You’ve heard us say 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 a pool of people who have registered to vote in their community. In the City of St. Louis, there is a good chance you will be called multiple times throughout your lifetime, and we hope that you serve willingly and with an open mind. Jurors are paid for their services in an amount determined by the Missouri Legislature.
If you have been selected for jury duty, you can get more information from the Jury Commissioner by calling 314-622-4458. They can provide you with information regarding parking, public transportation and general questions.
In the event you are called for jury duty, please know that your time and effort is greatly appreciated by the courts, prosecution and defense. During your service as a juror, there may be extended waiting periods due to legal motions and conversations that lawyers and judges have outside of your presence. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate your commitment.
Wear respectable but comfortable clothing. Some jurors like to have a sweater with them as some of the courtrooms, while beautiful, can be cool.
If you have to take medication or conduct health-related 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 reading materials with you. 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.