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Initial notification you will receive from the courts will be a bright pink postcard that is titled Official Juror Notification. Once you receive this pink postcard you should read and follow the directions on how to complete the questionnaire. There are three ways to complete this questionnaire
1. LOG ON TO: http://www.sjcjury.com and follow the instructions to enter your Juror ID Number
2. TEXT: firstname.lastname@example.org from your mobile device and text your juror ID Number (Text response time varies per cell phone carrier).
3. CALL: The automated phone system at (574) 413-6349 and enter your Juror ID Number using the touch tone phone.
PLEASE NOTE: Your Juror ID Number and your Electronic Signature Number will be listed on the bright pink postcard you receive in the mail. These are needed to log on to, text, or call the jury system.
You will receive a paper summons in the mail that will include all of your reporting instructions. You can also opt in to receive text and/or email notifications that pertain to your potential jury service. PLEASE NOTE- electronic devices are not permitted in any of the St. Joseph County courthouses.
No. Cell phones, cameras, personal digital assistants (PDA's), electronic books, beepers, and any devices that are capable of audio and/or visual recording are not permitted in the courthouses within St. Joseph County. For a complete list of prohibited items please see the Local Rules for St. Joseph County, Indiana
The court shall determine if the prospective jurors are qualified to serve, or, if disabled but otherwise qualified, could serve with reasonable accommodation. In order to serve as a juror, a person shall state under oath or affirmation that he or she is:
(a) a citizen of the United States;
(b) at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(c) a resident of the summoning county;
(d) able to read, speak, and understand, the English language;
(e) not suffering from a physical or mental disability that prevents him or her from rendering satisfactory jury service;
(f) not under a guardianship appointment because of mental incapacity;
(g) not a person who has had rights to vote revoked by reason of a felony conviction and whose rights to vote have not been restored; and
(h) not a law enforcement officer, if the trial is for a criminal case.
A person may claim exemption from jury service only if the person (1) has completed a term of jury service in the twenty-four (24) months preceding the date of the person's summons, or (2) is exempt from jury service pursuant to an exemption expressly provided by statute.
The judge or judge's designee may authorize deferral of jury service for up to one (1) year upon a showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or necessity.