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Juror FAQs

  • When do I get paid?

    Jury payment is mailed after the trial for which a juror has reported has been completed.  If the trial lasts for more than one week the checks will be prepared weekly.

  • Why wasn’t I excused after I requested an excuse?

    Excuses are not automatically granted.  They are individually reviewed.  You must elaborate your reasons for your excuse on a separate sheet of paper and send it in with your information form OR you may submit your excuse using the eJuror program.  If you are requesting an excuse because of medical reasons you MUST provide a recent, original letter from your doctor stating what your medical condition is and that it would interfere with your serving on jury duty.  When the court takes action on your request you will be notified by mail, e-mail or by phone.  You may also call 1-866-847-4954 to check on the status of your excuse.   If you do not receive a response, you are required to report as instructed on the summons.

  • May I still mail in my information form even though my five days to return it to your office have elapsed?

    Yes, you must return your information form OR complete the information form using the eJuror program even if the five days have passed; however, this will give the court less time to process your information form.  If you are requesting to be excused, the court might not get back to you on time.  Include a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.

  • I don’t live in the parish where I have to report for jury service. Do I still need to report for jury duty?

    Yes, the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana covers a large portion of the state of Louisiana thus requiring jurors to cross parish lines to report for jury duty.  This is Federal Court and not State/Parish Court.  We have jurors reporting in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe & Shreveport.

  • May I request an excuse or postponement over the telephone?

    No. Requests to be excused or postponed must be submitted in writing OR by using the eJuror program BEFORE the trial date. 

  • If I serve on a trial, is my service over after the trial is completed?

    In most cases this is correct.  There are times when it might be necessary for you to report for jury selection for another trial.

  • What time will I leave at the end of the day?

    A typical jury day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.  Your schedule will depend on the court’s schedule.

  • How long will I be required to report for jury duty?

    You will be required to report for the duration of the case.  In most trials you should know by the end of the first day whether you have been selected to sit on the jury and hear the case.  If you are not selected you will be released by the court with instructions as to when to call or report back.  In most of our court locations jurors are subject to being instructed to report at any point in a two (2) week time frame.

  • What is meant by “must wear neat, clean & appropriate attire for the courtroom”?

    You are not expected to wear a coat and tie (men) or dress (women) to court. It is appropriate for men to wear a nice collared shirt and slacks and women to wear a nice dress or shirt and pant. Shorts, t-shirts, uniforms and old blue jeans are not considered appropriate courtroom attire.

  • Can I take notes during the trial?

    In most cases, no. Jurors taking notes is a decision made on an individual trial basis by the court.

  • Why do I have to wait until after 5:00 p.m. the day before trial to find out if I must report for jury service? Can I find out any sooner?

    Having jurors call after 5:00 p.m. allows the court time to change the recording if there has been a schedule change for the reporting date.

  • What happens if I forget to call for the recording and appear when the jury has been canceled?

    You will not be reimbursed for any expenses incurred if you report when the trial has been cancelled and you failed to call for the recorded message.