JURY POOL MANAGEMENT
The court system has been dramatically impacted, with jury trials being delayed and rescheduled. Courts are adapting in various ways, and changes occur too frequently to post here.
For this reason, those who receive a jury summons should register regardless of appearance dates.
The online JUROR REGISTRATION SYSTEM will alert jurors via text/email whether or not to report on the date called.
All other protocols below remain the same.
I HAVE BEEN SENT A JURY SUMMONS. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Your summons is a legal request to report for Jury Duty. The summons will give you specific instructions, including when and where to report.
Click above to register online, which will allow you to confirm your contact information, receive electronic notifications about when to report, and complete the juror questionnaire.
Jury Duty scams continue despite all efforts to improve public awareness. Please note the following information about authentic Jury Duty:
You will never be asked for money in connection with Jury Duty
You will ONLY be summoned by mail, using the address last provided to the Registrar of Voters.
Scammers often claim that a deputy or other agent needs to collect a fine because you missed jury duty. This is NOT a method of the Calcasieu Clerk of Court.
If you suspect that you have been solicited by a scammer, please report it to the Sheriff's office as well as our office.
HOW ARE INDIVIDUALS SELECTED FOR JURY DUTY?
The names of all registered voters of Calcasieu Parish are placed into the Clerk of Court jury pool database. The information on record with the Registrar of Voters Office is used for Jury Duty selection. The computer uses a random selection formula to choose the names of people who will receive a summons for jury duty. The Calcasieu Parish Jury Commission supervises the selection of Jurors.
IS ANYONE EXEMPT FROM JURY DUTY?
The Supreme Court of Louisiana has established certain categories of persons who may claim an exemption from jury service. These are:
● Persons who have served as a Jurors during a period of 2 years
immediately preceding their report date
● All persons 70 years of age or older
Public officers, physicians, lawyers, judges, members of the armed forces, police and fire departments, and clergy, are no longer exempt.
One must expressly claim an exemption. It is not automatically granted. Follow the directions given on the JUROR REGISTRATION site.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE SERVE ON A JURY?
Louisiana law provides that a potential Juror must meet certain qualifications to be eligible to serve on a jury. These requirements are that a prospective Juror:
Must be a citizen of the United States and Louisiana and must have resided in Calcasieu Parish for at least one year before serving as a Juror;
Must be at least eighteen years old;
Must be able to read, write and speak the English language;
Must not be 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 to any degree (a written medical excuse from your doctor is required)
Must not be under indictment for a felony, nor convicted of a felony for which a pardon has not been granted.
SUPERVISOR OF JURY MANAGEMENT
(337) 721-3110 Ext 6462
Office of Jury Pool Management
Calcasieu Judicial Center (1st Flr)
1001 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 437-3496 Fax