Jury Service is one of the most important civic obligations that a citizen has the opportunity to perform. At first, it often feels like an inconvenience. However, we regularly hear from jurors that it turned out to be an extremely rewarding, interesting and educational experience.
Jury Trial During the Ongoing Pandemic
Per Judge Timothy C. Day's recent letter to the new jury pool whose jury term starts April 1, 2021:
For the foreseeable future, trials will be subject to safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The District Court worked with the local Public Health Department, the Teton County Facilities Department, the Sheriff’s Office, and other stakeholders to develop a safe environment and health-informed procedures to conduct a safe trial for everyone: implementing new protocols before, during and after trial; upgrading components of the courthouse ventilation system; and making other physical changes to court facilities. If you are called to serve on a jury, more information about safety protocols would be provided before you even set foot into the courthouse.
Juror Pool Lists
The WY Supreme Court receives voter registration lists from the WY Secretary of State and driver’s license registration information from the WY Department of Transportation. The WY Supreme Court then randomizes the lists and provides each state and local court a jury pool list for the current term. Teton County's jury term is April 1st through March 31st.
Questionnaires are mailed out to the jury pool and are required to be completed and returned within a 10-day period. The potential jurors remain in the pool for one year.
Jurors are paid $30 per day, plus mileage if you live more than 5 miles from the courthouse, at the current IRS reimbursement rate
Examples of reasons jurors may be exempted or excused from jury duty include:
- You are not a resident of Teton County.
- You are under 18 or over 72 years of age.
- You have been convicted of a felony (W.S.S. 1-11-102 states: A person who has been convicted of any felony is disqualified to act as a juror unless his conviction is reversed or annulled, he receives a pardon or his rights are restored pursuant to W.S.S. 7-13-105(a)).
- You are an elected public official.
- You are a salaried member of an organized fire department, law enforcement agency, or member of the National Guard (W.S.S. 19-9-301).
- You have served as a juror in the previous term.
Most excusals require a sworn written request to be submitted and approved by the Judge.