Welcome

The Court knows that your time is valuable and that you are setting  aside many important tasks in order to perform your civic duty. Before  you arrive for jury service, we take every possible step to ensure that  the cases set for trial during your service are ready to proceed. 

Juror Information

Qualifications

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  • You must be a citizen of the United States  and of this state who has resided within Grant Parish for at least one  year immediately preceding this date.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be able to read,  write, and speak the English language and be possessed of sufficient  knowledge of the English Language.
  • You must not be under  interdiction or incapable of serving as a juror because of a mental or  physical infirmity, provided that no person shall be deemed incompetent  solely because of the loss of hearing in any degree.
  • You must not be under indictment for a felony nor have been convicted of a felony for which you have not been pardoned.
  • You must not be interdicted or incapable.

Exemptions

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  • If you have actually served on a grand,  petit, or civil jury within the last 2 years, you may claim this  exemption. To claim this exemption, please send in a written request  detailing the case caption and dates of your previous jury service. If  you wish to serve on the jury, you need not claim this exemption.
  • If you are over the age  of 70, you may claim this exemption. To claim this exemption, please  contact our office. If you wish to serve on the jury, you need not claim  this exemption.
  • If you fail to meet any  one of the qualifications for serving as a juror, or if you wish to  claim an exemption from jury service, or if there is an extreme hardship  which would prevent you from serving, please send a written explanation as to why you cannot serve

What to Expect

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      All prospective jurors will be brought into  the courtroom for a roll call, and general information will be given at  that time. As each panel of jurors selected for questioning will be  seated, the remaining jurors may be asked to wait outside the courtroom.  When it is your turn, please be alert, courteous and honest about your  feelings and opinions on issues. Upon completion of the jury selection  process, anyone not selected will be released. If you need something in  writing for your employer, please see the Grant Parish Clerk of Court.
   If you are selected as a  juror, the judge will give you detailed instructions and information  concerning such matters as anticipated length of the trial, when to  report back to the courtroom after a recess, what you are expected to do  and not do as a juror, and other matters that the judge feels are  relevant to your jury service.

Dress Code and Rules of Conduct:

 

Modest dress is required.

The wearing of flip flops, shorts, tank tops or head coverings of any kind is prohibited.

All men's shirts must be tucked into their pants.

The carrying of any type of weapon in the courtroom is prohibited.

No cell phones, cameras, or other recording devices are permitted.

No food or beverages are allowed in the courtroom.

No talking is allowed while court is in session.

No newspapers allowed in the courtroom.

Parents, please try to keep your children quiet.

Notice to Employers Regarding Jury Duty

 

La. R.S. 23:965 provides that:

A. (1) No employer shall  discharge or otherwise subject any adverse employment action, without  cause,    any employee called to serve or presently serving any jury  duty and no employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation,  or policy providing for the discharge of any employee who has been  called to serve, or who is presently serving on, any grand jury or on  any jury at any criminal or civil trial, provided the employee notifies  his or her employer of such summons within a reasonable period of time  after receipt of a summons and prior to his or her appearance for jury  duty. 

      (2) Any employer  violating the provisions of this Subsection shall be required to  reinstate all discharged employees at the same employment, wages,  salary, benefits, and other conditions of employment enjoyed by said  employees before their discharge.   The employer shall additionally be  fined not less than one hundred nor more than one thousand dollars for  each employee discharged.

B. (1) Any person who is  regularly employed in the State of Louisiana shall, upon call or  subpoena to serve on a state petit or grand jury, or central jury pool,  be granted a leave of absence by his or her employer, of up to one day  for that period of time required for such jury duty.  Such leave of  absence shall be granted without loss of wages, or sick, emergency, or  personal leave or any other benefit.

  1. (2)Any  employer who violates the provisions of this Subsection shall be  required to pay claimant employee his full wages for one day of that  period required for jury duty, without reduction in sick, emergency, or  personal leave or any other benefit.  The employer shall additionally be  fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred  dollars for each offense.