Jefferson County Jury Information

ALL SUPREME, COUNTY AND CITY JURORS call the code-a-phone at 1-315-779-5999 for recorded reporting instructions.

 

GRAND JURORS should call the District Attorney code-a-phone at 1-315-779-5993 for recorded reporting instructions.

 

 

Notice from the Commissioner of Jurors re: Coronavirus and Flu

 

In light of public health concerns arising over the coronavirus, please note the following:

If you have been summoned for jury duty, beginning on March 16th and continuing until further notice:

  • Please do not appear at the courthouse.  Your service has been suspended at this time.  You will hear from us in the future with another date for service.

 

If you are a juror currently serving on a criminal trial, on a grand jury or on a civil trial where opening statements have been made:

  • You are required to appear to continue your service. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

QUESTIONNAIRE COMPLETION:

 

Qualification questionnaires should be completed and return within ten business days of receipt.  Complete your questionnaire online at www.nyjuror.gov or by phone by calling 866-648-4880 or mail your completed questionnaire in the return envelope provided.

 

If you fail to return your questionnaire by the above requested time, you will receive additional notices, including a subpoena to appear.

 

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCY:

 

If you are not a citizen, do not use the online or telephone service.  Complete the questionnaire and return it by regular mail, along with a copy of your Alien Registration, Green Card, Work Permit, Passport or Visa showing your name and picture. 

 

If you are no longer a resident of __________ county, please do not use the online or telephone service for this matter. Complete your questionnaire or summons; make a note on your summons or questionnaire where it indicates “address change”. Please return this to our office, along with one of the following documents: a current tax return (with amounts deleted), voter registration card, a deed, a lease, a mortgage statement, driver’s license or utility bill. 

 

SUMMONSES:

 

Please look at section C of your summons for reporting instructions – this will tell you which court location to report to and when.

 

POSTPONEMENTS: 

 

If you wish to postpone your service, you must make your request more than ___ days before the date on your summons.  You may apply for an automatic first postponement by calling

800-449-2819 or visiting www.nyjuror.gov.  Please have your juror index # available.

 

Please be aware, you will not receive any paperwork with confirmation of your postponement until the summons is mailed.  Please do not reach out to the jury office unless you need to change your postponement date. You will receive a summons 2-3 weeks prior to your date of service.

 

If you previously postponed or were absent, a request for a postponement must be made in person. You will be asked to provide documentation supporting the reason for your request. 

 

If you are no longer a resident of _____________ county, make note on the summonses where address change is indicated and return along with copies of two of the following documents: a current tax return (with amounts deleted), voter registration card, a deed, a lease, a mortgage statement, driver’s license or utility bill. 

 

If you are not a citizen, return the summons to the Commissioner of Jurors office along with a copy of your Alien Registration, Green Card, Work Permit, Passport or Visa showing name and picture. 

 

GRAND JURY:

 

If you wish to postpone your service, you must make your request more than 3 days before the date on your summons.  You may apply for an automatic first postponement by calling          800-449-2819 or visiting www.nyjuror.gov

 

If you previously postponed or were absent, a request for a postponement must be made in person. You will be asked to provide documentation supporting the reason for your request. 

 

 MEDICAL CONDITION/CARE GIVER:

 

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from serving, please mail your completed questionnaire or summons along with a letter from your healthcare provider stating your condition and why it prevents you from serving as a juror.  If you are employed and claiming a medical excuse, your health care provider’s statement must explain why you are able to work, but not serve as a juror.  In addition, include a letter from your employer, on company letterhead, stating any special accommodations that might be provided for you due to your condition.  All documentation will be reviewed, and you will be granted either an excuse or a postponement.  You will not receive confirmation.

 

If you are the caregiver of a minor child and are asking to be excused, please mail a copy of the child’s birth certificate with your completed original summons or questionnaire.  If you are employed, you must submit a letter on your company’s letter head stating the hours and days of your employment.  Please note: paid care-givers are not eligible for an excusal. All documentation will be reviewed, and you will be granted either an excuse or a postponement.  You will not receive confirmation.

 

If you are a caregiver to another, please mail or email a letter from the person’s healthcare provider stating the person’s age, relationship to you, and the medical condition requiring you to serve as a caregiver. If you are employed and claiming a caregiver excuse, the health care provider’s statement must explain why you are able to work, but unable to serve as a juror.

 

 

JURY PAYROLL:

 

The jury fee is $40 per day. If you are employed, your employer is obligated to pay you at least $40 per day for the first three days of your jury service, if there are more than 10 employees within the company.  Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for payment to be issued to you.  To report a lost check or non-payment for jury service please contact the Commissioner of Jurors office.

 

 

 

We never call and ask you for personal information.  NEVER give out personal information over the telephone.

General Information

Absence of Emergency: If illness or emergency prevents you from reporting, please call at 1-315-785-3049 after 8:30 am on the day you are to report.

Accessibility: If you have a disability and need accommodation, call 1-315-785-3049 or 1-800-662-1220 for relay call.

Court Hours: Court normally operates from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm., with a lunch hour and breaks throughout the day.  Court sessions rarely continue beyond 4:00 pm.

Electronics: Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the jury assembly rooms and other waiting areas.  They must be turned off during jury selection and trial.  There is public access WIFI in the County courthouse.  There are also computer work stations in the assembly room.

Meals: There is a mid-day lunch break everyday. A microwave and refrigerator are provided, if you wish you bring your lunch.

Parking/Transportation: The court does not pay for transportation fares, parking fees or parking violations.

Security: Court Officers are stationed throughout the court.  Members of the public must pass through a magnetometer to enter.  Please arrive early and allow extra time for this process.

Court Locations

Jefferson County Court Complex

163 Arsenal Street

Watertown NY 13601

New York State Supreme Court

317 Washington Street

Watertown NY 13601

City of Watertown City Court

245 Washington Street

Watertown NY 13601

Grand Jurors Report to 4th Floor
Jefferson County Court Complex

Town/Village Jurors check your summons for instructions and reporting address

Commissioner of Jurors

Jerry O. Eaton

Jefferson County Court Complex

163 Arsenal Street

Watertown NY 14202

Phone: 315-785-3049

Fax: 315-782-5108

Email the Commissioner:

jeffersonjury@nycourts.gov