Baker County Justice Court District
THANK YOU FOR SERVING OREGON
Paul J. De Muniz
Oregon Supreme Court
Welcome to jury service in Oregon's state trial courts. All of us in your state court system thank you for your time and willingness to serve, whether as a juror summoned to serve in our trial courts or as an employer whose employee has been summoned. From personal experience, I know that jury service is hard work. It is also some of the most important work that any of us will ever do.
Jury service is an important part of our heritage - a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The right to trial by jury is a fundamental right given by our state and federal constitutions to protect us all so that government or others cannot deprive us of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. In return, the constitutions ask citizens to serve as jurors.
Juries represent a cross-section of the community’s citizens. Jurors are officers of the court, as are judges and lawyers. Trial jurors hear both sides of the case and determine the facts. The judge instructs the jury on the law to apply, and the jury applies that law to the facts to reach a decision. Grand jurors hear evidence about crimes and determine whether there is enough information to require a person to stand trial for committing a crime.
Jury service, therefore, is a significant civic responsibility and fundamental duty of citizenship to protect our many rights and privileges. The limited fees and expenses allowed by state law mean that jury service sometimes calls jurors and their families and employers to sacrifice time, work, and money to preserve justice and the rule of law in our society.
I give special thanks to all who serve despite inconvenience and even financial hardship. And I thank employers who encourage their employees to serve when called. You help our courts work more efficiently, reduce delay, and ensure that juries better reflect a true cross-section of their communities.
Because we know that jury service demands much of jurors and their employers, we work continually to improve jury service. We are working to reduce its financial impact and inconvenience for jurors and their families and employers. We are working to give jurors better tools to do their work so that the work is rewarding.
We in Oregon’s state court system know there can be no justice without you. We thank you for serving Oregon.
Paul J. De Muniz
Oregon Supreme Court
How long is a term of service?
From four to six months.
How will I be compensated?
You will receive $10.00 per day of attendance and eight cents per mile round trip outside city limits.
What are hours of the court?
Court is normally in session for trials from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Times may vary depending upon the trial.
What happens if I receive a questionnaire from Circuit Court and one from Justice Court?
You will be excused from Justice Court. Circuit Court takes precedence. You must notify Justice Court if this occurs.
What is proper attire for serving on a trial?
Jurors are officers of the court and are expected to dress accordingly while performing this serious duty.
What happens if I am acquainted with the Defendant?
You must appear at the time and date as stated on your subpoena. Your removal from trial will determined by the District Attorney or the Defense Attorney.
Is lunch provided?
Drinks and cookies are provided during recess. Trials will recess for lunch. You will be responsible for your own lunch.
How do I know if the trial is still taking place?
If you have not received a telephone call from Justice Court staff, please call the afternoon before the trial.
How do I get excused from service?
You may ask to be excused if you are over 70 years of age, enrolled in college, serving in the military, breast feeding a child, no longer a Baker County resident or other reasons. The court reviews requests to be excused from jury duty.