a public or private secondary school.
- Is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education.
- Is an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives or any other department, commission, board, office or any agency in the legislative branch of state government.
- Is a primary caretaker of a person who a person invalid unable to care for him/herself.
- Is a member of U.S. Military Forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person's home station and out of the person's country of residence.