I'm on "Jury Duty" do I need to show up?
For Jury Trial Updates Recording call
How was I selected for Jury Service?
Juror names are selected at random from the listing provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles in accordance with your driver's license, and/or identification card. Before potential jurors are summoned for service, their names are randomly drawn from the motor vehicle listing to receive a qualification questionnaire to determine whether they meet the legal qualifications for jury service. Individuals who receive qualification questionnaires are required to complete and return them to the Clerk of Circuit Court office, where they are screened to determine eligibility for jury service.
The five qualification requirements are:
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Must be a resident of Portage County.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must be able to understand the English language.
- Must not be a convicted felon if conditions of your sentence are not yet completed.
When jurors are selected for a particular month, they receive jury trial notices by mail, 8-10 days prior to the jury trial for which they have been chosen to serve. The notice will list a telephone number to call the night before the trial (after 5:00 pm) to advise you whether the jury trial is on or off. If the recorded message states the trial is on, your appearance is required on that date and specific time.
WHEN TO APPEAR FOR JURY SERVICE?
If you have received a Summons to appear for a particular jury trial (typically it will have a specific trial number associated with it e.g. 2015TN9990) you will need to call our jury line the evening prior to the trial. The Jury telephone number is 715-346-1455. This number will have recorded information about each jury trial that is scheduled for the next business day.
Fees: Jurors are paid $17.50 per half-day, and $35.00 per full day, for jury service attendance. Mileage from your home to the courthouse is also reimbursed. Jurors serving a full-day of jury service may receive a $4.00 meal allowance stipend. Jury duty payment will be received approximately the second week, after the month of service. (Example, a juror serves in the month of January, payment is received approximately February 15th.).
Length of Service Jurors are randomly selected from the Annual Jury Pool of approximately 2500 individuals. Each month approximately 150 - 200 jurors are randomly selected to serve on a jury panel for that particular month. Jurors are summoned for jury service for a period of one month out of every four years.
Wisconsin State Statutes 756.28 states a juror may serve for a period of no more than five (5) days or the length of a trial.
Excuses: The law excusing jurors from service is very strict. All requests to be excused or deferred must be addressed with the Clerk of Circuit Court Office. All excuses based on medical conditions must be accompanied by a letter from your physician stating why you are unable to serve. It is important to submit these requests as early as possible. A juror should not assume the request will be granted. An unexcused absence may result in a charge of Contempt of Court and a subsequent fine and/or imprisonment. A one-time deferral of up to a six month period may also be requested with the Clerk of Circuit Court, postponing your service within that period.
Dress and Appearance: Casual attire (shorts, cutoffs, tube tops) are not considered appropriate attire for jury service. Dress comfortably. The Courtrooms have a tendency to be rather cool. You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket for the purpose.
Parking: Parking is permitted with a valid parking permit in the county's three parking lots. (a) Across from the Courthouse on Church Street; (b) On Strong Avenue next to the Courthouse Annex; (c) The Northeast corner of Water and Arlington Streets. It is NOT valid for parking on the streets, the Sentry Parking Lot, or the Sheriff's Department.
Failure to Appear: Jurors who fail to report for jury duty and who have not been excused by the Court, may result in a charge of Contempt of Court and a subsequent fine and/or imprisonment.
If you have additional questions about your jury service or would like to make a comment about your jury service please call us at 715-346-1364 # 3, or email us at: Portage.ClerkofCourts@wicourts.gov