The right to a jury trial is a basic right provided by our state and federal constitutions. Most adults, at some time, will be summoned for jury duty for service on a circuit court civil or criminal jury trial. The court recognizes that service on a jury involves sacrifice for most people, including those who work, who take care of others during the day, and for employers of jurors who are asked to serve.
To lessen the impact of jury service, our court has created a system in which jurors only have to serve on one trial to complete their service. Most trials do not last more than a couple of days. If a juror reports for duty and is available to serve but is not selected for a trial, that juror will be released and his or her service will be complete. A very small minority of jurors are summoned for grand jury, which involves a two-week commitment. Once a juror has served as instructed by the court, the juror's obligation is complete for a two-year period.
We thank those who have spent the time -- and completed the hard work -- of serving on a jury. If you have recently been summoned for jury duty, you can find additional information about jury service through these links:
Green Dot Card scam
In July 2014, the court received word about the Green Dot Card scam. Click here
to learn more about how you can protect yourself from this scam.
Identity theft scam
Since summer 2005, courts around the country have reported an identity theft scam. Callers who say they are from a local or federal court or police agency threaten people with arrest for missing jury duty unless they provide specific personal information such as address, Social Security number, birth date, and other specific information.
Oregon residents continue to receive these calls, as do people in other states. They had not been summoned for jury duty; they had not missed jury duty.
This is a scam.
Our courts do not call jurors who have missed jury duty and do not call jurors to ask for personal information over the phone. Rarely does the court need a juror's Social Security number. When the court does need that information for reporting certain payments for jury service, the court will never require you to provide it over the telephone.
If you have received one of these calls and have given out personal information, monitor you account statements and credit reports carefully. If any unauthorized charges are made, report the theft to local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission at 877.438.4338 or http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/. In addition, contact a credit bureau to request that it place a fraud alert on your credit history.