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The Jury Commissioner's office is located at:
575 S 10th Street3rd FloorLincoln, NE 68508
The Jury Commissioner's office is located in the Justice and Law Enforcement Center.
In Lancaster County, the Clerk of the District Court serves as the Jury Commissioner. The people elect the Clerk of the District Court for a four-year term.
In order to serve jury duty, you must be:
The following may disqualify you from jury duty:
Normally, the Jury Commissioner's office will either call or email you at least one business day prior to the day you will be required to report for jury duty with date, time, and location of where you will report. The vast majority of trials are held at the Lancaster County Hall of Justice, 575 South 10th Street, Lincoln and will be held on either the 3rd Floor (District Court) or the 2nd Floor (County Court). If you are to report to an alternate location, detailed information will be provided to you by the Jury Commissioner's office.
Do not report unless you have been called by the Jury Commissioner's office with a date and time to report.
Once the jury term for which you have been summoned begins you will not be excused or deferred to another term unless you have an emergency.
A map directing you where to park was included with your original summons. However, the primary juror parking lot is located north of the County/City Building. The entrances are located on 10th or K Streets. View a copy of the juror parking map (PDF).
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.
If the report date that you have been assigned creates a conflict with your schedule, you may request to have your service deferred (postponed) to a later jury term. You must request this in writing and you still must complete and return your qualification form. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the "extreme and extraordinary hardship" option and an email will be generated for you to explain your hardship and attach any pertinent documentation. Do not wait until you have been called to report for jury duty to request a deferral.
Include a specific timeframe for which you will be able to appear for jury service. Deferral dates cannot be more than six months after the original date of service. You will only be granted one request for deferral. If you request a second deferral it must be approved by a district court judge. You will receive a letter or email informing you if your deferral has been granted and the new date you will be required to be available to report. You may receive a new jury summons for the future date which you will need to complete and return as instructed.
For additional information regarding deferrals, please contact the Jury Commissioner's office at 402-441-6553.
Individuals who are 70 years or older may request not to serve, but they must do so at the time their Juror Qualification Form is returned.
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 and return the Juror Qualification Form by mail or complete online. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select medical hardship and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach a physician's note. 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.
If you are a full time student and are not residing in Lancaster County, you are still responsible for contacting the Jury Commissioner's office with your residence information either by phone or by indicating where you are currently residing on your Juror Qualification Form in either hard copy or online. You may also submit a written request to be excused or deferred when returning your Qualification form. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the full time student hardship and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach your class schedule or other documentation.
If you are a full time student residing in Lancaster County, you may be required to serve as a juror. Please complete the Juror Qualification Form and either mail it in or complete online.
If you believe that serving during the jury term for which you are summoned may present some difficulties for you, please send a request to be excused along with a copy of your class schedule for the term for which you have been summoned. This request must be submitted within ten days after you have received your summons. You will be notified by mail (or email if you submitted your hardship via email) if you have been either excused from jury duty or deferred to a new date outside of your school term.
No, but you will still need to fill out and sign the qualification form so that we can update our files. There is a question on the qualification form that asks if you are a resident of Lancaster County. If you answer that question "no", then you are asked to indicate where you are currently residing.
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.
Selection is random. There is no minimum amount of time allowed between jury summons in Nebraska.
The only exceptions to this are seated Grand Jurors and jurors having served more than four calendar weeks within a five year period. Those jurors may request to be excused.
Specific questions regarding this issue may be addressed by the Jury Commissioner's staff.
You do not need to speak perfect English to serve as a juror. The court uses common, everyday language that people can understand. The work done by the courts affects all people, so it is important that all communities be a part of our justice system. No one person has to know everything.
Jurors decide the outcome of a trial as a group, with each member making an important contribution. If you cannot understand English, you must respond appropriately to the question on the Juror Qualification Form.
If you need assistance, a friend or a family member who speaks and reads English may assist you in completing your Juror Qualification Form.
If you have a child or an adult under your care, you may ask for a deferral (postponement) or excusal from jury service. That request must be in writing and submitted with your completed Juror Qualification Form along with any additional documentation or physician statements. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the "extreme or extraordinary hardship" option and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach pertinent documentation if you have any.
If a Judge denies your request to be excused, you are responsible for finding care.
If you are a mother who is nursing a child, you may request to be excused on your Juror Qualification Form. You will also be 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. You may mail in your physician's note, scan and attach it to the email generated from completing your Juror Qualification Form online and selecting nursing mother, 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.
If you need special accommodations, please provide that information on the Juror Qualification Form under question number 24.
State law prohibits your employer from penalizing you. You cannot be fired, lose pay (except that your employer may reduce your pay by the $35 per day you receive for jury duty), lose sick leave, or lose vacation time.
You must give your employer reasonable notice that you have received a jury summons.
Any person summoned must be excused by their employer, upon the juror's request, from any shift work. (Nebraska Revised Statute Section 25-1640) If requested, an attendance report may be provided at the time of service.
Checks are generally mailed out 2 to 3 weeks after the last day of the jury panel.
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.
There are two types of trials that have juries: criminal trials and civil trials. Juvenile and family law trials do not have juries. Jury trials are held in both District Court and County Court.
If there is inclement weather and you are to serve on jury duty and do not know if you should come in, 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.