Frequently Asked Questions
on Jury Service

(Last Updated: 03/04/2013)

Do I Get Paid?

Each Juror is paid $40 per day for attendance plus 56 cents per mile (round trip), regardless of the mode of transportation. Subsistence is paid to those who require overnight stay (60 miles one way for Coeur d'Alene and Moscow. 70 miles one way for Boise and Pocatello).

Subsistence amount varies depending upon division as follows.

Boise: $129  
Pocatello: $129  
Moscow: $123  
Coeur d'Alene: $146 Oct 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014
  $187 Jun 1, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
  $146 Sep 1, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014

If staying with family/friends the per diem rate for Boise, Moscow and Pocatello is $46 and $61 for CDA.

Jurors will normally receive payment within 2 to 3 weeks after service is completed.

What Is The Length of Jury Service For A Petit Jury?

Southern Division (Boise)
One month or one appearance, one trial, regardless of length.

Northern Division (Moscow & Coeur d’Alene)
One month or one appearance, one trial, regardless of length.

Eastern Division (Pocatello)
One month or one appearance, one trial, regardless of length.

What is the Length of Jury Service for a Grand Jury?

Not in excess of 12 months, unless otherwise extended by the court.

Who is Qualified to Serve as a Juror?

The Court shall deem any person qualified to serve on grand and petit jury in the District Court unless he or she:

1. Is not a citizen of the United States, eighteen (18) years of age who has resided within the Judicial District for a period of one (1) year;

2. Is unable to read, write, and understand the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to satisfactorily fill out the juror qualification form;

3. Is unable to speak the English language;

4. Is incapable, by reason of mental or physical infirmity, of rendering satisfactory jury service;

5. Has a charge pending against him or her for the commission of , or has been convicted in a State or Federal Court of record of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and his or her civil rights have not been restored.

Who is Exempt from Jury Service?

1. Members in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

2. Members of the fire or police departments of any state, district, territory, possession, or subdivision thereof.

3. Public officers in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the Government of the United States, or any state, district, territory, or possession, or subdivision thereof, who are actively engaged in the performance of official duties. Public officer shall mean a person who is either elected to public office or who is directly appointed by a person elected to a public office.

Who May Be Excused from Jury Service Upon Individual Request?
(You can still choose to serve, even if you fall into one of the following categories)

1. Persons over 70 years of age.

2. Persons who have served as a grand or petit juror in the State or Federal Court within the past two (2) years.

3. Volunteer safety personnel. (Personnel who serve without compensation as fire fighters or members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew for a "public agency".)

Can my jury service be postponed?

We may offer a one time postponement of service. If you believe jury service would result in an undue hardship, please provide a brief explanation on the reverse side of the juror qualification questionnaire. Please indicate a month within the next calendar year that you would like your service postponed to.

Source Lists: Where Does The Court Obtain The Prospective Juror Names?

The names are randomly selected from a Master Jury Wheel (refilled every two years) which is comprised of a combination of the County Voters Registration Records and the State Drivers License Records for the individual counties which make up the Southern, Eastern and Northern Divisions of the District of Idaho. Petit jurors are drawn only from the counties within the respective division. Grand jurors can be drawn from either an individual division, a combination of divisions or from the entire state.

What About My Employer?

Your job is protected under title 28 U.S.C. Section 1875.
It is unlawful for any employer to discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce any permanent employee for attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with jury service. However, under the law, the employer is not required to pay salary or wages while the employee is serving jury duty. The jury clerks can provide upon request, a certificate showing your attendance for those jurors whose employers require them.

How Do I Get Notified/When Do I Appear?

Unless your summons has instructed you to appear on a particular date and time, you will be expected to call the Automated Jury Information System (AJIS) each Friday after 3 p.m. for specific information concerning the date and time to appear. The AJIS telephone number is 1-800-699-9840 or 334-1794 (Boise local phone number). You will be asked to provide your juror participation number which is located on your jury summons just above your name and address.

What Kinds of Trials Are There?

Civil trials: (6 person jury minimum)
Criminal trials: (12 person jury plus alternates)

Is There A Dress Code?

Although we have no prescribed dress code, we ask that jurors not wear t-shirts, tank-tops, halter tops or shorts while on jury duty.

Where Is The Courthouse Located?

A map identifying the location of the Federal Courthouse to which you are being summoned will be included in the materials received.

Where Do I Park?

There is free parking available at all court locations. Please do not park in unauthorized areas or in reserved spaces which have assigned numbers.

Where Do I Stay?

A list of motels and respective room rates will be included in the summons material for those individuals requiring overnight accommodations. When checking in, identify yourself as a federal court juror and request the government rate if applicable.

Are Meals Provided?

No, meals are not provided unless jurors are deliberating. There is a coffee cart/deli in the Boise office. We do provide coffee, soft drinks and snacks. You may bring a lunch if you wish. We have a refrigerator and microwave for your use. Additionally, there are a number of restaurants convenient to the courthouses, and jury staff will be happy to advise you of names and locations.

What Happens If I Don't Appear?

"Any person summoned pursuant to subsection (a) of this section who fails to appear as directed shall be ordered by the District Court forthwith to appear and show cause for his/her failure to comply with the summons. Any person who fails to appear pursuant to such order or who fails to show good cause for noncompliance with the summons may be fined not more than $1,000, imprisoned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof. Any person who willfully misrepresents a material fact on a juror qualification form for the purpose of avoiding or securing service as a juror may be fined not more than $1,000, imprisoned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof." (28 USC §1864 (b))

Remember: Jury service is an obligation and a privilege. Your fellow citizens need your assistance. Most individuals who have actually served on a jury agree that it is a very informative and rewarding experience.

Further Questions: If you have any other questions or concerns please contact Sherry Richter, Jury Administrator at (208) 334-9476 or 1-(800) 448-6172.