Jury Duty

Court cases are often decided by a “jury.” Juries are typically a group of people from the area who are asked to consider all the evidence in a given case, and provide specific findings and recommendations to the court. If you receive a notice to serve on a jury, you are legally required to show up or contact the court.
Typically, courts pull names from the voter registration list from the State of Louisiana. After which, potential jurors are mailed a qualification questionnaire form to complete and return to the court. If the court decides that you are qualified to serve, your name is entered into a pool and you may be randomly selected as a juror.
If you do not report for jury duty and you are not excused by the court, you may be charged a fine of $1000, imprisoned for up to three days, ordered to perform community service, or face other penalties. If you are unable to serve, you should contact the court as soon as possible.
Sometimes the court may excuse you from jury service, or require you to report at a later date. This could depend on many factors, and you should contact the court about your situation if you feel you cannot serve.
Bring your “Notice to Report” with you when you report for jury duty. You may also want to bring a book or magazine, since there can be long periods of time when you will not be needed in the courtroom. If you have special dietary needs, you may bring your food or snacks with you.
You should wear appropriate attire for a courtroom. You should not wear shorts or flip-flop sandals. You may want to bring a sweater or jacket since the courtrooms can get cold.
Contact the jury section/management before the beginning of your term of service. The clerks will work with you on this.

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600