Jury Commission: Frequently Asked Questions
Jury Service Questions
***How do I respond to my juror questionnaire online?***
Click the Juror eResponse System link in the Peoria County Circuit Court menu on the left. (You may want to save this address in your Favorites.) Enter the candidate ID number on the questionnaire and your zip code and click on the log in button. If you have any problems, call 672-6076.
After I have served, when am I qualified to serve again?
After completing jury service, you should not be called to service again for a period of 1 year from the date you last served. If you are summoned again within this time period, simply call the jury commission office at (309) 672-6076 to be excused.
Can I volunteer for jury service?
Because jury service is a random selection, it is not possible to volunteer.
How are jurors selected for a jury trial?
After a jury panel is selected and is taken to the courtroom, a process known as voir dire begins. During voir dire, the judge and attorneys will ask jurors questions to see if you can keep and open mind and be fair. After the juror has been questioned, the juror will either be selected or excused from that particular case. If a juror is selected, you will then receive instructions from the judge as to what is expected of you. Those jurors, who were not selected, will return to the jury assembly room and wait for another jury trial to start.
How are jurors selected for jury service?
Every year the Jury Commission office receives a list of names that have been randomly selected from drivers license, voter s registration, and Illinois ID card. This list is obtained from the AOIC (Administrative Office of Illinois Courts) in Springfield, Illinois. These names are then combined into one master list and names are randomly selected to receive a juror questionnaire. When the questionnaire is returned, the jury commissioners then qualify potential jurors. Once qualified the jurors are randomly selected to receive a jury summons.
Is there anything I should avoid once I have been summoned for jury duty?
Avoid reading, listening, or watching media accounts of trials that may be scheduled during your term of service.
Must my employer pay me while Im on jury service?
No, according to Illinois law, "An employer may not deny an employee time off for jury duty. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce and employee by reason of the employees jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service..." 705 ILCS 304/4.1(a) Remember to provide your employer with a copy of your summons immediately upon receiving the summons.
What are my duties as a juror?
Your duty as a juror is to weigh all of the evidence and testimony presented to you and decide the outcome of the case based upon the law and the evidence. Your decision must be fair, impartial, and free of any bias or prejudice. Jury service is the basis of our judicial system and is essential to the administration of justice.
What are the different types of cases for which I might be selected?
There are two basic types of cases: criminal cases and civil cases. The differences between the two are as follows: In a criminal case, the jury decides the guilt or innocence of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, the jury listens to both the plaintiff and defendant side and decides on the issue in question. The jury may also decide whether or not money damages should be given and if given how much those damages will be.
What are the qualifications required to be a juror?
To qualify as a juror you must be: A resident of Peoria County At least 18 years of age or older Able to understand the English language A United States citizen
What does the jury commission do?
The jury commission consists of three jury commissioners who provide qualified jurors to the Circuit Court of Peoria County. The offices duties include: mailing juror questionnaires; mailing juror summons; qualifying jurors; assessing requests to be excused or postponing to a future date; providing orientation and answering juror questions; random panel selection; and paying jurors for their service.
What facilities are available?
There are a variety of vending machines for soft drinks and food available on the ground floor of the courthouse. There are also several restaurants close by. In the jury assembly room, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available to the jurors. There is also a refrigerator and microwave if you wish to bring your lunch. There are telephones located in the jury assembly room that are available for juror use.
What happens during a trial?
Events in a trial usually happen in a particular order, although the judge may change the order. Here is the usual order of events: Selection of jury Opening statements Presentation of evidence Closing arguments Jury instructions Jury deliberations Announcement of the verdict
What is the compensation for jury service?
As of September 22, 2016, petit and grand jurors are paid $15.00 day and .10 cents per mile. The Coroners jurors are paid. $15.00 a day and .10 cents a mile. Juror checks are mailed out within 14 days of your last day of service.
What should I wear to jury service?
Jurors should dress appropriately in keeping with courtroom decorum.
Who is entitled to a jury trial?
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party in a civil case has the right to a trial by jury. All parties are equal before the law and each is given the same fair and impartial treatment.
Why is jury service important?
The United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution guarantee all people regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status the right to trial a trial by an impartial jury of ones peers. In order to uphold this guarantee, we need those summoned to participate in the jury process to ensure every citizens right to have their case decided by an impartial jury selected from a representative pool of prospective jurors.
Will I receive a letter of attendance for my employer?
You will receive a proof of service for your employer once you have completed your jury service.
Reporting for Jury Duty
What can I bring with me to jury service?
The jury process can require a juror to wait a considerable amount of time. For this reason, jurors are encouraged to bring a book or other forms of reading materials with them to the jury assembly room. Cellular phones, pagers, and computers are allowed in the jury assembly room but are not permitted in the courtroom.
What is the length of jury service?
Petit jurors serve one week or until an assigned trial is completed. Grand jurors serve 90 days and meet every Tuesday for three months.
What time must I arrive at the jury assembly room?
You will need to call the pre-recorded message at 309-366-1247 the evening before the date you have been summoned to appear. This message will tell you which panel numbers have to report and what time you should report. You may not be required to report each day but you must call the recorded message each evening after 5 p.m. during your week of jury service for reporting instructions regarding the next day of service. If an illness or emergency prevents your attendance, you are required to call the jury commission office at (309) 672-6076 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Where Do I Report?
Location: Peoria County Jury Commission Peoria County Courthouse, Room 204 324 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602 Telephone #: (309) 672-6076 Fax #: (309) 495-5009 Telephone # for reporting instructions 309-366-1247 Courthouse Directions Via Mapquest
Where should I park?
Off street parking is recommended. Effective 9/06/05, parking is on your own but reduced parking rates are available at the CHASE Bank parking deck at 126 NE Madison St. (corner of Madison St. and Hamilton Blvd.-entrance is labeled PARK) or the Peoria County parking deck (Hamilton Square) located on Hamilton Blvd. Both parking decks are within one block of the Courthouse. You will receive a parking ticket upon entering the decks and you must bring parking ticket with you for validation. The reduced parking rates are $3.00 all day or $1.50 for half day. Parking decks accept cash only.