Report for Jury Duty

What you need to know about reporting for jury duty in the City of St. Louis.

Overview

COVID-19 Related Notice:

Presiding Judge Rex M. Burlison has suspended all civil and criminal jury trials until January. 4, 2021, because of the continued rise in COVID-19 cases. The courts must protect public health and safety while mitigating against the spread of the coronavirus.

If you received a jury summons to appear for jury service any Monday in 2020, you may ignore your jury summons. You do not need to appear. Your name will be placed back into our database to be randomly selected to serve jury duty on a date in the future.

Please call the Jury Supervisor's Office at 314-622-4457 or email STLJuryRoom@courts.mo.gov if you have any questions. Thank you.

Jury Duty will only be canceled if City Offices are closed. This will be posted on the City's Homepage.

If you believe you have received a juror summons in error, please make sure to check the box highlighted in blue color at the beginning of the Juror Questionnaire.

Preparation

  1. Complete the Juror Qualification Questionnaire before your summons date: 
  2. If you are not a City of St. Louis resident or a United States citizen, you still must complete the Juror Qualification Questionnaire and show proof that you are not a City resident or that your are not a US citizen.
  3. On www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror/ you can:
    • Update your contact information
    • Request postponement/excusal
    • Check to see if your request has been granted or denied
    • Upload proof on not being a City Resident (driver's license, utility bill)
    • Upload proof of not being a US citizen (Visa, passport, I-94 card)

Instructions

After receiving Summons:

Complete the questionnaire within ten days of receiving it.

Jury Duty Supervisor
10 North Tucker
3rd Floor, Civil Courts Bldg. 
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Reporting to Jury Duty

Instructions on when and where to report are  in back of the summons.

  • Report to the Civil Courts Building, 10 N. Tucker, at 8 a.m.
  • Appropriate dress is required. (Shorts, tank tops, tee-shirts are not considered appropriate and you will be sent home to change if necessary) Jeans are acceptable.
  • Validated free parking is available at the Kiel Parking Garage, 1515 Clark Street. (The Court will validate only once each day. Bring your ticket with you for validation.)
  • A Jury Shuttle is available across from Kiel Parking Garage on Clark.
  • You will be given a lunch break, however lunch is not provided. You may bring your lunch or bring money for lunch.  There are many restaurants within walking distance.
  • Laptops and Cellphones are permitted. Free Wi-fi is available. There are limited power outlets. Once called, you will be required to turn off all electronics.

What to Expect

How long will I be there?

Most trials in the city of St. Louis last only a few days; however, some do last longer. At the beginning of the jury selection process, the trial judge will tell you how long he/she believes a particular case is expected to last. Jurors are asked to report at 8 am on the first day of service because of the time needed to check-in everyone prior to beginning trials. After the first day, jurors usually do not have to report until 9 am. Jurors are usually dismissed between 4:15 and 5 pm.

  • If selected for Grand jury: Service is for three months. (The Grand Jury meets two - three days per week.)
  • A voucher verifying the dates and number of days served will be issued when you complete your jury service.
  • Those who report to serve jury duty will be paid $12.00 per day.
  • Those who are selected and sworn as jurors to try a case will be paid $18.00 per day.
  • Checks for jury pay are issued by the city Treasurer and will be mailed within four to five weeks.

Related to COVID-19

So you won't be surprised when you arrive, here is what you can expect upon your arrival at the Civil Courts Building:

  • Once you enter the courthouse each prospective juror will have their temperature taken by a hand-held thermometer, to ensure that no one with fever or an elevated temperature is admitted;
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask while in the Court Building. Masks will be available for you or you may bring and wear your own;
  • After you pass through the initial security screening, you will then proceed to the Jury Assembly Room, where you will be checked in and seated, honoring 6 foot of social distancing as recommended by the Center of Disease Control;
  • Latex gloves will be available for those who wish to wear them, but gloves are not required. If you would like gloves, please request them from the Jury Supervisor or Court's bailiff when you are seated;
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to you at multiple locations throughout the courthouse; 0 The jury box, jury room, and jury bathrooms will be deep cleaned each evening when the Court recesses, and this will continue throughout the trial;
  • Individual lunches will be provided to the sworn trial jurors during each day of the trial to minimize the jurors' interactions at local restaurants;

Please note that if you:

  • have been diagnosed by a licensed physician as having Coronavirus anytime within the past 30 days; or
  • are actively involved in caring for a family member or loved one who has tested positive for the Coronavirus; or
  • are now in self-quarantine status and that status will continue pass your jury service date; or
  • have a pre-existing hardship or jury service will create an extreme hardship;

then, you should immediately advise the Jury Supervisor's Office at 314-622-4457. Documentation from your physician may be requested.

Please be assured you that the Court is mindful of these challenging times and will take every reasonable precaution to maintain your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the parties, lawyers, and the Court staff during jury check-in, jury selection and trial.

Additional Information

Jurors with Disabilities

The court is required by law to make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities summoned for jury service. If you have a disability, contact the Jury Supervisor's Office at 314-622-4457 as soon as possible.

How to be excused from jury duty?

Service may be postponed for a short period if it presents a hardship at the present time. Requests to be excused or postponed must be in writing and should be mailed or brought to the Jury Supervisor's Office before the jury service date:

Jury Supervisor's Office
3rd Floor
Civil Courts Bldg.
10 North Tucker
St. Louis, MO 63101

Office Hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
Call 314-622-4457 

If health reasons are the basis of the request, a written statement from a physician should be included.

Contact

Jury Supervisor's Office

stljuryroom@courts.mo.gov

(314) 622-4457

10 North Tucker, 3rd Floor, Civil Courts Bldg.
St. Louis, MO 63101

7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday

Contact the Jury Supervisor's Office

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