Confirming your appearance
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RETURN YOUR POSTCARD
If you have any questions concerning the postcard that you sent to the Court, please call 541.473.5173
You must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Malheur County, and 18 years of age or older, and be English speaking. If you are not, please return your postcard indicating which qualification(s) you do not meet. If you have been summoned as a juror and served in any Federal, Circuit, or District Court of Oregon within the last two years, you will be excused. Please return your postcard indicating which court you served in and the date of service.
If you are over 70 years of age, you can request to be excused from serving on jury duty.
Complete the information requested on your postcard and return it immediately to confirm your attendance. Your trial date information is listed on the front of your summons.
If you need assistance and you need to talk to the Jury Coordinator, you can call Monday through Thursday during business hours.
Request to be deferred
If you are unable to serve for the term of service you have been summoned to appear, you may request to be deferred to another month. Please indicate on the postcard a month that you would be able to serve, and return the postcard immediately. Deferments are granted if they do not go past one year from your original month you were summoned for jury duty. You may only be deferred one time for a good cause.
If you are unable to serve as a juror because of a medical condition, or you are a caregiver for a person that needs care, a doctor’s medical note may be requested within 10 days of receipt of summons.
Confirming the Trial
You should call 541.473.5172 after 5:00 p.m. on the evening before you are scheduled to report to listen to the jury coordinator’s recorded message to confirm that you need to report. The recording will refer to the trial date. Trials are occasionally cancelled and you should thus listen carefully to your reporting date and time. If you need to call collect, please call 541.473.5173 during business hours and you will need to identify yourself as a juror.
After jury orientation and for the rest of your term of service, call the jury recording after 5:00 p.m. the evening before the next scheduled trial. Listen for your juror number. Please call the following telephone number to hear the jury recording:
Duration of Service
Your jury term is one month.
A small number of your number may be selected to serve on Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is a body of persons sworn to inquire into alleged criminal acts and if appropriate, bring acquisitions (indictments) against suspected criminals. The Grand Jury term is one month. The grand jury is pulled from the regular panel.
Reporting to Court
Please sign in when you report to court.
The court will ask you to wear a juror button while you are in the courthouse and during lunch breaks. It makes it easier for staff, witnesses, and attorneys can easily identify you as a juror. Please remember to return the button at the end of each day, or when you are excused from service on that day.
On the day you report for jury service you will receive a comprehensive orientation about jury service.
Proper attire is required by everyone entering the Malheur County Circuit Court and will be strictly enforced. Anyone not properly dressed upon arriving in the courtroom may be sent away until properly dressed.
The following items are unacceptable attire;
- Tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, bare midriff tops, see-through tops;
- Dresses shorter than the fingertips of extended arms;
- Skirts or pants with waists that allow undergarments to be seen;
- Clothing with large holes;
- Clothing which display controlled substances (tobacco, alcohol, drugs), double meanings, hate motivated behavior, illegal activities, obscene gestures or language, profanity, sexual references, or violence;
- Bare feet;
- Chains which could be used as weapons;
- Garments meant to be worn as undergarments, worn as outer garments and sagging, bagging or dragging pants
The following attire is suggested for all non-lawyers appearing in Court.
- MALE - long or short sleeve shirts with collars. Slacks or dress denim trousers.
- FEMALE - Dresses, skirts, or slacks and blouse.
Leave the following items at home or locked in your car
All cell phones, Ipods, cameras, *no recording devices of any type; any type of weapons, pocket knives, scissors and chemical sprays.
You will be instructed to not discuss the trial with anyone. Also, no emailing, text messaging, tweeting, blogging or any other form of communication. We do not allow jurors to maintain possession of their cell phones during trial.
Parking is limited. Places available for parking are; in front of the Courthouse; The parking lot behind the courthouse (across the street from the courthouse. The lot behind the courthouse is marked for County cars only). Do no park in restricted areas, reserved parking spots, private lots or tow-away zones.
For your convenience, we do have a refrigerator and microwave available. If you would like to bring a snack or lunch, you are welcome to. Lunch is not provided unless jurors are actually in deliberations. You will be released for a lunch break of approximately one hour, and there are several places to eat in Vale. You are welcome to bring your lunch if you do not want to go out to lunch.
Scheduling Days Off
You may schedule days off from jury service by phoning in a request at least 24 hours before the day you want off. Call the Jury Coordinator 541.473.5173. Monday through Friday, during business hours. If the Jury Coordinator is not available, you may leave a message with your name, juror number, and the dates you want off. If you are excused, you will not receive a return call. If your request is denied, the clerk will call you.
Only the trial judge can excuse you on the day of trial or within 24 hours of the trial date. Except under extraordinary circumstances and with permission of the trial judge, you cannot be excused once you have been sworn as a juror on a trial.
In an emergency, call the jury coordinator as soon as possible and explain the circumstances. If you are serving on a jury, contact the jury coordinator or courtroom clerk. If you are serving on Grand Jury, call the district attorney's office at 541.473.5127.
Jurors are entitled to $10 per day for the first two days of service and $25 for the third and subsequent days. Unless otherwise provided by the terms of an employment agreement, under Oregon law, 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 may voluntarily waive juror fees; please contact the jury coordinator for more information on fee waiver.
If your employer requires verification of your jury service each day, we have affidavits of jury service that we are happy to complete for you, just check with the jury coordinator or any of the court staff.
Prohibited Acts by Employers
Oregon 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. As of January 1, 2012, the law also provides protections related to leave and continuing insurance coverage. See this link [v/OJD/docs/jurorinfo/Juror_Employment_Protections.pdf] or contact your jury coordinator for more information, or see ORS 10.090 as amended by OR Laws 2011 ch 118 and ch 377.
Hours of Service
Trials usually begin at 9:00 a.m. Jurors will be given a lunch break and are able to leave the courthouse except you are required to eat in the jury room during deliberations. Court usually recesses by 5:00 p.m. unless the jury is deliberating. If Court is going to go past 5:00 p.m. the Judge will usually let you know that in advance.
Contact the Jury Coordinator
You may contact the jury clerk by telephone at (541) 473-5173 or by email.
ADA: If special accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act are needed, please contact the Jury Coordinator at 541.473.5173 at least two business days prior to jury orientation. A lift is available to get from the first floor of the courthouse to the second floor for jury duty.
If you need further information or have other questions call 541.473.5173 Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays, during business hours.
Under Oregon’s Constitution, in all grand juries and in all prosecutions for crimes tried to a jury, the jury shall be composed of person who have not been convicted: (a) of a felony or served a felony sentence within the 15 years immediately preceding the date the persons are required to report for jury duty; or (b) of a misdemeanor involving violence or dishonesty or served a sentence for a misdemeanor involving violence or dishonesty with the five years immediately preceding the date the persons are required to report for jury duty.
Please inform the jury coordinator if you have a qualifying conviction or sentence under the above standard. You are not eligible to be a grand juror in a criminal action, but you remain eligible to serve as a juror in a civil trial.