In order to be eligible to serve as a trial juror, you must be
· 18 years of age or older,
· A resident for at least 30 days of the state and of the city, town or county in which you are called for jury service
· A citizen of the United States.
Effective Oct. 1, 2007 jurors are randomly selected from a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers and holders of Montana ID cards. The jury service term for the Fourth Judicial District, Missoula County lasts for one year, from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.
When you are selected for the one year jury term you will be given notice by post card. Montana law requires that you respond to the notice and you may do so by completing the Questionnaire as to Qualification for Jury Service (we recommend using Internet Explorer) and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe jury service would cause you undue hardship, you may complete the Affidavit For Excusal. The district judge will review your request to be excused from jury service and you will be notified of the judge’s decision.
When you are needed to serve on a specific trial, you will be notified of the date by mail. If, during this jury term you appear at the courthouse twice for jury selection or you appear and are selected as one of the jurors to serve on a case, you may request to be excused for the balance of this term.
Many times after you have been selected for a particular case, the case settles before the time you are ordered to report. You may check the Jury Trial Status of the trial for which you have been summoned to report at any time and/or call the jury line 258-4797. We will attempt to notify you if the trial settles to avoid your having to report.