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No. Parents with children residing in the home are not automatically excused from jury service. If we excluded all parents with small children, our jury pool would not truly be representative of our community. You are responsible for arranging for your own child care if you are called for jury service. Special consideration may be given to a mother who is currently breastfeeding an infant.
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All juror questionnaires must be completed and returned for processing within two days of receipt. A person willfully or corruptly making false answers to any of the questions shall be deemed guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Failure to answer questions shall be punishable with contempt of court. (K.SA. 43-161).
If it is necessary for another person to fill out the form for you, his or her name, address, and the reason for their assistance should be stated on the back of the questionnaire.
The 14th Judicial District uses the list of licensed drivers provided by the State of Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A computer randomly selects a pool of county citizens who may be qualified as potential jurors for upcoming jury trials.
If you are not a county resident, you cannot serve as a juror in this county. Some people live near county borders and may receive an incorrect juror questionnaire. You should note that information in writing on the questionnaire and return it to the issuing county.
A juror must be 18 years of age. While there is no law regarding a maximum age disqualification, the 14th Judicial District will excuse jurors over the age of 70, if requested. Please indicate your preference on the juror questionnaire.
The Court will accommodate anyone summoned to serve as a juror. Please indicate your needs when your return the questionnaire. You may also request relief from serving as a juror if the service creates a hardship. However, such a request does not guarantee you will be excused.
You will not be required to report for jury duty or serve as a juror more than once in a 12-month period. If you receive a questionnaire to complete for jury qualification twice in a year's time, please indicate such on your questionnaire and court personnel will excuse you. You may receive more than one summons to appear to serve as a juror within any given year if previous appearance dates were cancelled by the court.
If you are a full-time college student, living a considerable distance from the city where court is held, please indicate that on your juror questionnaire. Each student requesting excused status will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Jury service is the duty of all citizens, including employers and employees. Employers must not reprimand you for jury service. The District Court will provide documentation of your attendance for your employer upon request. If you have any questions or problems please call the telephone number on your summons.
The Clerk of District Court will provide a letter verifying your jury service upon request.
Yes. You should call the message number the evening before you are scheduled to appear. The message will either instruct you to appear or cancel your appearance. It is your responsibility to call as directed on your summons as you will not be notified in any other manner in the event of a cancellation. If you appear for a cancelled trial because you failed to call as directed, you will not be paid juror fees or mileage.
Cell phones or other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom.
The dress code for jury duty is business casual. Shorts and tank tops are not acceptable attire. The temperature in the courtroom may fluctuate so it is recommended to dress in layers. Do not wear a uniform of any kind, including but not limited to:
Jurors will receive $10 for each day they appear. In addition, jurors will be paid mileage if they live outside the city limits of the courthouse location. Payments will be made by the county.