Jury

Jury

Courthouse - Photo by Dave King
(Photo of Courthouse Courtesy of Dave King)

Jury Commission - Jury Service

Jury duty is an essential element of our judicial system in America.  Trial by jury is provided as a constitutional right.  Jury duty is one of the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States.  By state law, jurors are selected at random from a Master List generated in each county in Idaho.

Jurors may be called to serve in either the District Court or Magistrate County in Clearwater County.  Jurors serving in the District Court may be called to hear Civil cases involving over $10,000 or felony cases.  Jurors serving in the Magistrate Court may hear civil cases or misdemeanor criminal cases.

Notice of Jury Duty & Summons 

When you receive a Jury Qualification Questionnaire for jury duty, you should fill it out and return it immediately.  You will need to keep the Summons that has your Juror Number listed on it and call the number listed on the Summons (476-5598) every Thursday after 5:00 PM to determine when you will need to appear for Jury Duty for the next week.  The term of service for jury duty in Clearwater County is two months.

Selection 

The Master List is a combination of eligible Clearwater County residents’ ages 18 and over from driver’s license records and voter registration list.  The law affecting jury service is Idaho Code 2-201 through 2-221. 

Statutory Disqualification

 A juror is not qualified to serve if the individual

  • is less than 18 years of age;
  • is not a citizen of the United States;
  • is not a resident of Clearwater County;
  • is not able to communicate in the English language; or has been convicted of a felony and has not had civil rights restored.

Excuse or Postponement

ALL citizens of Idaho, who are not disqualified as listed above, are required to serve on Jury Duty when called except when the prospective juror has exceeded 70 years of age AND declines to serve.

If you anticipate legitimate scheduling problems such as UNUSUAL work situations, vacation plans, or you are a breast feeding mother, you may delay your service.  If you are seeking a delay, you must contact the county clerk’s office.  If you have a medical condition that would delay your service, or make it unable for you to serve, you must submit a written Doctor’s excuse along with your completed questionnaire.  There will be no permanent excuses.  

Confidentiality

Juror information is considered confidential, and will not be released unless by order of the court in which the juror has served on a trial.

Delay in Process

There are time delays in court sessions, so you should be prepared to wait.  If we know about the delays, we will keep you informed.  You may wish to bring a book or other reading material to read during those breaks.  However, the courts request that jurors neither listen to nor read any media publications or accounts regarding any court cases.

Compensation

Jurors shall be paid $20.00 per day of actual court attendance.  $10.00 shall be paid for 4 hours or less or actual court attendance.  A mileage rate is also payable.  This rate is prescribed by the Clearwater County Commissioners and can vary from year to year.  Payment for travel performed from place of residence in Clearwater County to the Courthouse and return.  Payment for both juror per diem fees and mileage fees will be mailed following completion of service.  A check should be expected within one month of service.

Verification for Work

Employment verification for days served are available, upon request, through the Clerk’s office.  Employers often expect that juror’s return to work in the event of early release from jury service on any given day.  Make sure you check your employer’s policy, as verification cannot be provided except for time actually spent at the courthouse