You’ve heard us say it before, that citizen participation in the criminal justice system is critical for communities to achieve justice for those who break the law and for their victims. In the United States, unlike many countries, every citizen has the right to a fair trial before a jury of one’s peers. This process is designed to protect the basic freedoms we so cherish in this country.
Juries are selected from registered voters who reside in the City of St. Louis. There is a good chance that these individuals will be called multiple times throughout their lifetime, and we hope that they serve willingly and with an open mind.
If you have been selected for jury duty, you can get more information from the Jury Commissioner by calling 314-622-4458. They will be able to tell you where to park, where to catch the bus, or answer any other general questions.
During jury duty, there will be a lot of waiting because there are legal motions and work that lawyers and judges do outside of your presence. The Court and prosecutors work hard to minimize this period, but please be patient.
Wear respectable, but comfortable clothing. Some jurors like to have a sweater with them as some of the courtrooms, while beautiful, can be chilly.
If you have to take medicines or other treatments, please make sure you tell the jury commissioner and the bailiff once you reach a courtroom. The bailiff will tell the Judge who will work with you.
Bring a book or other item to read. While you cannot read while court is in session, during some of the waiting periods you are permitted to read. Do not bring items to read that are related to cases in the court system at the present time. Do not bring a dictionary or other item for use in court.
Bring money for lunch or snacks. The jury fee is not paid to you immediately.