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15 West Kellogg Boulevard,
Room 30 (lower level)
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Phone: (651) 266-8200
Fax (651) 266-8138
Email: secondjury@courts.state.mn.us
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Juror
Qualification
Questionnaire

PLEASE BE AWARE: There is currently a nationwide identity theft scam being committed where people are called and asked to give their personal information under the guise of missed jury duty. Minnesota Court staff will never ask prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card, bank account, or Social Security information. DO NOT provide this kind of information to anyone over the phone claiming to represent the court system. If you receive this kind of request, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency and your local jury office directly.

General Instructions to Jurors

Important: Bring your Summons with you each day of Jury Duty. Do not bring communication devices (phones, pagers, PDA's).  Phones are available in the Jury Assembly Room.  For jurors who would like to bring a laptop computer with them while serving as a juror in Ramsey County, wireless internet is now available for use while in the jury assembly room. Logon and password information will be available following orientation.
First Day: Report to the Jury Assembly Room, 30 Lower Level, Ramsey County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. to receive orientation and instructions. Usually, if you are not assigned to a trial you will be dismissed at 4:30 p.m.
Parking Information  

Length of Service
How long is my service?
What are the hours of service? 
Do you have an on call system? 
If I am released early for the day, do I have to report back to work?
How Jury Service Works

Why must I serve?
What happens if I don't serve?
Will I receive additional notification prior to my service date?   
Is there a dress code?  
Is lunch provided?
Does my employer have to release me?  
Does my employer have to pay me?   


On-site Resources
Is there an emergency number I can give to someone in case they need to contact me?  
Is there a TV in the assembly room?  
Is there a work room? 
Do you have Wi-Fi? 
Are there phones that I can use?
Can I bring a cell phone?
Can I bring a laptop/tablet?
Are lockers available to store my belongings?
Are books and magazines allowed?
Exemption from Service
Am I exempt from service if I'm currently on active duty military?
How do I submit my military service information?

Am I exempt from service if I'm a member of the National Guard/Reserves?
Am I exempt from service if I am a police officer?  
Am I exempt from service if I am related to a police officer?
Am I exempt from service if I am an attorney?   
Am I exempt from service if I am related to an attorney?  
Am I exempt from service if I am racist?
Am I exempt from service if I am a stay-at-home parent?
Am I exempt from service if I am a caregiver for someone?
Am I exempt from service if I am a student and go to school in a different county or state?
I am a student and my date of service falls during the school year. What should I do?
May I be excused from service if I am not going to be in the state or county for more than nine months?
Do my religious beliefs disqualify me?
What if I cannot go beyond my week of service?  
What if I cannot be sequestered?  
Can I be permanently removed from your system?
Can someone else come in my place?    
I have a physical and/or mental disability that will affect my ability to serve; do I need to get a doctor's note?  
I am 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused, do I need to fill out the rest of this form?  
If I know that I am not qualified, do I still need to fill out the questionnaire?   
Postponement of Service 
 

How do I postpone my jury service?
Other questions
Is parking available?
My summons came with a bus pass.  Will I get more?     
How was I selected?  
Can I volunteer to serve on Jury Duty?  
How do I... 
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Length of Service

How long is my service?

Jury Service is one week, meaning if you are not on a case by the end of the week, your service is complete; However, once seated on a case you will serve until the conclusion of the trial, however long that takes.

What are the hours of service?

On your first day of service you will need to report at 8:30 a.m. in order to receive an orientation. After the first day, your hours of service may vary. You need to plan to be at the courthouse from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. When all cases scheduled for that day settle, you will be released. However, count on being here every day until 4:30. If you are selected as a juror on a case you will follow the Judge's instructions.

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Do you have an on-call system?

Yes, but you must report on the first day of service at 8:30 a.m. as it states on your summons. If you are not on a case by the END of the day on your first day of service, you will be placed on call. You will be directed to call a number each night to listen to a message that will give instructions for the following day. You will either be required to report to the Courthouse or you will have the day off and should go about your regular business. Again, you still need to plan to be here every day Monday thru Friday from 8:30 until 4:30. Just because you have a day off does NOT mean your service is over. You will still be on call for the entire week.

If I am released early for the day, do I have to report back to work?

Please discuss this with your employer.

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How Jury Service Works

Why must I serve?

The Constitutions of the United States and the State of Minnesota guarantee defendants in criminal cases and litigants in civil cases the right to a trial by jury. As a prospective juror, you have an opportunity to participate directly in a critical component of our democracy.

What happens if I don't serve?

Failure to appear for jury service is a misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to a $1,000.00 fine and up to 90 days in jail (per Minnesota Statutes Chapter 593.40).

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Will I receive additional notification prior to my service date?

Yes. We will provide a courtesy reminder the week prior to your scheduled date. Unless you have been notified otherwise, the date on your summons is the date you should report for service. 

Is there a dress code?

No. There is no formal dress code.  You can dress comfortably as long as it's not distracting to others.

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Is lunch provided?

No. There is a refrigerator available for your use. There is a microwave for your use as well as vending machines. There will be skyway maps that will help direct you to points of interest. Local Restaurants

Does my employer have to release me?

Yes.

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Does my employer have to pay me?

No, your employer is not legally obligated to pay your wages.  Many employers make up the difference from your regular pay and the per diem you get from the state. Contact your employer to determine their policy.


On-site Resources

Is there an emergency number I can give to someone in case they need to contact me?

Yes, 651-266-8200. There will be someone answering the phone from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will relay the message to you as soon as possible.

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Is there a TV in the assembly room?

Yes, there is a TV with a cable box. This is in a separate room for those who would like to watch television.

Is there a work room?

Yes. There is an adjacent work room with 4 computers and several work stations with power outlets. There is also a fax, copier and phone. Additional work spaces with power outlets are available in the main room as well. First come first served.  Printers are not available.

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Do you have Wi-Fi?

Yes. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the jury area.

Are there phones that I can use?

Yes. Courtesy phones are available in the jury assembly room. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I bring a cell phone?

Yes.  Cell phones may be used when not in the courtroom.  Some judges prohibit phones entirely.

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Can I bring a laptop/tablet?

Yes, laptops and tablets are allowed. Wi-Fi is available for your use while waiting in the jury assembly room.

Are lockers available to store my belongings?

No.  Non-secure storage is available.  All valuables should remain with you.

Are books and magazines allowed?

Books and magazines are allowed in the jury assembly room. We have some donated magazines and books available for your use. Newspapers are not allowed in the courtroom.

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Exemption from Service

Am I exempt from service if I'm currently on active duty military? / How do I submit my military service information?

Yes.  Submit a copy of the first page of your current orders (SSN redacted) via fax, e-mail, or mail.  Use the contact information at the top of this page.

Am I exempt from service if I'm a member of the National Guard/Reserves?

No.

Am I exempt from service if I am a police officer?

No.

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Am I exempt from service if I am related to a police officer?

No.

Am I exempt from service if I am an attorney?

No.

Am I exempt from service if I am related to an attorney?

No.

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Am I exempt from service if I am racist?

No.

Am I exempt from service if I am a stay-at-home parent?

No, although you can request a postponement to make arrangements for child care. Childcare reimbursement is available for those who qualify.

Am I exempt from service if I am a caregiver for someone?

Yes. Submit a doctor's note for the person for whom you care asking that you be excused so that you can provide 24 hour care to them.

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Am I exempt from service if I am a student and go to school in a different county or state?

No.  If your permanent residency is still in Ramsey County (i.e. your driver's license and/or you have registered to vote here), you are a resident of Ramsey County and are required to serve. If the date of service does not work for your school schedule, complete the questionnaire and fill out the postponement section. Choose a date when you are on a break from school.

I am a student and my date of service falls during the school year.  What should I do?

Complete the questionnaire and request a postponement.

May I be excused from service if I am not going to be in the state or county for more than nine months?

Yes, qualified jurors may be excused if they meet certain requirements.  Contact the jury office for details. 

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Do my religious beliefs disqualify me?

No.

What if I cannot go beyond my week of service?

If you have a conflict with the following week, you should request a postponement.

What if I cannot be sequestered?

If you have concerns about being sequestered, please address those concerns in the courtroom and to the Judge.

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Can I be permanently removed from your system?

No.

Can someone else come in my place?

No.

I have a physical and/or mental disability that will affect my ability to serve; do I need to get a doctor's note?

Yes. If you have a long term (greater than 9 months) or permanent disability, submit a medical statement indicating that you are not able to perform jury service. If the disability is short term, request a postponement to a date you will be able to serve within 9 months of your original service date.

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I am 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused, do I need to fill out the rest of this form?

Complete the jury questionnaire and return it to the jury office.

If I know that I am not qualified, do I still need to fill out the questionnaire?

Yes. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 593.40, you may be guilty of a crime if you do one of the following: Fail to return this jury questionnaire, misrepresent information on this jury questionnaire, or fail to show up for jury service as directed. Jury office staff will notify you if you are disqualified.

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Postponement of Service

How do I postpone my jury service?

Complete the questionnaire and request a postponement in one of these three ways:

  • Fill out the postponement section of either the paper or online questionnaire.
  • Call the jury office to make your request.
  • Submit your request by e-mail to the jury office

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Other questions

Is parking available?

Parking is at your own expense so you are free to choose your parking ramp.  Do not park at a meter. You will not be able to plug the meter. The closest parking ramps with early-bird rates are the Lowry Ramp and the Victory Ramp.  Handicap street parking is limited to 4 hours and requires moving the vehicle over lunch. Other nearby parking.

My summons came with a bus pass.  Will I get more?

No.  The pass is for your first day only.  You will need to make your own arrangements for the rest of the week.

How was I selected?

Driver's License, Voter's Registration and/or State I.D.

Can I volunteer to serve on Jury Duty?

No.  Selection of jurors is random.

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General information regarding jury service can be found on the State Judicial Branch website.  This includes Statewide Frequently Asked Questions and the Juror Qualification Questionnaire.

RAMSEY COUNTY SPECIFIC QUICK LINKS

Ramsey County Jury FAQ's

Click here to see a Saint Paul parking and skyway map

Click here to get Metro Transit bus information
 

BRING YOUR SUMMONS WITH YOU EACH DAY OF JURY DUTY

DO NOT BRING:

  • Communication Devices (Phones, Pagers, and PDA's)
  • Weapons are not allowed in the courthouse.  The facility is fully secured and all visitors are subject to weapons screening upon entering the facility. 

The Second Judicial District is pleased to announce that for jurors who would like to bring a laptop computer with them while serving as a juror in Ramsey County, wireless internet is now available for use while in the jury assembly room.

WHERE TO APPEAR: The Ramsey County Courthouse is located at 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. in downtown St. Paul between Wabasha and St. Peter Streets.

FIRST DAY: Report to the Jury Assembly Room, 30 Lower Level, Ramsey County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. to receive orientation and instructions. Usually, if you are not assigned to a trial you will be dismissed at 4:30 p.m.

LENGTH OF SERVICE: The length of service is ONE WEEK (or until the trial concludes, if in trial at the end of the week). Court sessions normally last until 4:30 p.m.

PARKING: Parking is expensive near the courthouse. There are three commercial ramps on Wabasha St. within one block of the courthouse. You may want to consider public transportation. Metro Transit (612)373-3333 can provide bus schedules and Park and Ride locations. Mileage is automatically computed from the farthest part of your zip code. Do not complete the roundtrip mileage in section B of your summons.

QUESTIONS: If questions remain, contact the Jury Office Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at: (651)266-8200, Fax: (651)266-8138


Minnesota Judicial System Juror Day Care Reimbursement Requirements

  1. Jurors who are not employed outside the home may be reimbursed for child care expenses that are incurred as a result of reporting for jury service.
  2. Jurors who are employed outside the home are not entitled to reimbursement for child care expenses unless, as a result of jury service, those expenses are greater than normally incurred.
    Jurors may request reimbursement only for the amount not normally incurred.
  3. Reimbursement for child care expenses to those jurors entitled to it shall be:

    Licensed Child Care: Actual expenses, not to exceed $50.00 per day of service.  Receipts for actual expenses must be submitted with the claim.

    Non-licensed Child care/in-home baby sitter: Actual expenses up to $5.00 per hour, not to exceed $40.00 per day of service. The child care provider must sign the reimbursement claim.
  4. All requests for reimbursement of childcare must be submitted on the Request for Child Care Reimbursement form.

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