Once a year, the Clerk of District Court receives 2000 names from the Secretary of State that will be used in sending out questionnaires and compiling "Panels". These names are randomly selected with names from voter registration and driver's license.
Once the completed questionnaires are returned, they are randomly divided into six panels. When the first trial of the jury term comes up, 58 names from Panel A are randomly selected; the first 48 people that are contacted and confirmed, must report for jury duty. For the next tria,l 58 names from Panel B are randomly selected and so forth through all six Panels.
On the day given, you will report to the third floor of the courthouse at 8:45am where you will be greeted by a Bailiff to be checked in and shown to your assigned seat in the courtroom. You will be expected to go through a security check point prior to entering the Court Room. Jury selection will begin promptly at 9:00am. WARNING: If you are not present at roll call, the Judge will send a Deputy Sheriff to find you and escort you to the courthouse; the Judge will have a private meeting with you at his convenience.
Jury selection will normally last most of the morning. If you are selected, you will be given instructions for the balance of the trial. If you are not selected, you will be free to leave; your name will remain in the Panel "A" pool
Once you have actually been selected and served on a jury, you will exempt for any further trials for the current calendar year. If you wish your name to remain in the pool and my office is advised of such, you will again be eligible to report, if called.
It is possible that your name to appear over and over on the lists received from the Secretary of State, or maybe never at all. With the recent changes to the State Jury Selection, you will no longer receive questionnaires from more than one Court in any given calendar year, unless the second questionnaire is from Federal Court.