What follows is a brief overview of jury selection and service.
People with Douglas County addresses are selected at random from lists provided by the Kansas DMV. They are notified by mail that they are part of the jury pool from which individual juries are selected. Once notified, they must complete the online questionnaire or a paper questionnarie available upon request.
During their two week jury service, qualified jurors need to call (785) 832-5108 as instructed to learn whether they must appear at court. If called to appear, prospective jurors need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and report to the courtroom where jury selection will be taking place. This information will be provided in the recorded jury message.
Once the prospective jurors are assembled, a judge will explain procedures and practices in greater detail. Attorneys representing all parties in the case will then ask questions to try to eliminate jurors who may have conflicts of interest or a bias in favor or against one party. The attorneys then make their peremptory challenges, and jurors are sworn to try the case.
The trial will begin once the jury is selected. Typically, attorneys for each side make an opening statement. Then, the prosecutor in a criminal trial or the plaintiff in a civil trial presents the case against the defendant. The defendant's attorney then presents the case in favor of the defendant. Each side makes a final argument before the jury.
After both sides have presented their case, the judge instructs the jury on its responsibilities in seeking a verdict, and then the jury retires to a private room for its deliberations.
When you are told to report for jury service, please come to the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center at 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS. The Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is the contemporary building just east of the old county courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts Streets.
To view a map of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, please visit Google Maps - JLE.