Jury selection in the 25th Judicial District Court is administered by the jury commission and the clerk of court at the direction of the Court. The five-member jury commission (the clerk of court as ex-officio and four court-appointed citizens), is responsible for selection of jury pools. The clerk of court prepares jury summonses, which are ordered by the Court based on projected trial activity and serve as a questionnaire and summons. Computer software randomly selects prospective jurors eligible for service.
The questionnaire portion requests basic information be returned within five days to verify or otherwise correct existing data and to confirm a prospective juror’s intent to serve. The form also provides recipients with the opportunity to claim an exemption allowed pursuant to Louisiana law: 1) 70 years of age and over, interdicted, 2) does not speak the English language, 3) not a U.S. citizen, 4) reported for jury service within the previous two years, 5) under age 18, 6) moved out of Plaquemines Parish, 7) has not lived in Plaquemines Parish for one year, 8) deceased, or 9) under indictment for a felony with civil rights not restored. As well, prospective jurors may request an excusal based on a hardship. Those requests, which should be supported with documentation (ex. doctor's note, travel arrangements, etc.) are considered by the Court.
Receipt of a summons for jury duty is not a guarantee that one will need to appear. Often, cases are settled or continued in advance of a trial date. Because prospective jurors by law must be summoned no less than six weeks prior to a trial date, the need for a large pool diminishes as the service date approaches. No later than the day before your summons date, you should consult this web page, or the Court's automated phone system (504) 934-6725, to see if you still need to appear.
If you have been called for jury service and have questions, visit the Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) section of this website. If you remain uncertain, please feel free to contact us at (504) 934-6610.
A NOTE ABOUT JUROR FRAUD
- In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn’t show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen. The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado. This (scam) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try and bully people into giving information by pretending they’re with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their websites, warning consumers about the fraud. The Clerk of Court’s Office will NEVER ask for personal information over the telephone. Do NOT give out personal information over the telephone. Check it out here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
- Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced. The caller claims to be a jury DUTY coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen. The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois , and Colorado , AZ and more. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.