Welcome to jury duty in Madison County District Court. We will do all that we can to make you comfortable and answer any questions you might have as you fulfill this very important civic duty.
How was I chosen as a juror?
Jurors are chosen at random from current lists of persons age 19 or older, living in Madison County, Nebraska, and are either registered voters, licensed drivers or holders of a state-issued I.D. card. Some people are chosen several times during their lifetime, others are never chosen.
What can I expect as a prospective juror?
If you are a prospective juror, you will have received a summons requiring you to appear for jury duty during the next jury term of the Madison County District Court. Please call the jury message on the date indicated in the summons, and listen to the entire message. You may not have to appear on the following day. This is because cases scheduled for trial will, on occasion, settle prior to the trial date. Likewise, it is possible that cases scheduled for trial will, by necessity, be continued. Whenever cases scheduled for trial are settled or continued, this office will provide you with notice at the earliest possible opportunity. Generally jury panels serve for one month only. During that time there may be one or several jury trials. The recorded jury message will keep you informed.
You are one of a larger panel that has been summoned for jury duty during this term of court. From this larger panel a jury of twelve persons will be selected to serve as jurors in a given case. On occasion, one or two additional alternate jurors may also be selected. Generally the panel of twelve is chosen the morning of the trial; at that point, those who have not been selected are excused and may leave.
When you report for jury duty, please check in at the District Court office located on the north end of the courthouse. The jury selection process, as a general rule, will last through the morning. However, this might vary depending on the nature of the case. After jury selection has been completed, those members of the panel who are not chosen as jurors or alternates will be excused and will be notified and reminded when the next jury trial is scheduled. Again, you will be asked to call the jury telephone number for a recorded message prior to appearing for that trial.
Generally, trials in the District Court average approximately two or three days to complete. This is only a general rule of thumb, and the trial of any given case may require more or less time to complete. During the jury selection process the judge will usually indicate and estimate the length of time expected to complete the trial.
A prospective juror is required by law to appear for jury duty on all dates summoned. The judge may excuse a juror only upon showing of undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity. Strict proof of undue hardship, extreme inconvenience or public necessity will be required by the judge. Jurors are rarely excused because of work obligations. If you need to make a request to be excused from jury duty, you must make a written application for postponement. The judge will then review your request and you will be advised of his decision. Students will need to provide proof of full-time status from the Registrar’s Office before they are excused.
You will be paid $35 per day, plus mileage at the statutory rate. With regard to employers, the law provides that any person summoned for jury duty shall not be subject to discharge from employment, loss of pay, loss of sick leave, loss of vacation time, or any other form of penalty as a result of a prospective juror’s absence from employment due to such jury duty.
Our office will try to make your jury service informative and pleasant. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 402-454-3311, ext. 140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.