RECORDED INSTRUCTIONS - Most jury trials in this Court begin on Monday or Tuesday. Per your juror summons, you will be given a date to begin calling for recorded instructions.Typically, you will call 1-800-927-5704 or 736-5483 after 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month for your first recorded message. Contained in those instructions will either be a specific date to report for service or a specific date to call back for additional jury instructions. It is imperative that jurors call on the specified date for the recorded announcement. If you wish to speak directly to the jury staff, you should call the above-referenced numbers during business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
REPORT TIME - You are normally asked to appear at 9:00 a.m. You may be asked to come in at 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.; if this is the case, please have lunch before reporting. You are requested to appear at 7:45 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. on orientation day only. Please note that the Federal building does not open to the public until 7:00 a.m. and the jury lounge will be opened at approximately 8:00 a.m. (excluding orientation day).
WHERE TO REPORT - Each day you are instructed to appear, please report to the Jury Assembly Lounge, Room A-802, on the eighth floor, where you should remain until your attendance is recorded and you are given further instructions. ON ORIENTATION DAY - District Court Judges will actually select trial jurors on orientation day. Jurors should plan on being at the courthouse all day and, if selected, on subsequent days until the trial has concluded.
LENGTH OF SERVICE - You will be on call for jury duty for one month. You should follow your reporting instructions provided in your juror packet. Typically, you will report for jury selection on one specific date as dictated by your code-a-phone message. After your initial reporting date if you are not selected for a trial, you will be contacted by the Clerks Office if additional service is required within that month. Please note that even though you are scheduled for a one-month jury term, a jury trial that commences at the end of the month may continue into the following month.
EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR JURORS - Federal law protects jurors from wage or employment discrimination or intimidation while serving as a juror. 28 U.S.C. § 1875
VACATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS - Please submit in writing along with your juror questionnaire any dates during your month of service that will conflict with your jury duties. These dates will either be blocked out or you may be rescheduled to an alternative jury service month.
JUROR FEES - As a Federal juror, you will receive $40.00 per day and $0.505 per mile (round trip travel) for each day you report for duty. There is no reserved parking area or garage for jurors. Do not park in the Federal parking garage or in the parking area located next to the Federal garage. Jurors should not park at parking meters. Commercial parking facilities are available in several downtown locations. You will be reimbursed up to $10.00 per day when you must pay to park. Jurors are paid bi-monthly by check. Federal government employees are not paid the daily attendance fee unless they report on a non-work day. The exception is employees of the U.S. Postal Service who will receive the $40.00 daily juror fee for every jury day. If you are a Federal government employee, you should advise the Jury Administrator of your work status each day you report.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE - The Jury Administrator does not provide a W-2 form at the end of the calendar year; therefore you should keep a record of the days you report for jury service. Only the $40.00 attendance fee (not travel or parking reimbursements) is required to be reported to the IRS as additional taxable income. An IRS 1099 Miscellaneous form is prepared by the Jury Administrator for each juror who is paid $600.00 or more in jury attendance fees during a calendar year. If the Jury Administrator sends a 1099 Miscellaneous form to the IRS on your behalf, you will be mailed a copy of that form. IRS regulations state that the 1099 forms are due to the recipients by January 31st.
CERTIFICATES OF JUROR ATTENDANCE - The Jury Administrator will provide, upon your request, a certificate of attendance indicating that you were present for jury service on a particular day. These forms are sometimes required by employers, and they can be used as a record of fees to be reported to the IRS as taxable income at the end of the calendar year.
FOR YOUR COMFORT - A cafeteria is located on the first floor of the Federal building. The hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a snack bar in the basement of the building which operates from 6:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sandwiches and pizza are available in the snack bar. Jurors may bring their lunch and utilize the refrigerator and microwave in the jury lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, and bottled water are provided free to jurors. The jury assembly lounge is a non- smoking area. Although the Court makes every effort to prevent jurors from waiting long periods of time, there are occasions when delays are unavoidable. Reading material is available in the jury assembly lounge, but you may want to bring your own. A telephone is also available in the lounge for local calls.
TELEPHONES AND PAGERS - Jurors are prohibited from carrying celluar telephones and beepers in the courthouse while serving on jury service.
QUESTIONS: (615) 736-5483