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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why was I called for Petit Jury Duty?

    You may wonder how you came to be called for jury duty.  Your name was obtained from the voter registration list of your county, according to guidelines which assure a random selection of a fair cross-section of the community.  You were then mailed a qualification form to complete.  On the basis of your answers to the questions on that form you were found to be qualified to serve and were again randomly selected to be summoned as a prospective juror.

  • How do I update my contact information in ECF?

    Changing your phone number

    • Login to ECF using your electronic filing login and password.
    • Select Utilities, Maintain Your Account
    • Highlight the old phone number in the Phone field, and type in the new one.
    • Choose Submit to save.
    • Choose Submit again to update your cases.

     
    How to change the primary e-mail address or add additional e-mail addresses

    • Login to ECF using your electronic filing login and password.
    • Choose the Utilities Menu, and then Maintain Your E-mail from the Your Account menu.
    • Click on the primary e-mail address, then make change in the right pane. Click Return to Person Information Screen and Submit to save.
    • For new additional e-mail addresses, choose "Add New E-mail Address" from the left pane.
    • Type in the e-mail address in the right pane.
    • Under Configuration Options, select Yes under "Should this e-mail address receive notice for all cases in which this individual is a participant "so the additional e-mail address will receive notice in all the attorney's cases.
    • If you want the additional e-mail to receive notice only in certain cases, select No under "Should this e-mail address receive notice for all cases in which this individual is a participant?"
    • Add the specific case number where you see "Add additional cases for noticing" under Case Specific Options. Delete any cases on the list you do not want for that additional e-mail address.
    • Click "Submit all Changes" in the left pane.
    • Click Submit again to update your cases.

     
    How to change or delete an additional e-mail address

    • Login in ECF with your electronic filing login and password.
    • Choose the Utilities Menu, and then Maintain Your E-mail.
    • Highlight the additional e-mail address.
    • To delete it, press the Delete key.
    • To change the e-mail address, start typing it in
    • Click Submit All Changes, then click Submit to update your cases.

     
    Changing your physical or firm address:

    • Please file a notice of change of address and email ecf_information@msnd.uscourts.gov
  • How am I selected for Jury Duty?

    You may wonder how you came to be called for jury duty.  Your name was obtained from the voter registration list of your county, according to guidelines which assure a random selection of a fair cross-section of the community.  You were then mailed a qualification form to complete.  On the basis of your answers to the questions on that form you were found to be qualified to serve and were again randomly selected to be summoned as a prospective juror.

  • Can I get proof of my jury service?

    After reporting for service, a certificate of attendance will be given to you upon request. This can be given to employers as proof of your service.

  • Do documents that will be filed on CMECF systems need to be in a particular format?

    CMECF systems are designed to accept only documents in PDF format. This format was chosen because it allows a document to retain its pagination, formatting, and fonts no matter what type of computer is used to view or print the document. It is also an open standard format. Adobe developed the format, and offers software that allows conversion of documents created in most word processing systems into PDF.  Several word processing and other programs contain features that convert documents created in those programs into PDF. (To improve security and archiving capabilities, plans are underway to require that all filers use the new PDF/A format.) Currently, the size limitation is 32 mb per document, However, it is recommended to break documents larger than 20 mb down into 10 -15 mb parts if you are having trouble uploading them.

  • What if I fail to appear for Jury Service?

    Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1864 (b) states that persons who are summoned to appear for Federal Jury Service and fail to appear may then be ordered to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court for noncompliance with the court summons. Persons then failing to appear or to show cause for nonappearance may be fined not more than $1000.00 or imprisoned for not more than three days, or both.

  • While I serve jury duty, is my job protected?
     
    Your job is protected under Title 28 U.S.C.A. Section 1875, which reads, in part:
     
      a. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employees jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States.
     
      b. Any employer who violates the provision of this section:
    1. shall be liable for damages for any loss of wages or other benefits suffered by an employee by reason of such violation;
    2. may be enjoined from further violation of this section and ordered to provide other appropriate relief, including but not limited to the  reinstatement of any employee discharged by reason of his jury service; and
    3. shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation as to each employee.

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