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Jury Service

CONTACT US

 

Location: Ralph M. Holman Law Center
  Jury Assembly Room
  821 Main Street
  Oregon City, OR   97045
Phone: Jury Coordinator: 503.655.8397
  Jury Recording Line: 503.655.8389
  Jury Recording Line (toll free): 1.800.562.4698
E-mail E-Mail Jury Coordinator  

 

JUROR QUALIFICATION

You must be a citizen of the UNITED STATES, a resident of Clackamas County, be 18 years of age or older, and not have served on any State or Federal Jury in the last two years.   If you do not qualify, please return the postcard enclosed with the jury summons indicating which qualification you do not meet.

TERM OF SERVICE

Your term of service is for one day, one trial, or one case if a trial is expected to last longer than one week, unless you are selected for Grand Jury.   If you are selected for Grand Jury your term of service is one month in duration.   You will be required to call the Jury Recording Line after 5:00 p.m. the night before your term begins to determine if you have been chosen for jury duty.   If your number has been chosen, you will need to report the next day for jury orientation and jury selection.   The time you are to report will be included on the recording.   You will need to report only if your jury number is chosen.   The Jury Recording Line is 503.655.8389.   Toll Free Number is 1.800.562.4698.

If you are selected for a trial, you will stay for the duration of the trial.   More detailed information will be provided when you report.

GRAND JURY

Grand Jury is a group of seven jurors selected to hear evidence about alleged criminal acts and, if appropriate, bring formal charges (indictments) against an individual.   The term of service for Grand Jury is one month.

CONFIRMING YOUR ATTENDANCE

Please complete the information on the enclosed postcard and return it immediately to confirm your attendance.

We also have available to the public an on-line juror response form.

JURY ORIENTATION

You will receive detailed instructions on your jury service at your orientation, which will be on the first day you report.   You are to report to the Ralph M. Holman Law Center, 821 Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon.   Click here for directions. 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Court will provide accommodations for American with Disabilities, assistive listening devices, and ASL interpreters if required.  Please notify the Jury Coordinator of your need immediately upon receipt of your Jury Summons.   The Jury Coordinator is available by phone from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 503.655.8397. The ADA Coordinator is available at 503.655.8627.

PARKING

No parking is provided.   If you drive, parking is your responsibility.   Parking is very limited and jurors are encouraged to ride the bus.   A free bus pass may be obtained by contacting the Jury Coordinator at 503.655.8397.   A municipal parking lot is located at 13th and Main Street, approximately five blocks from the Jury Assembly Room.   Limited metered parking, either 2 hours or 8 hours, is available.   Click here for the Downtown Parking Zones map which shows what is available and where it is located.   Additional information can also be obtained by going to the Oregon City Downtown Parking Information page.  Parking can sometimes be difficult to find.   Please allow extra time for finding parking. 

REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED

If you have served on jury duty in a state or federal court in Oregon within the last 24 months, reply by marking the appropriate box on the enclosed postcard and you will be excused.  If you are over 70 years of age, you may be excused upon request.   If you have a  medical condition and document this with a written statement  from your doctor, your request to be excused will be granted.   If you are currently breast-feeding a child or you are the sole caregiver for a child or other dependent during the court's normal hours of operation (Mon.-Fri. 8a.m. - 5p.m.) and you are unable to afford daycare or make other arrangements for the care of the dependent, you may be excused upon request.  If you are a full-time student, you may request to be deferred to a time when you are not attending school.  All  requests to be excused, other than the above, must be in writing explaining the nature of the condition, undue hardship or extreme inconvenience which requires you to be excused.   In most cases you will not be excused, but we may defer your term of service to a date not more than one year from your original summons.  The Court will not contact you if your request to be excused is granted.   You will be contacted if your request is denied.   You may submit your request via regular mail, fax, or e-mail to:   Jury Coordinator, Clackamas Circuit Court, 807 Main Street, Oregon City, OR   97045.  Fax:  503.650.8931; e-mail:   E-Mail Jury Coordinator

DEFERRING SERVICE

If you are unable to serve on the date you have been summoned to appear, you may request to be deferred to another time.   On the enclosed postcard, indicate a day that is convenient for you. You must choose a day not more than one year from the date of your original summons.   A new jury summons will be sent to you for the new term of jury service.   YOU MAY ONLY DEFER JURY DUTY ONCE.  The Court will not contact you if your request to be deferred is granted.   You will be contacted if your request is denied.

PROHIBITED ACTS BY EMPLOYERS:

The law provides that an employer shall not discharge or threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce an employee by reason of the employee's service as a juror.   However, this does not alter the effect of an employer's policies or agreements regarding wages during jury service.

COMPENSATION

Unless otherwise provided by the terms of an employment agreement, under ORS 10.061(3), a juror must waive the juror fee if the juror's employer pays the juror a wage or salary for the days the juror is required to attend the circuit court during the jury service term.   Jurors are entitled to $10 per day for the first two days of service and $25 for the third and subsequent days.

MILEAGE

The rate of travel reimbursement is $.20 per mile for the distance traveled between your home and the Jury Assembly Room.

FAILURE TO RESPOND

Jury Duty is a civic duty of each citizen.   Failure to respond to the jury summons may result in CONTEMPT OF COURT.   Please review the Juror Handbook on the Oregon State Bar website.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The court does not collect social security or other sensitive personal information from potential jurors over the phone or by mail.   If you have received a request for sensitive personal information over the telephone or by mail, you may be a victim of identity theft.  Contact the jury coordinator (503.655.8397) and local law enforcement to report it.