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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time do we report each day?
A: On your first day you report at 8:15 a.m. to receive orientation and instructions. For following days you report at 9:00 a.m., unless given some other reporting time.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Parking is expensive in and near the Government Center. Cheaper parking is located near the Metrodome, or north of Washington Avenue. If you must drive, please allow enough time. Many people prefer to take a Metro Transit bus or light rail train.
Q: Do I have to come in every day?
A: Yes, count on being here each day until 4:30 p.m. Even if you are not assigned to a case immediately, there are cases scheduled throughout the day until 4:30 p.m. You might be selected for a later case. When all the cases scheduled for that day settle, you will be released. However, count on being here everyday until 4:30 p.m. so you will not be disappointed. If you are assigned to a particular case, that presiding Judge will set your hours.
Q: I am self employed and I am not getting paid. Do I still have to serve?
A: The fact that you are self-employed will not exempt you from jury service. If you feel this is an extreme undue hardship, you can write a letter explaining this and send it in with your completed questionnaire. More likely, effort will be made to defer you, rather than grant an excusal.
Jury Duty is critical to our system of democracy. It is essential that people be judged by a jury of qualified peers, especially in light of some of the challenging decisions that juries have been faced with recently. The nearly universal sentiment of people who have completed jury service is that the experience was interesting, educational, and definitely worthwhile.
Q: I live or work close by, can I go on-call?
A: Maybe - please see the call-in status page for more information about the on-call option.
Q: Is my employer obligated to let me go if I am summoned as a juror?
A: Yes, your employer is legally obligated to let you go when you are summoned to serve as a prospective juror.
Q: Is my employer obligated to pay my wages while I am on jury service?
A: Unfortunately, no, your employer is not legally obligated to pay your wages. Many employers will make up the difference from your regular pay and the per diem you get from us. You should contact your employer to find out what their policy is.
Q: I am a student and I am in class during the time that I am summoned for jury service. What should I do?
A: If you are a student, we normally postpone your report date to a new date during a break time. Find available dates, call the jury office to postpone, complete your questionnaire, and send it in using the court-addressed envelope that you received.
Q: I am going to school out of town or out of state? What should I do?
A: If you are going to school out of state, unless you are planning on staying there upon graduation, you will be considered a permanent resident of Hennepin County. You will be postponed to one of your school breaks or to the time that you are returning, you will need to request a postponement.
Q: Are any of the following reasons for exclusion from jury duty?
- I am an attorney, police officer, or probation officer
- I have a relative that is an attorney, judge, police officer, or probation officer
- I work for an insurance company.
- I am prejudiced.
- My religious belief
A: None of the reasons above will excuse a person from jury service.
Q: Do I need to fill out the questionnaire even though I have called and postponed my date?
A: Yes, you still need to complete the questionnaire and send it in. If you have sent in the first questionnaire, you don’t need to send in the second questionnaire you receive.