Juror's Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do we spend so much time sitting around before the actual selection process occurs?

    While many jurors may see this time as wasted, it is time being used by the Judge and attorneys on unexpected events that must be dealt with outside the presence of the jury. This time is also used to provide orientation to jury service in the Federal Court.

  • Can I bring a cell phone, pager or laptop computer into the Courthouse?

    Peoria:  Everyone who enters the Courthouse must have a photo identification and must pass through a magnetometer, which senses metal.  Cell phones, pagers and laptop computers are allowed in the Courthouse and may be used in the Jury Assembly Room. Once called into the courtroom, they must be turned off.

    Urbana: Cell phones, pagers and laptop computers may not be used in the courtrooms. Everyone who enters the Courthouse must have a photo identification and must pass through a magnetometer, which senses metal. To expedite going through the security check station, please have your ID available and do NOT bring the following items with you (this list is by no means totally inclusive): cellular phones; pagers; any and all knives; mace or pepper spray; footwear with safety steel toes; scissors; box or letter openers; cameras and other electronic devices; and large amounts of jewelry. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but the security measures are for everyone's safety.

    Springfield:   Everyone who enters the Courthouse must have a photo identification and must pass through a magnetometer, which senses metal.  Jurors should not bring cell phones, pagers or laptop computers to the Courthouse. If you do bring them our Court Security Officers will keep them at the front desk and you may pick them up at lunchtime or at the end of the day.

    Rock Island:   Everyone who enters the Courthouse must have a photo identification and must pass through a magnetometer, which senses metal.  Cell phones, pagers and laptop computers are allowed in the Courthouse and may be used in the Jury Assembly Room. Once called into the courtroom, they must be turned off.

  • How can I contact the Jury Clerk?

    Peoria:  309-671-7117

    Urbana:  217-373-5830

    Springfield:  217-492-4706

    Rock Island: 309-793-5778

  • How can my family reach me in case of an emergency?

    Your family may call the Clerks office and staff will then give you the message. The numbers to reach the Clerks office are

    Peoria:  309-671-7117

    Urbana:  217-373-5830

    Springfield:  217-492-4706

    Rock Island: 309-793-5778

  • May I bring a friend or members of my family?

    It is best to leave family, friends and children at home while you serve on jury duty.

  • May I smoke?

    Smoking is prohibited within the confines of the courthouse. Smoking is only permitted outside of the building.

  • May I leave the Jury Assembly Room or Courtroom?

    If you need to leave the Jury Assembly Room, please notify someone in the Clerks office. Once you are in the courtroom, you may only leave when the Judge allows for a break.

  • Will the Court pay for my parking?

    Yes.

    PEORIA and SPRINGFIELD jurors please bring your parking stub with you to the Courthouse when you report for service.

    URBANA jurors are to park in Lot 10X of the Lincoln Square Mall parking lot. Lot 10X is an open lot and the spaces are not metered. A parking permit is mailed with your Summons. Please place the permit on the dash of your car.

    ROCK ISLAND jurors will be given a parking permit and instructions on where to park when they report.

  • Are jurors given breaks? Are there lunch facilities available or will we be expected to bring our lunch?

    Jurors are usually given a break in the morning, at lunch, and in the afternoon. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Courthouse and still others that are a short drive away. Jurors are also welcome to bring their lunch. There is a microwave in the jury deliberation room. The Court provides soft drinks for the jurors, as well as coffee and sweet rolls or doughnuts in the morning.  Jurors are only provided free meals (lunches/dinners) while they are deliberating (deciding what their verdict will be).

  • Will I serve on civil or criminal trials?

    While the U.S. District Court conducts trials in both civil and criminal cases, there is no way to know what type of case a juror might be assigned to until the day they report for service.

  • What happens if I dont report for jury duty?

    Any juror who fails to report for jury duty may be served an Order to Show Cause. The Court may then hold a hearing on the Order to Show Cause. Jurors who fail to show adequate cause for their absence from jury duty can be held in contempt of court under the Jury Selection Act (18 U.S.C. 1866 (g)). Penalties range from a fine of $100 to three days in jail, or both.

  • Will I be paid for my jury service?

    You will be paid $40.00 per day for each day of jury attendance plus round-trip mileage. The checks are mailed approximately two weeks after your appearance. Federal Government employees are not entitled to an attendance fee unless that person is in non-pay status during all or part of his/her jury service.

  • What if my employer wants proof that I was serving on jury duty?

    There will be a Certificate of Attendance available from the Jury Clerk at your request.  Know that federal law prohibits employers from firing or disciplining employees because of their service as jurors.

  • May I be late?

    It is important that you report promptly for jury duty. If an emergency arises, please notify the Clerks office of the circumstances and when you expect to arrive.

    Peoria:  309-671-7117

    Urbana217-373-5830

    Springfield217-492-4706

    Rock Island309-793-5778

  • After a trial is over, am I finished or am I still on call?

    This will depend on the needs of the Court and the number of cases tried during your term of service. The Court makes every effort to fully utilize each pool and will call those who served on a trial only when no other pool members are available.

    In PEORIA and URBANA you must continue calling as directed until the end of your service term. In SPRINGFIELD and ROCK ISLAND you dont need to call until you have received another written notice in the mail.

  • If I am selected, what are the hours I would be expected to spend at the Courthouse?

    Trials are usually held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., unless the Judge informs you otherwise. These hours are always subject to change, depending on how the trial is progressing.

  • How much time will it take until I know if I am selected?

    The selection time varies so you should plan on staying until 5:00 p.m.

  • What should I bring with me when I report for jury duty?

    Please bring the top half of your Summons with you when you report. Since the courtrooms tend to be cool, you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket with you. Also, please be prepared to show photo identification when entering the courthouse.

  • Where is the Courthouse located and where should I park?

    Peoria: Please park at any of the following facilities and bring your parking stub with you:

    1. The Associated Bank parking deck is located at Madison and Hamilton on the southwest corner. You must enter from Madison Street.

    2. The Twin Towers parking deck is located at Madison and Fulton Streets. You may enter from Madison or Fulton Streets.

    3. The Commerce Bank parking deck is located at the corner of Madison and Main Streets. You must enter from Madison Street.

    4. The Jefferson and Fulton streets parking deck at civic center is located at Jefferson and Liberty Streets. You may enter from Adams or Jefferson Streets.

    Urbana: Parking is provided in Lot 10F of the Lincoln Square Mall parking lot. Written directions and a map are provided on the back of the parking permit sent with your Summons. You will need to place the parking permit on the dash of your car. Parking for jurors is allowed only in Lot 10F. If you park in a space other than Lot 10F you may be subject to a citation and/or fine for which the Court is not responsible.

    Springfield: We have arranged with three downtown ramps for juror parking.

    1. The First Municipal Parking Ramp (near the Hilton Hotel) is located at Seventh and Monroe Streets on the Northeast corner.

    2. The Herndon Municipal Ramp is located at Sixth Street and Capitol Avenue on the Southeast Corner - the street directly behind the Courthouse. You must enter from Sixth Street going North.

    3. The Prairie Capitol Convention Center Parking Ramp (near the Ramada Renaissance Hotel) is located at Seventh and Washington Streets on the Southeast Corner. You must enter from Seventh Street going South or from Washington Street going East. You will receive a parking ticket upon entering the ramp. Bring your parking ticket with you for validation.

    Rock Island: When reporting for jury service, enter the Courthouse on the 19th St. entrance and you will be given a parking permit and instructions on where to park.

    The Court is NOT responsible for any parking fines you receive from parking at a meter or at any other unauthorized parking location.

  • I live a long distance away. Do I need to report?

    Yes. Jurors who live over 50 miles from the Courthouse may travel the night before and will receive a per diem to assist in covering lodging and meal expenses. You will need to provide the Jury Clerk with an original hotel receipt which lists room charges and taxes. All jurors also receive round trip mileage reimbursement.

  • How long will I have to call in?

    Peoria: Jurors are on call for one calendar month.

    Urbana: Jurors are on call for two calendar months. You will call in every week for the months you are on call unless instructed otherwise on the recorded message.

    Springfield: Jurors are on call for two calendar months, but only call when instructed to.

    Rock Island: Jurors are on call for two months commencing with your first reporting date and only call when instructed to.

  • How will I be notified of my appearance date?

    Peoria:  It is your responsibility to call our automated jury notification system (1-800-860-8044) when instructed to by written notice. You will receive this notice in the mail prior to the date you are to report.  Please follow the instructions provided through the automated system.

    UrbanaIt is your responsibility to call our automated jury notification system (1-800-860-8044) when instructed to by written notice. You will receive this notice in the mail prior to the date you are to report.  Please follow the instructions provided through the automated system.

    Springfield:  It is your responsibility to call our automated jury notification system (1-800-860-8044) when instructed to by written notice. You will receive this notice in the mail prior to the date you are to report.  Please follow the instructions provided through the automated system.

    Rock Island:  It is your responsibility to call our automated jury notification system (1-800-860-8044) when instructed to by written notice. You will receive this notice in the mail prior to the date you are to report.  Please follow the instructions provided through the automated system.

  • How will I be notified of the status of my hardship excuse request?

    The District Judge and/or Jury Clerk will review your written request and you will be notified in writing if you are excused.

  • How do I notify the Court if jury service will result in undue hardship or extreme inconvenience?

    Submit your request in writing to the Jury Clerk.  You may use the following e-mail addresses:

    For Peoria: jury.peoria@ilcd.uscourts.gov

    For Rock Island: jury.rockisland@ilcd.uscourts.gov

    For Springfield: jury.springfield@ilcd.uscourts.gov

    For Urbana: jury.urbana@ilcd.uscourts.gov

  • After receipt of the Summons from your office, when should I return the enclosed Juror Questionnaire?

    Return the completed Juror Questionnaire immediately to the Court, along with the bottom half of your Summons. Urbana, Springfield and Peoria jurors are on call for 1 month beginning with their first reporting date. Rock Island jurors are on call for two months beginning with their first reporting date. Once you complete your term it is unlikely you will be randomly selected again within a two-year period for service in the Federal Court system.