Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Should I Wear?

    Please refrain from dressing inappropriately. In defense to the Court, please dress neatly. We ask that jurors not wear t-shirts, tank-tops, halter tops, or shorts. Please see your summons packet for more information.

  • 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 am I selected for Jury Duty?

    Your name was randomly selected from the voters registration list for the State of Mississippi. Subsequently, you are mailed a qualification questionnaire to complete and return to the Court. After the Court determines that you are qualified to serve, your name is entered into a pool and you may be randomly summoned either as a grand or petit 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.

  • 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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