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.
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.
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.
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.