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Scott County Juror Information

Scott County District Court
200 Fourth Avenue West
Government Center - JC115
Shakopee, MN 55379-1220
Phone: (952)496-8200
Fax: (952) 496-8211
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PLEASE BE AWARE: There is currently a nation-wide identity theft scam where callers try to get personal information under the guise of missed jury duty. Minnesota court staff will never ask prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card or bank account information. We will also never ask for social security numbers over the phone. Do not provide this kind of information to anyone claiming to represent the court system. If you receive this kind of request, hang up and contact your local jury office directly. GENERAL JURY INFORMATION


The Jury Division provides jurors for the Scott County Courts. Trial by jury is a basic American right and the very essence of freedom under our Constitution. Participation of Scott County citizens will help preserve this basic fundamental right.

Authority
The Jury Administration Plan is established in accordance with the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts, Rule 804, and shall be used for the administration of the jury system in the First Judicial District, State of Minnesota.

Jury Information
To be qualified to serve as a Juror in the State of Minnesota, a prospective juror must be:
    1.  A citizen of the United States
    2.  At least 18 years old
    3.  A resident of the county
    4.  Able to communicate in the English language
    5.  Be physically and mentally capable of rendering satisfactory jury service
    6.  A person who has had their civil rights restored if they have been convicted of a felony
    7.  A person who has not served as a state or federal grand or petit juror in the past two years within the State of Minnesota 

The definition of service is:
     a)  Being available to report as required
     b)  Reporting as directed
     c)  Serving on a trial

To respond to your summons for jury service, request a postponement or make changes to your contact information online visit Jury Qualification Questionnaire

Jurors may be permanently excused for the following reasons ONLY:
    1.  A person age 70 or over who requests to be excused
    2.  A person who medically cannot serve with a doctor's statement verifying a permanent illness

Postponements
To better accommodate prospective jurors' work and personal schedules, jurors may request a postponement of their jury duty.  Jury Management will grant only one postponement request per juror.  A request for postponement of jury service may be done online at http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=3603 or you may submit your request in writing to Scott County District Court (address above), indicate the month that you prefer to serve.

Petit Jury Term 

Scott County Petit Jury terms, normally, last for two (2) weeks.  However, no person is required to continue to serve after that person has reported to the courthouse for ten (10) days or after the completion of one trial, whichever is longer. 

Telephone Call-in System

Juror Information Line:  In order to minimize jurors' time away from their normal daily activities, the Scott County Jury Management staff brings jurors to the courthouse only when efforts to settle or plead out a case have been unsuccessful.  Your jury summons will indicate when to start calling the Jury Information line and provide the number to call.

Days and Times You Will be Reporting:  There is absolutely no way to determine in advance what days you will be asked to report for jury duty during your term of service.   You will either know the night before that you will be needed the next morning, or you will be asked to call late in the morning and then may be instructed to report for an afternoon court session. You must be available to report every day of your term.

Call as Instructed:  It is very important that you call as instructed.  If you do not call and you are on the list and do not show up you will be listed as a FAILURE TO APPEAR and a court order may be issued for you, summoning you to the courthouse for a special hearing to explain to the judge why you failed to appear, or a warrant for your arrest may be ordered by the Court. Consequences that may be imposed for failing to appear for jury duty include fines or incarceration.

What To Expect 

Jurors are asked to follow the instructions on the juror message line regarding initial reporting for jury duty.  Your reporting times may vary depending on whether jurors are needed for the morning or afternoon court session.   When reporting, follow these general guidelines:

First Day Reporting:  Enter the Courthouse and follow the signs to the Jury Assembly Room (B10) located in the lower level of the courthouse.  Please report promptly at the time given during the telephone instructions. The Jury Management staff will take attendance, conduct a brief orientation and show an informational video about jury duty, after which jury selection will proceed as ordered by the Court.

Second and Subsequent Days:  Follow the instructions given by the Judge presiding over your trial or the Jury Management staff.

Hours of Operation

The normal hours of operation for Scott County Court Administration are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For initial panel selection, jurors may be asked to report so orientation can be completed by 9:00 a.m.  Once panel selection is complete, jurors will normally be asked to report around 9:00 a.m. when the daily court sessions begin.  

Occasionally, a Judge may ask the panel to stay after normal business hours, particularly if testimony of the current witness could be completed within a short period of time or if the panel is in deliberation.

In any event, if you are a seated juror, please follow the instructions of the Judge presiding over your case. If an emergency arises while you are on a case, promptly advise the bailiff or court staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to dress up if I'm a juror? 
Jurors are expected to be neat in appearance.  Slacks are acceptable for women; men are not required to wear coats or ties.  Jeans are acceptable as long as they are in good condition.  Shorts, muscle shirts, and halter tops are not acceptable courtroom apparel.

How long does a trial last? 
A trial can be completed in one day or go for weeks; however, the average trial lasts one to three days.  The Judge will advise you about the estimated length of the trial during the jury panel selection process.

Scott County Jury Service Tips

Additional Jury Service Overview can be found at http://www.mncourts.gov/JuryService

The information contained on this site is not intended as legal advice but as a general guide to explain the legal process.