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As a citizen, you are a partner and shareholder in the state and nation. Jury service is part of the responsibility of being a citizen of this great country. To serve as a juror is an honor. It is also a very interesting experience. Service will bring you satisfaction and pride in yourself. Service may bring some minor sacrifices, but you should not seek to avoid this opportunity.
In Clark County, Nevada we have what is known as the One Day, One Trial jury system. This means that if you are not chosen for a jury, you will have fulfilled your service and will not be called again for at least 18 months to three years.
If you are not chosen, then you are excused. Unless the judge orders you to come back to complete his jury selection process, that is the end of your jury service. If you are selected for a jury, you must serve until the end of the trial.
An average jury trial for a criminal case takes three to five days. There are exceptions, but that’s the average time jurors spend in our courts.
Jury Services is located on the Third Floor of the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue, in Downtown Las Vegas.
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To qualify as a prospective juror you are required to:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a resident of Clark County
- Be without a felony conviction
- Understand the English language.
On your scheduled appearance day, report to the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Avenue in Las Vegas. Follow the signs to the Jury Assembly Room, located on the third floor. Please be seated until your number is called.
On the first day of service you must be prepared to remain at the courthouse until 5 p.m. You are welcome to bring a book, magazine, or personal work with you. However, local newspapers are not allowed because they may contain information about a pending trial.
Proper clothing is required in the courtrooms of the courthouse. No shorts, halter tops, muscle shirts, hats or jogging suits are permitted. A suit and a tie are not required to serve as a juror.
If you are unable to report for jury service on your reporting date, please call the Jury Services office at (702) 455-4472.
Employers are required by Nevada State Law, NRS 6.190, to allow you, as a prospective juror, the time off to participate in the jury process. An employer's failure to comply may result in a civil action against the employer.
Each person summoned to report is entitled to a fee of $40 for each day after the second day of jury selection and, if sworn in as a juror, is entitled to a fee of $40 for each day or service. Mileage is reimbursed at 36.5 cents a mile for each mile traveled if the residence is 65 miles or more from the place of trial.
On your reporting date and while serving as a juror, parking is pre-paid at 425 Fremont Street. Enter the parking garage from Fourth Street. This is the Fremont Experience Parking Garage. Bring your parking stub with you to Jury Services for validation. Maximum vehicle height is 8'2". If you require handicapped parking or your vehicle is over 8'2", please tell the parking attendant. We are unable to pay for parking in restricted areas, timed areas, or at parking meters.
Beverages and snacks may be purchased at the snack bar on breaks or during lunch. These items may not be taken into the courtroom. The Regional Justice Center is a No Smoking building. Break and lunch times are determined by the Court. Many restaurants are located on Fremont Street.
When you are sworn in as a juror in a case on trial, there are some rules of conduct you should observe.
Discussing The Case - During the trial, jurors should not talk about the case with each other, with the parties, witnesses, attorneys or other persons, or allow other people to talk about the case in their presence. Someone may believe that something improper is taking place. If anyone should insist upon talking about the case to you, tell that person that you are on the jury and must not listen. If any person attempts to influence you as a juror, you should report it to the judge or bailiff at the first opportunity.
Radio and Newspaper Accounts - In order that the mind of each juror be kept open until all the evidence, arguments, and the instructions of the court have been heard, jurors must not listen to radio or television accounts of the trial or read articles which may appear in newspapers during the trial. Such accounts sometimes give one an unbalanced view of the case.
Don't Jump To Conclusions - You are not to form or express any opinion on any subject connected with the trial until the case is finally submitted to you.
Don't Be An Amateur Detective - Since the only evidence you can consider is that presented in court, your are not allowed to make an independent investigation or visit any of the places involved in the lawsuit. If it is proper or necessary for the jury to inspect a place involved in the case, the judge will so order a visit.
Promptness - It is important that jurors not be late in reporting for service. One juror who is late wastes the time of all the other jurors, the judge, the witnesses, the parties, and the other court employees. An attorney, witness, or juror may be fined for contempt of court for being late.
Dress - There is a strict dress code in District Court. Shorts, t-shirts, halter tops and other brief attire are not permitted.
Inside the courtroom you will meet various individuals who do the work of the court. Once you have arrived in your courtroom, follow the instructions of the bailiff and the judge.
Seated at the front of the courtroom is the Judge. The judge is in charge of the trial and considers all legal questions. Seated next to the judge is the Clerk of the Court. The clerk helps the judge keep track of physical evidence, the many court documents and she maintains court records. She also swears in all witnesses.
The Bailiff maintains a quiet courtroom atmosphere during the trial, guards prisoners in criminal trials and helps the judge with the jury. If you need anything, go ahead and ask the bailiff.
There may be a court reporter or recorder sitting at the front of the courtroom. This individual records every word spoken in the court. The parties and their attorneys sit at tables in front of the judge.
In a civil case, the person bringing the lawsuit is know as the Plaintiff, while the person being sued is the Defendant. Usually these matters are over money or property rights.
In a criminal case, the State of Nevada is represented by a Clark County District Attorney who prosecutes defendants for allegedly committing a crime. The attorneys will present their evidence to the jury and will examine witnesses. Sometimes one attorney will object to a question or a piece of evidence. The judge may agree and refuse to allow it, or disagree and overrule the objection.
The attorneys will conclude the trial with closing statements, and the judge will instruct you about the law and how it applies to the case. At this point the jury begins to deliberate and consider all of the evidence. The bailiff will take the jury to a deliberation room to discuss the case and reach a decision.
Q: What shall I wear to court?
A: You are required to wear proper clothing to court. No shorts, halter tops, muscle shirts, hats or jogging suits are permitted. A suit and tie are not required. If you have any doubts, check with Jury Services.
Q: How did you get my name for Jury Service?
A: Clark County obtains a list of driver's license and state identification card holders from the Department of Motor Vehicles. From this list, names are randomly selected to receive a jury summons.
Q: Is there any special way I must act in court?
A: You should conduct yourself as you would at any serious and important event. You should be courteous at all times. It is important that you be alert and pay attention while court is in session. You may bring a book or magazine to read while you are waiting for court to begin or during recess. However, YOU MAY NOT BRING ANY LOCAL NEWSPAPERS TO COURT. You also may not bring into court beepers, cameras, recorders, or cellular telephones.
Q: What happens if I am running late and cannot make it to court by the time trial starts?
A: It is very important for jurors to arrive on time. The trial cannot continue until all jurors are present because each juror must hear all the evidence. If you are late, all participants, including your fellow jurors, must wait for you to arrive. Remember you may be fined for contempt of court for being late. Please telephone the appropriate department if you are unavoidably detained.
Q: Is it all right for me to take notes during the trial?
A: You may take notes during the trial. However, it is important that you do not become so focused on note taking that you miss the overall nature of the witness's testimony or miss important points.
Q: How long before I could get another summons?
A: You could receive a summons approximately every two years from the Eighth Judicial District Court; however, there are two other Courts separate from this one, you may be summoned for.