You may be summoned for jury duty if you are at least eighteen (18) years old, a United States citizen, a resident of Arkansas and the county from which you are summoned, consider yourself of sound mind and good moral character, have the ability to read and write in English, and have not been convicted of a felony.
Your name will remain on the jury list no longer than six months, and you may be called anytime during that period unless you are told otherwise by the judge. You will not be called to serve more than 24 days during the six months.
The date and time you are to appear at the courthouse should be written on your summons. If a written summons is not used, you will be notified by a proper official, through your local newspaper, or through the local radio station. If you do not understand the notification instructions, you should call your local circuit clerk for clarification.
Those persons for whom jury service would be an extreme personal hardship may be excused, but only the judge may excuse you. If you have a serious problem, write or visit the local circuit clerk's office at once. They will tell you how to ask to be excused from jury duty
Yes. When you have to appear at court for jury service, you are entitled to receive a fee even if you are not selected to serve on the jury. If you are chosen as a juror, you will receive at least $50 for each day of service. The exact amount of payment is determined in part by the quorum court of the county.
Any parking ticket you receive while in the courthouse for jury duty should be given to the judge or clerk. The law does not require you to pay for these tickets when you are serving as a juror.
An employer must excuse you from work. If there is any problem, contact the judge immediately.
If you are on a jury and are not on time, the trial cannot start, and everyone must wait. Each juror must hear all the evidence in order to reach a decision. So, if something delays you unavoidably, telephone the judge's office or the clerk's office as soon as possible. If you do not have a reasonable excuse for arriving late, the judge can impose a fine.
There are no set rules about dress in court. Business casual is a good dress directive. You should also be comfortable. Please avoid extremes--you aren't going to a fish fry or a cocktail party. Shorts, halter tops, t-shirts, muscle shirts and dress of a similar nature are not permitted.
Generally speaking, you may take notes during the trial. However, you should ask the trial judge first to make sure that the particular judge trying the case allows note-taking.
If you are unable to hear or see the presentation of evidence, raise your hand to attract the attention of the judge and inform him of your problem.
Some judges do allow jurors to write questions down for witnesses. You should ask the judge if he or she permits questions.
No. You must base your verdict only upon the evidence that is presented and admitted in court. You should never independently visit a place mentioned in the case or attempt to investigate any aspect of it.
No. After a verdict is rendered, you are not required to speak with any of the attorneys, parties, or witnesses. However, you are not prohibited from doing so. You may also speak with the judge or the clerk if you feel there is a need.
If the judge allows you to bring a cell phone to the courtroom, it must be turned off. If the judge does not allow it, you may ask for special consideration of this rule if appropriate circumstances exist, such as if a family member's medical needs require you to remain in close contact. You must give such information to the judge and/or the clerk prior to the beginning of the trial.
You may not take a cell phone into the jury room during deliberations.