Circuit Court

Jury Duty

 

"Jury Service is one of the highest duties of citizenship, for by it the citizen participates in the administration of justice…” Former Chief Justice of the United States-Honorable Harlan F. Stone 
 
“This is one of the few occasions when your community asks you to step forward and give of your time and talents to preserve our system of justice. You are being asked to participate as a juror, an experience few are afforded. You are being asked to insure the right to a trial by a jury of your peers, a right that only a tiny fraction of the world’s population enjoys.” Steve David, Justice Indiana Supreme Court " Former Boone County Circuit Court Judge" 
 
If you have questions about jury duty you may contact the Court during regular business hours and speak with the Bailiff. The telephone number is 765-482-0530.
 
Q1. I just received a letter from Judge Edens requiring me to fill out and return a juror questionnaire. What does this mean?

You may be sent a letter from Judge Edens requiring you to fill out and return a juror questionnaire. Each quarter approximately 300 such letters and questionnaires are sent out. Please return them promptly. Your name will be placed on the list of potential jurors during the particular 90-day period. You may or may not be required to appear in Boone Circuit Court as a potential juror sometime during the 90-day period. Most likely if required to appear it would only be one time. Notices are mailed at least 7 days in advance of any given trial date in which you are required to appear.

Q2. What happens if I am selected as a prospective juror for a particular case during my 90-day period?

(The following is a sample letter and information sheet that you will receive if you are selected as a prospective juror for a particular case. You will be provided more information when you arrive at the courthouse.)

 

Dear Prospective Juror:

 

You have been selected as a prospective juror for a jury trial scheduled in the Boone County Circuit Court.

 

Serving as a juror is one of the most important obligations of American citizenship. The right to a trial by jury is a constitutional right and your service as a prospective juror is an example of you doing your part to preserve and protect that constitutional guarantee. You will derive lasting benefits if you perform your duties as a juror conscientiously. You will learn how the judicial branch of your government works and you will take part in the quest for justice. Thank you for your time and commitment.

 

You are ordered to appear at 8:15 a.m. on the ________day of _______in the Boone County Circuit Court located on the third floor of the Courthouse. The Courthouse is located in downtown Lebanon, Indiana, on the Courthouse Square. If you do not appear, a LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MAY BE DISPATCHED TO TAKE YOU INTO CUSTODY AND BRING YOU TO COURT.

 

Please check in immediately with the Circuit Court Bailiff on the third floor of the Courthouse. Parking passes will be mailed to you.

 

As a prospective juror, you will be seated in the courtroom until such time as you are either selected as a juror or released. We understand that your time is valuable. We expect that you will know whether you have been selected as a juror or released by Noon, although circumstances may dictate otherwise. We will take all necessary steps to make any inconvenience to you minimal.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

J Jeffrey Edens, Judge

Boone Circuit Court

Enclosure: Juror Information Handout

Judge J. Jeffrey Edens

Circuit Court Judge

310 Courthouse Square

Lebanon, IN 46052

765-482-0530circuit@co.boone.in.us

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