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You do not need to speak perfect English to serve as a juror. If you cannot read or speak English, mark it on the Juror Qualification form and you will be excused. You may have someone else assist you in completing the juror qualification form.
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Do not report unless you have been called or emailed from the Jury Commission with a date, time, and location to report.
You will be notified a minimum of one day prior by the Jury Commission with the date, time, and location of your jury service. You may be notified by email, phone, or both. You will always be asked to reply to emails or voicemails. Check spam folders and voicemails for notifications.
Once the jury term begins you will not be excused or postponed to another term unless you have an emergency.
You will still need to complete your juror qualification form and submit it with one of the following:
-Physician’s statement, OR
-Class schedule, OR
-Detailed description of your hardship
Your hardship will be reviewed, and you will be notified via email or mail if you are excused, moved to a new jury term, or if your request is denied and you will need to make arrangements to report if given a date, time, and location.
You may request a one-time postponement to a new jury term. Requests must be made in writing and submitted at the same time as your completed Juror Qualification form. Include a date or month that will work better for you. You will be notified of the Judge’s decision.
After completing questions #1-#24 on the online Juror Qualification form, select your hardship and add details in the text box provided. A link to upload your scanned documents is available before you submit your online form.
Do not wait until you have been called to report for jury duty to request a postponement.
If you do not have computer access and are filling out the paper Juror Qualification form, please mark the appropriate hardship and include a letter and required documentation explaining your hardship and return all forms in the prepaid envelope provided.
If you are 70 years of age or older and do not want to serve, complete the Juror Qualification form, indicate you do not want to serve, and you will be excused per your request.
If you are a full time student you need to complete your Juror Qualification form and submit your hardship documentation (class schedule, internship letter, etc.) for consideration.
In order to serve as a juror, you must be:
The following may disqualify you:
If you are unable to serve due to health conditions, you will need to provide a current physician's statement stating the nature of the health issue. However, you must still complete the Juror Qualification form.
After completing questions #1-#24 on the online Juror Qualification form, select medical hardship and add details in the text box provided. A link to upload your scanned documents is available before you submit your online form.
You may also ask the physician to fax the note directly to the Jury Commission at 402-441-6190. A judge will review your situation and determine if you are to be excused.
Complete the Juror Qualification form and indicate you are a non-resident along with your new address.
If you are a primary caregiver for someone with a medical condition, complete your Juror Qualification form and submit a note from that person’s physician stating that you are their primary caregiver and need to be excused. Complete the online Juror Qualification form, select the extreme and extraordinary hardship, and add details in the text box provided. A link to upload your scanned documents is available before you submit your online form. You will be notified of the Judge’s decision.
The physician may fax the document directly to the Jury Commission at 402-441-6190.
Nursing mothers need to submit a physician’s note stating your status along with the completed Juror Qualification form to be excused.
Please provide that information on question #24 of the Juror Qualification form for consideration.
You are required to provide physician's note with your name, your child's name, that you are a nursing mother, and that you need to be excused along with your completed Juror Qualification form. A link to upload your doctor’s note is available before you submit your online form or have the physician fax it directly to the Jury Commission at 402-441-6190. Confirmation of your excusal will be mailed or emailed to you once it is processed.
Nebraska law does not provide exemptions for self-employed people. Most jury trials last on average one to three days. You can let the Jury Commission know prior to being notified to report if you need extra notice and we will do our best to assist you.
If a Judge denies your request to be excused, you are required to make arrangements and report if notified.
In the Clerk of the District Court, 3rd Floor at the Justice and Law Enforcement Center 575 S 10th St, Lincoln NE 68508.
Elected. The Clerk of the District Court of Lancaster County also serves as the Jury Commissioner.
Hall of Justice and Law Enforcement, 575 S 10th Street. If alternate location is required, you will be given specific directions.
Parking is available north of the buildings at 10th and K Streets. Entrances are on both K Street and 10th Street.
Alternate parking is at Carriage Park garage at 11th and L Streets.
You will receive $35.00 plus mileage per day you are required to report.
Checks are generally mailed out 2 to 3 weeks after the last day of the jury panel.
1. Knives of any type.
2. Firearms, knuckles, clubs.
3. Chemical agents (mace, OC, pepper spray, etc.)
4. Non-prescription controlled substances.
5. Glass bottles.
6. Any item which by its possession, is prohibited by statute.
Jurors are randomly picked from a combined list of the Lancaster County Voter Registration List and Driver's License/State Identification Card Holder's List.
As a juror, you participate in an important public process and fulfill a civic obligation. All persons accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have a jury decide their cases. When you serve on a jury, you make important decisions affecting other people's lives as well as your own community.
Nebraska State Statute 25-1650 states:
(3) No qualified potential juror is exempt from jury service, except that any person seventy years of age or older who makes a request to be exempt to the court at the time the Juror Qualification form is filed with the jury commissioner or who makes such a request in writing after being qualified and summoned shall be exempt from serving on grand and petit juries.
Your employer is required by law to allow you to report for jury service. You cannot be fired, lose pay, made to use sick leave or vacation, or be punished in any way. Your employer is required by state law to pay your regular shift pay for the time you are at jury service.
You may obtain a statement at the end of your jury service from the Judge's bailiff or from the Jury Commissioner's Office:
575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The length of each trial varies depending on the type of trial, the complexity of the issues involved with that trial, and how long jurors are expected to spend in deliberations. Most trials are completed within a few days to a week. However, occasionally there are trials that may last more than two weeks.
During a trial's jury selection process (which is also known as voir dire), the judge and the attorneys involved with the trial will indicate how long they expect the trial to last. Judges are aware that long trials may be difficult for some people.
It will be your responsibility to let the judge know if it may be a serious hardship for you to serve on a long trial. Please be patient during the jury selection process, because other potential jurors may have similar concerns about time.
If you are to serve on jury duty and do not know if you should come in due to inclement weather, please call the Jury Commissioner's Office at 402-441-6553.
The grand jury is different from a trial jury (known as a petit jury). People called for grand jury duty should follow the instructions on the summons.
If inquires need to be made call 402-441-6553.