Information for Jurors
In order to be eligible to serve as a 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 October 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 Twenty-First Judicial District, Ravalli County lasts for one year, from August 1st through July 31st.
If you are selected for the one year jury term you will be given notice by mail. You are not required to do anything at that time.
If You Are Summoned
If you are summoned for jury service, you will be given the opportunity at that time to confirm your appearance at the trial, or request to be excused from serving as a juror. The summons will include the dates of the trial, the judge assigned to the case, a questionnaire, and all forms necessary to confirm your appearance at the trial, or request to be excused from jury service (only the District Court Judge can excuse prospective jurors from service).
Many times after a jury has been summoned, the case will be resolved without need for a trial. You will be provided with a telephone number to call and check the status of the trial. This will help to avoid possible inconvenience to you, your family, and your employer. If the trial vacates, you may be called again to serve at a later date.
If your trial date has not been cancelled, you should report to the main floor of the Ravalli County Courthouse at 205 Bedford Street, Hamilton, MT.
If you are summoned and appear for a jury service you will be paid:
- $12 to appear as a potential juror;
- $25 a day if you are selected as a juror
- $0.53.5 a mile for round trip mileage
During your term, you are required to notify our office of any changes in your mailing address, physical address, or phone number. Should you plan a vacation, or have an emergency occur during the term and you find it impossible to serve, please contact the Clerk of Court's office at:
375-6711 for Judge Langton, Dept. 1
375-6717 for Judge Haynes, Dept. 2
375-6710 General Information.
We believe you will find your experience as a juror interesting and enjoyable. We look forward to having you serve as a juror on an upcoming jury panel.