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FAQs: Juror FAQ
How was I selected to be a juror?
Our source for juror names comes from voter registration lists. The names are selected through a mathematical sequence using an electronic data processing system. This selection takes place every two years.
Why do I have to come to the City of Milwaukee or Green Bay for jury service?
Please keep in mind that this notice is for Federal Court, not County Court. Our jurisdiction is the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which is divided into two (2) divisions, Milwaukee and Green Bay. The Milwaukee Division consists of Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. The remaining counties are in the Green Bay Division. Individuals who reside within the Milwaukee Division counties will be instructed to come to the Milwaukee Courthouse, and those residing within the Green Bay Division counties will go to the Green Bay Courthouse, unless otherwise directed.
The report date for my jury service is listed as "TO BE NOTIFIED". When should I expect to report?
It takes approximately four (4) weeks to prepare and process a group of qualified jurors. You may receive a report date within four (4) to six (6) weeks after you receive your questionnaire. If you are qualified, you will receive a notice giving you a specific date and time to report when your name is randomly drawn. If you have been excused, you will receive notification of that excusal.
My employer does not want me to perform jury service. What are my rights?
The United States Code, Section 1875, describes the protection of jurors' employment. Jury service is a citizen's obligation. The employer must provide the employee with time to serve.
Will I receive proof of jury service for my employer?
Upon check-in, you will be asked if you would like a work certificate. If so, one will be provided. If you are selected to serve on a trial, you will be given a certificate indicating each day of service.
I live far away. Am I still expected to appear for jury service?
Yes. If you live 75 or more miles away, one-way, from the Federal Courthouse, you may receive reimbursement for overnight accommodations. You would receive a per day rate reimbursement towards hotel and meal expenses. Hotel information will be included with your notice.
Is there a dress code for jurors?
Casual attire is acceptable; however, jurors play an extremely important role in the court proceedings and are expected to dress in a manner reflective of the formality of the court. Serving as a juror is an instrumental part of our government. It demonstrates that our government is one of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Will I receive a 1099MISC for jury service?
IRS regulations require 1099's to be issued and postmarked by January 31. You will receive a 1099MISC for jury service if your attendance fees are $600 or more for the calendar year. If you have additional questions, or need to know the amount you received in attendance fees for tax purposes, please contact the Clerk's Office Jury Administrator at 414-297-1209