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Midland-Odessa Jury Instructions

Juror Instructions:

Warning: Email Questionnaire Scam
Posted: 7/30/2014   New!

We have received confirmation that individuals are receiving emails requesting that they complete their juror questionnaire online. The email has a link to the questionnaire. If you receive this type of email, please be aware that this is a scam. Our jurors are not notified via email to complete their questionnaires. If you have questions about any correspondence that you are receiving from the Federal Courts, please contact the District Clerk's Office.

 

JURY INFORMATION AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY AT:

Check Reporting Instructions or call either:

  • 1-888-587-9329 (toll-free), or
  • 1-210-472-4912 (direct)

Request Postponement or Excusal

INFORMATION ABOUT FEDERAL JURY SERVICE

LOCATION:
United States District Courthouse
200 East Wall
Midland, Texas 79701
Courthouse Location

You will report for jury duty to the jury assembly room #310, third floor of the courthouse.

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ENTERING COURTHOUSE:
Please have a picture identification card available to present when entering the courthouse building. Do not bring cell phones, pagers or other electronics with you into the courthouse.
PARKING:
Limited parking is available for jurors attending the Court. This parking is located across the street from the Federal Building on the north side of Wall Street. Please do not park in the lot located in front of the Post Office. Persons parking in the Post Office lot are limited to thirty (30) minutes and are subject to having their cars towed.
YOUR SUMMONS:
Your summons includes important information about your jury service in Federal Court.
How long will I serve?
Your jury panel is subject to being called for three months beginning with the day of your summons. This date is listed on your summons.

Top of summons showing month when service is required

What day do I begin my service?
Your Summons will instruct you to report on the specific date listed. (Allow the entire day for your jury service.)
How will I be informed about when to report?
Under the "Message Call-in Time" section of your summons, it instructs jurors to call our messaging system the night before they are scheduled to report. When accessing our messaging system, jurors will need to enter their Juror Participant Number. This Participant Number can be found on the summons.

Jurors will also receive a courtesy automated phone call reminder regarding when they are scheduled to report.

Instructions to determine when you report for service

What is the expected length and frequency of my service?
Jury selections are scheduled on Mondays with very few exceptions. Jurors can be summoned more than once during the particular month of their initial summons. If you are selected for a trial and it lasts more than one day, the judge will dismiss the jury each evening and instruct you as to what time you will need to report in for the next day. Most of the trials are estimated from 1 - 3 days. If the trial continues later into the evening than expected, you will be given enough time to get in touch with your family to make arrangements.
SUMMONS JUROR QUALIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE:
Enclosed with your summons you will find a Summons Juror Qualification Questionnaire. Please complete this form and return it as soon as possible. It is very important that you include your phone number, in the event our office needs to contact you should changes in the Court's schedule occur. All blanks must be answered. If a question does not pertain to you, please mark with a N/A (Not Applicable). You will receive a self-addressed, postage paid envelope to be used when returning the completed Summons Juror Qualification Questionnaire.

Top of Juror Qualification Questionnaire

EXCUSES:
Federal Law allowing the granting of excuses is very strict. Request for excuses/postponements should be mailed with the completed Summons Juror Qualification Questionnaire form in the return envelope provided. Excuses will not be considered without the questionnaire. If a situation arises after you have submitted your completed questionnaire, you may mail your request to:

Clerk, United States District Court
ATTN: Jury Clerk
200 E. Wall, Room 222
Midland, Texas 79701-5217

OR

you may also submit your excuse request on-line:   Request Postponement or Excuse.

A juror can check the status of their request by accessing our Jury Messaging System (see section on "Excuse Request Status", below). You are not to assume your request has been granted. All excuses for medical reasons must be accompanied by a written narrative from the attending physician on his or her letterhead.

Jurors who fail to report for jury duty and who have not been excused by the court may be served a Show Cause Order. Those jurors will be ordered to appear before the Court to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of the Jury Service and Selection Act. Contempt penalties range from a $1,000 fine, imprisoned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof.
EXCUSE REQUEST STATUS:
The decision of the Court will be made available to you by accessing our Jury Messaging System at 888-587-9329 or on-line at Reporting Instructions. Please make sure you have your Participant Number available when accessing the message system. When an excuse request is submitted to our office, the Jury Messaging System will either state that your request has been granted or denied. Allow 7-10 business days before accessing the Jury Messaging System to check the status of your excuse request.
JUROR FEES:
  • A $40.00 daily attendance fee is paid for each day you report for jury duty, even if you are not selected to hear a case (with the exception of Federal Government Employees).
  • A prescribed rate per mile is paid for the distance traveled to and from a juror's residence by the shortest, practical route going to, and returning from the place of service. Please indicate the one-way mileage on the Summons Juror Qualification Questionnaire.
COURTROOM DECORUM:
The following is a guideline for courtroom decorum which jurors are asked to observe:
  1. Rise when addressing or being addressed by the Judge and always begin your answer to a question by stating your juror number.
  2. No tobacco in any form at any time,
  3. No propping of feet on tables and/or chairs,
  4. No bottles, beverage containers, paper cups or food shall be brought into the Courtroom,
  5. No gum chewing, reading of newspapers and/or magazines (except as part of evidence in a case),
  6. Shirt tails must be tucked in,
  7. It is recommended that male jurors wear a coat and tie and that all female jurors wear suits or dresses for jury duty. Jeans are not considered appropriate.
CHANGE OF NAMES, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND/OR EMPLOYMENT CHANGES:
A current mailing address is important and required so that your jury check can be delivered by the postal service. The U.S. Post Office will not forward jury checks.

Jurors who have a change of name, address, phone number and/or employment after they have submitted their Summons Juror Qualification Questionnaire should submit these changes to the Jury Section as soon as possible. Be sure to indicate the Panel Number and Juror Participant Number with the change being submitted.

A current day time phone number is also important in the event we need to contact you by telephone.

If you have additional questions regarding your jury service, please feel free to call the jury clerk at (432) 686-4001.