Ramsey County Jury Service

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JURORS MUST BRING THEIR SUMMONS WITH EACH DAY OF JURY DUTY
 

Welcome Ramsey County Jurors!
Effective August 2, 2021, Jurors in Ramsey County will be required to wear face coverings.  Additional information about our COVID-19 response can be found on the State Juror Webpage.

Trial by jury is a basic American right, enshrined in both our State and Federal Constitutions. As a prospective juror, you have an opportunity to participate directly in a critical component of our democracy. Jury Duty … an obligation, an honor.


Juror Selection

Each district court randomly selects names from the lists of registered voters and people with driver licenses or state issued identification cards who live in that district. The people randomly selected must complete a questionnaire to help determine if they are qualified to serve on a jury. Those qualified are randomly chosen to appear for jury duty. This selection process helps to make sure that jurors represent a cross section of the community, without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, or political affiliation. 

Jury Pool to Jury Box

Being summoned for jury service does not guarantee that a person will actually serve on a jury. When a jury is needed for a trial, the group of qualified jurors is taken to the courtroom where the trial will take place. The judge and the attorneys then ask the prospective jurors questions to determine their suitability to serve on the jury, a process called voir dire. The judge typically determines if a prospective juror is able to decide the case fairly and may exclude those who cannot. The attorneys also may exclude a certain number of jurors without giving a reason.

Types of Cases Heard by Juries

There are two categories of cases that use juries.
1. Criminal: An individual is accused of committing a crime. A jury of six to twelve people, plus alternates, hear testimony and are presented evidence. The jury must reach a unanimous decision before finding a defendant "guilty." The government must prove the defendant committed the crime "beyond a reasonable doubt."

2. Civil: Disputes between people or businesses over money, injury or damages, return of property, civil rights, or other non-criminal matter. A jury of at least six, but no more than twelve make up a civil jury. The standard of proof in a civil matter is a "preponderance of the evidence." 

Working Together: Judge and Jury

The judge determines the appropriate law that should be applied to the case and the jury finds the facts in the case based on what is presented to them during the proceedings.

At the end of a trial, the judge instructs the jury on the applicable law. While the jury must obey the judge's instructions as to the law, the jury alone is responsible for determining the facts of the case.

Length of Service in Ramsey County

The term of service in Ramsey County is just ONE WEEK. If you are assigned to a trial, you must serve on the trial until you are dismissed. Some trials last longer than a week, but it is more common that jurors are here a week or less. You should plan ahead and make sure you have no appointments or scheduling conflicts during your term of service and the following week.
 
Court hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. 
 
Jurors selected for a trial will receive specific reporting instructions from the judge trying the case. Trials are typically in session from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a noon lunch break.

Call-in Procedure

Either call the juror information line at (651) 266-8232 and listen to a recorded announcement, or check the Juror Reporting Instructions Tab on this web page anytime on the weekend before your term of service (listed on the top right of the summons form). The announcement will contain reporting information by Call in/Group (group) number.
 
If your group number is needed to report, the announcement will include what time and location to report for your jury service. If your group number is not needed, the announcement will give further reporting directions.
 
In addition to the weekend call, jurors must check reporting instructions twice a day during their one week of service until called in or released from further service. The call in schedule during the week is 11:30 a.m. for same afternoon reporting and after 5:00 p.m. for the next morning reporting.
 
Please pay close attention to the Juror Reporting Instructions, making sure to note the reporting times for your group number and any additional instructions.

ONLY REPORT TO THE COURTHOUSE WHEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE Juror Reporting Instructions.

Jurors who are not instructed to report to the courthouse for a particular day are not paid for that day and should plan work accordingly.

Prospective Jurors who have significant difficulties with the call-in procedure or scheduling conflicts should contact the Jury Office at (651) 266-8200 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the business day before your term of service to discuss alternatives. You must speak with a live agent in order to make other arrangements.
Browse the tabs on this page for information about serving as a juror in Ramsey County. For Frequently Asked Questions, information about the juror questionnaire, and other general information visit the Statewide Jury Service Information page.

Jury Assembly Room, 30 Lower Level
Ramsey County Courthouse
15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: (651) 266-8200
Fax: (651) 266-8138

Thank you for your service!

Ramsey County Courthouse is a secured facility and all visitors are subject to weapons screening upon entering.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items WILL be confiscated by security.

  • All weapons (firearms, bullets, knives, etc.)
  • Tasers
  • Tools (screwdriver, hammer, box cutter)
  • Aerosol spray (mace, pepper)
  • Finger nail files and clippers
  • Scissors
  • Needles (knitting, crochet hooks and hair pins)
  • Glass containers (perfume or food containers)
  • Metal utensils
  • Cameras (May have to demonstrate proper function)
Other items may be confiscated at the discretion of the Security Officer
 

Tips to reduce screening time

  • Use all available entrances
  • Remove jackets/coats, belts, watches and heavy jewelry before approaching the screening checkpoint. Place these items in the x-ray container.
  • Put all small items, including loose change, in a jacket/coat pocket, bag or briefcase. Loose metal items in pockets slows the screening process.
There is no secured storage available to jurors. Non-secure storage is available, but jurors are encouraged to keep all valuables with them.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones and other wireless communication devices may be used when jurors are not in the courtroom or deliberations.

 

Laptops/Tablets

Ramsey County District Court allows jurors to bring and use a laptop computer or similar device while waiting in jury assembly area to be sent to a courtroom. The device(s) must be powered off and put away when in court. Wireless internet is available for use while in the jury assembly room.


Reading Materials

Jurors may bring books, magazines and newspapers, but may not read about any stories related to jury service. A limited number of donated books and magazines are available in the jury assembly room. Newspapers are not allowed in the courtroom.
 

Emergency Phone Number – (651) 266-8200

In an emergency, messages can be delivered to jurors using the number above. Court staff will answer this phone number from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will relay a message to a juror as soon as possible.
 

Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the jury area.
 

Break Room / Vending Area

A break room with vending is located on the Lower Level of the Courthouse.

This message is for jurors whose term of service begins Monday, October 18, 2021, that were directed to check for reporting instructions for Monday morning.

Please read carefully.

The Courts are taking measures, including mandatory face coverings, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread and ensure the safety of court interactions. You may go to the Courts webpage for more information at www.mncourts.gov/Reopening.

Call the Jury Office before appearing if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 illness, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Follow the court’s instructions regarding whether and when to report for jury service. 651-266-8200.

The following Call in /Group numbers must report to the Jury Assembly Room, Room 30, Lower Level, City Hall / Courthouse, 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, between 8:30 and 8:45 AM on Monday, October 18th.

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12  and  13

If your Call-in / Group number is not listed above, you must check again after 11:30 AM on Monday for reporting instructions for Monday afternoon.

It is important to note that jurors may be directed to report to the courthouse with less than 75 minutes notice for the afternoon, so please plan accordingly.

**The Kellogg Blvd entrance is closed. Please use either the 4th Street or Skyway entrance to access the building.

IF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS PAGE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED, PLEASE CALL 651-266-8232 FOR REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS.
 
Thank you, stay safe and have a great day.
The Jury Assembly Room is located in the Ramsey County Courthouse:
Ramsey County Courthouse
Room 30, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102


Phone: (651) 266-8200
Fax: (651) 266-8138
 

Entering the Courthouse

All courthouse visitors must go through security screening.

The Ramsey County Courthouse has two public entrances:
 

Parking

Jurors must pay for their own parking.  There are three parking ramps on Wabasha St. within one block of the courthouse.

Do not park at a meter. Jurors will not be able to leave the courthouse or access a device during court to reload a meter.

Handicap street parking is limited to 4 hours and requires moving the vehicle over lunch. 

Visit the City of Saint Paul's website for a parking and skyway information.
 

Public Transportation

Metro Transit can provide bus and train schedules and Park and Ride locations.

A bus pass is included in the jury summons for the first-day only. No other passes are available from the Jury Office.

Jurors must arrange for their own transportation to jury service.