Notice of Jury Service - Frequently Asked Questions
Based on your answers to the Juror Qualification Questionnaire in Stage 1, you are qualified to serve as a federal court juror. Your name was randomly selected from the list of qualified jurors for the Southern District of Indiana.
After you receive your Notice of Jury Service, you are considered “on-call” during your one-month term of service. This means that you are eligible to be summoned for a specific trial. If your name is selected, during your term of service, then you will receive a Summons to Appear for Jury Service approximately two to three weeks prior to the date you are expected to appear. This summons will provide you with specific reporting instructions, i.e., date, time, and place.
Since you likely received the Qualification Questionnaire several months ago, some of your information may have changed. In addition to updating records, the Notice of Jury Service questionnaire seeks supplemental information, which will be used to assist with the jury selection process if you are issued a Summons to Appear during your term of service.
Not at this time. However, the court may offer this option in the future.
What if I cannot return the Notice of Jury Service within 10 days?
Complete both sides of the Notice of Jury Service questionnaire and include the reason for excuse on a separate sheet of paper. Return both the Notice of Jury Service and the request for excuse to the court in the enclosed, postage-paid envelope.
If you have a disability and cannot physically or mentally report for jury service due to this disability, you may return a physician’s statement with your Questionnaire (submission by fax will be accepted provided your juror Participant Number is included); OR
You may include a separate statement with your questionnaire briefly explaining your physical or mental disability. If you are currently employed, please explain why it would be more detrimental to your disability to serve on a jury than your normal employment.
Please note that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunity and obligation to serve as jurors as individuals without disabilities. If you have a physical disability that would affect, but not prevent you from serving as a juror, and you are willing to serve if reasonable accommodation can be provided, please include those special accommodations on a separate statement or call the jury office.
The court will consider requests for excuse which would result in undue hardship or extreme inconvenience because of grave illness or a similar serious problem. Hardship requests for excuse will only be ruled upon if you are issued a Summons to Appear.
The following groups shall be excused upon individual request:
If your request for excuse clearly falls within the five groups of people as defined above, you will receive a letter by U. S. mail excusing you from service. Other hardship requests submitted with the completed Notice of Jury Service questionnaire may be ruled upon by the court. If you are summoned to appear for jury service for a specific date and time and you have not heard from the jury office regarding your request to be excused, please call the jury office.
In order for your excuse to be considered, you must complete and return the Notice of Jury Service questionnaire with your request.
I have already served or have been called for service in county court.
Do I have to serve in the federal court too?
What if I have scheduled appointments or vacations?
If you discover your unavailable dates have changed after you have returned the Notice of Jury Service questionnaire, please submit the change in writing and fax your information to (317) 229-3727.
What if the person who received the Notice of Jury Service is deceased?
If you are a student in or out of state and still have, or use a permanent address in the Southern District of Indiana, you are not exempt from jury service in this Court. Complete both sides of the questionnaire and return it as directed. A family member may complete the questionnaire on your behalf. In doing so, they should sign the Questionnaire, indicating their name and relationship and explain why such action was necessary on a separate sheet of paper.
Regardless of whether you have moved within the state or out of state, please complete the questionnaire in full including your new address in PART 1, located at the bottom of the Notice of Jury Service, and return it in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. Once processed, your address will be updated and, if you are no longer qualified to serve in the Southern District of Indiana, you will receive written notice of your disqualification.
What if I have received a Notice of Jury Service for a person who no
longer permanently resides at this mailing address?
What if I did not receive a return addressed envelope?
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