HELP AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT eRESPONSE AND JURY SERVICE IN GENERAL

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Q: What is eResponse?
eResponse is an automated system on the court's website. Jury candidates can log into eResponse from home to complete forms such as the Qualification Questionnaire and the Summons for Jury Service electronically.

Q: How do I know that eResponse is secure?
The court follows current best practices for database and server security, maintained by highly skilled Information Technology court staff, and supported by a dedicated national network security group.

Q: I need to complete my Qualification Questionnaire but I do not have a computer or Internet access. What should I do?
The Court understands that not all prospective jurors have access to a computer. You may wish to use your local library's computer terminals to access the eResponse system. However, if this option is not available to you and you require a paper copy of the questionnaire, please call 1-877-750-0431. Please leave a voice mail message with your name and your 10 digit candidate ID number. A paper Qualification Questionnaire will be mailed to you.

Q: I cannot log into eResponse -- the system indicates my PIN number is not valid. What should I do?
Your PIN number is in the format letter number letter number, for example, A3C5. Please ensure that you are typing your PIN number accurately based on this format. The letter 'O' can be difficult to distinguish from a number zero, '0'. The letter 'I' can look a lot like a number one, '1'.

Q: I cannot type my full 5 digit zip code when logging into eResponse. What should I do?
It has been reported that on some computer systems, blank spaces initially appear in the zip code field. Deleting the blank spaces from the zip code field beforehand will usually allow you to enter the full five digits of your zip code.

Q: When logging in, eResponse indicates that the zip code I entered is invalid. What should I do?
If you have recently moved, eResponse will report that your new zip code is invalid. If you have recently moved, please follow the instructions for the Q: What if I have moved? question below.

Q: What if I have moved?
Please write your new address on the front side of the questionnaire letter you received and please mail the letter to Jury Clerk, P.O. Box 1498, Lafayette, IN 47902. In this instance, it is NOT necessary to complete the Qualification Questionnaire.

Q: What if the person who received the questionnaire has passed away?
Please write "passed away" or "deceased" on the front side of the questionnaire letter you received and please mail the letter to Jury Clerk, P.O. Box 1498, Lafayette, IN 47902. In this instance, it is NOT necessary to complete the Qualification Questionnaire.

Q: What is the difference between a qualification questionnaire and a summons?
A qualification questionnaire is a "fill in the bubble" form designed to provide the court with information to determine if you are legally qualified to be a juror, as well as statistical information. If you are legally qualified for federal jury duty, at some point you may be sent a summons, which is an order from the court calling you to jury service.

Q: How was I selected?
Your name was randomly selected from the Indiana voter registration list.

Q: Where will I serve on jury duty?
For petit jury service, you will serve in the division based on the county in which you live. For a list of counties please go to: http://www.innd.uscourts.gov/divisional.shtml . Grand jurors, however, may have a broader scope of service.

Q: What is grand jury service?
The federal grand jury hears evidence presented by an attorney of the government which tends to show the commission of a crime and whether someone should be tried for that crime. The grand jury then votes to indict or not to indict that person or persons.

Q: What is petit jury service?
Petit (trial) jurors are "on call" for a three month period. Although you are on call, you will only be required to report for jury selection a couple times during your term of service. The number of times may vary depending on the needs of the court. You will appear only on days when requested during the period of service. Please note that if you are called to serve on a trial that begins at the end of your term of service or if you are selected for a trial that exceeds your service period, you will be required to serve until the completion of the trial.

Q: May I bring my cell phone, pager or laptop computer into the Courthouse?
No, new security requirements prohibit carrying such devices in the Courthouse. Please do not bring them into the Courthouse.

Q: How long will I be on call for?
You will be on call for a period of three months. You probably will not actually serve on a jury more than one or two times, even though you may be called more often, because some scheduled trials are continued or canceled for a variety of reasons. Most of our trials last 1-2 days. Occasionally, a trial will last for several days. You will be advised of the trial schedule by the judge at the beginning of the trial.

Q: What time will I be able to go home each evening if I am selected to serve?
Most of our trials follow business hours when possible, however, on day of deliberation, you may be required to stay later in order to render a verdict.

Q: What if I cannot go to jury duty?
You need to write a letter to the Jury Clerk and request to be excused.  Click here for address information.
NOTE: The court DOES NOT accept excuses from the employer.

Q: What if I get sick at the last minute?
If you get sick at the last minute please call the Jury Clerk at the toll free number 1-877-377-1219. If you call before working hours please leave a message.

Q: What types of cases do you hear in this court?
We hear civil and criminal cases in this court. A civil matter is a court proceeding in which one party seeks to recover money damages or other relief from another party. A criminal matter is one in which the government seeks to enforce a criminal law.

Q: What is the difference between a judge and a magistrate judge?
A district court judge is nominated by the President and confirmed by the US Senate. These judicial officers are appointed for a life term. District court judges hear criminal and civil cases. A U.S. magistrate judge is a judicial officer of the district court and is appointed by majority vote of the active district judges of the court to exercise jurisdiction over matters assigned by statute as well as those delegated by the district judges. A full-time magistrate judge serves a term of eight years. Duties assigned to magistrate judges by district court judges may vary considerably from court to court, however, magistrate judges usually hear civil cases and criminal misdemeanor cases.

Q: How many trials take place every week?
Normally there are one or two trials a week.

Q: How long until I will receive payment for serving?
Checks for jury service will be mailed to your home approximately two weeks from the first day of service.

Q: How much and when will I get paid?
Currently, jurors are paid $40 for each day they serve either on a case or in the assembly room while available to be assigned to a case, plus round trip mileage. Checks for jury service will be mailed to your home approximately two weeks from the first day of service. Thereafter, if the trial lasts more than one week, checks will be mailed to your home weekly. Contact the Jury Clerk at the Lafayette office if you have not received compensation or have questions.

Q: If I don't get my excuse letter there by the due date, can I still be considered for an excuse?
Yes, all excuses will be considered when received in the clerk's office.
NOTE: The court DOES NOT accept excuses from the employer.

Q: Do I need to attach a note from my doctor for a medical excuse?
No.

Q: What should I wear?
Proper attire showing respect for the court ie: slacks, jeans, shirts, dresses, etc. without holes; no shorts or tank tops.

Q: What if I do not read, speak or understand English?
If you cannot understand English, contact the jury office in Lafayette at 765-420-6250. If you need assistance, a friend or a family member who can speak English can make the phone call for you.

Q: Do I have to cancel my vacation if I receive a notice to appear and the date is while I'm on vacation?
You can go on vacation, but need to send a letter asking to be excused for that reason.

Q: Why do I always get summoned but other people don't?
All people selected for jury service are selected at random from the voters registration list.

Q: Why do I have to wait around so much as a juror?
The judge and court staff work hard to reduce the time you spend waiting as a juror. However, waiting time cannot be completely eliminated. A trial is very important to the people involved and it is very important that things happen correctly. The law is also complex and many steps have to happen before, during, and after the trial. Try to be patient while waiting. Court staff will try to explain delays when possible. Be assured everyone is working to avoid delays.

Q: What if I get discharged from my job because I served on jury duty?
Federal Statute Title 28, US Code, Section 1875 states that no employers shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employee's jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States. This statute also advises the employer of the consequences for violating the provisions of this section.