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. If you have used several versions of your name to sign your voter registration card, your driver's license, or your Montana I.D. card, you may be entered into the system more than one time due to using variations of your legal name. Please keep your personal records and legal signature consistent on all of these documents.
The jury service term for the Twenty-First Judicial District, Ravalli County lasts for one year, beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th. 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 a specific trial, you will be given the opportunity at that time to confirm your appearance at the trial or to request to be excused from serving as a juror. If you are requesting a permanent exemption, you must have documentation attached with your physicians signature confirming your medical or health exemption.
The summons you receive 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 to request to be excused from jury service. For your convenience, we have attached the following forms. If you find that you need to utilize these forms, please fill them out completely and remember to sign them with your legal signature. Typed signatures cannot be accepted.
- Trial Specific Questionnaire and Confirmation/Excusal Request
- Yearly Exemption Request
You may email your completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many times, after a jury has been summoned, the case will be resolved without need for a trial. Listed below are the telephone numbers you may call to check the status of the trial. This may help to avoid possible inconvenience to you, your family, and your employer.
- 375-6728 for Judge Howard F. Recht, Dept. 1
- 375-6729 for Judge Jennifer B. Lint, Dept. 2
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 at the time specified on your jury summons.
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
- $0.58 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 your selected term and you find it impossible to serve, please contact the Clerk of Court's office at:
- 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. Thank you in advance for your service.