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Goodhue County Juror Information

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The Jury Division provides jurors for the Goodhue County Courts. Trial by jury is a basic American right and the very essence of freedom under our Constitution. Participation of Goodhue County citizens will help preserve this basic fundamental right. Residents are selected at random from voter registration, driver license and Minnesota State ID lists to serve as jurors. Approximately 1,500 Goodhue County residents are summoned to serve as jurors every year.

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 Goodhue County District Court (address above), indicate the month that you prefer to serve.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Petit Jury Service

When do I report?
A "Notice to Report" will be mailed to you designating a specific DATE and TIME to report. Generally, jury trials are scheduled for Mondays and jurors are told to report at 12:30pm the first day. The "Notice to Report" instructs you to first call a recording before you report to find out if you are still required to come as sometimes cases settle or are continued.

If you are chosen to be on a jury panel for a case, you will normally be here from 9:00am to 4:30pm. When the jury panel is deliberating their verdict, you may be required to stay later.

Where do I report? 
Report to the Goodhue County Justice Center, 454 West 6th Street, Red Wing MN 55066, Minnesota.  Enter the main doors to the Justice Center, turn left and proceed to the end of the hallway until you reach the jury assembly room.

How do I reach the Goodhue County Jury Manager?
You can reach the Jury Manager by calling 651-267-4818 from 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. We are located at Goodhue County Justice Center, 454 West Sixth Street, Red Wing MN 55066.

How long will I be there?
The hours of court are generally 9 – 4:30 each day.  If you are not selected on a trial, you may be released early.  If you are selected, you will be here until 4:30.  If you are deliberating on a case, you may be here late in the evening.

Where can I park?
The county provides a free parking lot in front of the Justice Center. There is an additional parking lot across the street.

Do I have to come in every day?
NO. As a Petit Juror you will be "on call" for three (3) months. This does not mean that you will be required to report every day or even weekly. You will not come in until you receive either a "Notice to Report" for jury service or a telephone call from the jury clerk.

What if I have moved out of the County?
You are not eligible to serve as a juror in Goodhue County if you have moved out of the county.  However, we need this information in writing.  We ask that you complete the jury questionnaire and include your new address.  Once we receive this information, we will confirm by letter that you are disqualified.  This also applies if you plan to move before your jury term.  In that case, give us the effective date of your move.

I am more than 70 years old and want to be excused.  Do I still have to fill in the entire form?
You are required to check off the question that asks, “Do you wish to be excused?”  Then on the reverse side of the summons, fill in your date of birth and sign the form.  We encourage you to complete the entire form for statistics purposes, however, it is not required.

Do I have to provide a doctor’s statement to be excused?
You are required to submit a doctor’s statement to be excused.  If your condition is of a temporary nature, you will be granted an automatic postponement upon request.  A postponement does not require a doctor’s statement.

Do I have to dress up for jury service?  
Jurors are expected to have a neat appearance.  Slacks are acceptable for women.  Men are not required to wear coats or ties.  Jeans are allowed as long as they are neat and clean. Shorts are not allowed.

May I make any telephone calls when waiting in the jury assembly room?  
Yes, we have telephones in the assembly room for placing local calls.

Is there an emergency telephone number to leave with my family?  
Yes, the number for the Jury Administration Office is 651-267-4818.  A message will be relayed to you as soon as possible by our staff.

May I bring a cellular phone with me? 
Cellular phones are not allowed in the courtrooms so jurors should not bring them.

May I bring in my personal computer so I can do some work?
Yes, there are electrical outlets but no telephone lines are available.

Will I immediately be assigned to a courtroom upon reporting? Initially you will be sitting in a jury assembly room while waiting for courtroom assignments.  You are encouraged to bring reading materials, etc., to pass the time while waiting.  

May I go out to lunch when I am on jury service?  
If you are on a jury panel you will have approximately one hour lunch break. You may go out or you may bring your lunch and eat it in the jury assembly room.

Can I still serve if I am hard of hearing?
Yes, we have a sound system in the jury assembly room and in all of the courtrooms.  Some of the courtrooms have audio headphones.  If you are hearing impaired, please contact us upon receipt of the summons, and we will schedule a sign language interpreter.

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.