Jury Duty FAQs

  • Be prompt, because tardiness can cause delays and inconvenience to the judge, the lawyers, the parties, the witnesses, and other jurors.
  • A juror must sit in the same seat in the jury box throughout the trial. This enables the judge, the clerk, and the lawyers to identify the juror more easily.
  • Pay careful attention to each question and answer. Notify the judge if you cannot hear.
  • You must never discuss the case with your fellow jurors until after the judge instructs you to begin deliberations.
  • If proceedings last for more than one day, do not talk with others (non-jurors) about the trial. You may discuss the case with non-jurors only after the jury has reached a verdict.
  • For trials that last longer than one day, do not listen to radio or television accounts of the trial or read articles about it in the newspapers. If anyone persists in talking to you about the trial or tries to influence you as a juror, you should report that fact to the judge immediately.

Please report to the court front counter located on the second floor of the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street, Springfield, OR 97477.

There are a limited number of free back-in spaces in front of the Springfield Justice Center on 4th Street. On street parking on 4th Street North of B Street is free and does not have a time limit. Other street parking around the Springfield Justice Center is free but may have a 2 or 3 hour time limit. It is your responsibility to check the signage around where you park to see if there is a time limit, or if a permit is required to park there. The court cannot guarantee you will have an opportunity to move your vehicle before any time limits elapse.

The Springfield Municipal Court gets our jury pool from Lane County Voter Registration. If you have moved please make sure to update your voter registration. 

Jurors for the Springfield Municipal Court receive a jury summons for a specific week. The specific dates will be clearly stated on the jury summons you received in the mail. Most trials only last one day, however, occasionally a criminal trial may last longer. If the trial is expected to last more than one day, the judge will inform you how long the trial is expected to last.

Jurors may begin calling the jury line, 541-726-2352, after 5:00 PM beginning the Monday one week prior to the week you are to serve on jury duty. We will continuously update the jury line regarding any changes. Please call the jury line prior to reporting for any scheduled time. 

The Springfield Municipal Court does not have a specific handbook, but the Oregon State Bar publishes an Oregon Juror Handbook.

No, you should never investigate or do research on your own and you shall avoid conversations with all parties, witnesses, and attorneys to ensure a fair trial.

All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off in the courtroom and during jury deliberations.

The Court may order that you appear in court and explain why you were unable to report for jury service. Citizens who don’t appear for jury service may be charged with contempt of court.

You may wish to bring reading material in case you have to wait. You may also want to bring a sweater or dress in layers as the climate controlled courtroom may not be suitable for all preferences. Some may find it warm, some may find it cool, hopefully most will find it just right.

The right to a trial by jury in certain cases is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution. Any person who is entitled to a jury trial is entitled to a jury that represents the whole community. It is important that a fair cross section of the City’s population is represented on the jury panel to prevent discrimination or bias.

You may submit your request to be rescheduled or excused from jury service online by clicking here. 

Jury duty fees take approximately three weeks after the court appearance date to process. Only jurors who appeared at the Court for a scheduled jury trial are eligible to receive juror fees. If your trial date was canceled and you did not appear, you are not eligible to receive a juror fee. Juror fees are paid at a rate of $10 per day.


The information on this webpage is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. While we make every effort to provide accurate information, there is no guarantee as to the accuracy. Please contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any specific legal matter.