Frequently Asked Questions

How are jurors selected?

The names of all licensed drivers and registered voters in Jefferson Parish are placed into the jury-management computer system operated by the clerk of court. The combined list is updated each year to account for address changes, name changes, additions, and deletions. The computer runs comparisons to eliminate duplicate names and then randomly selects the names of those who will be issued subpoenas to appear, upon request by the Jury Commission.

Am I exempt from jury duty?

The Louisiana Supreme Court has revised its rules as to which groups and classes of persons are exempt from jury service.

Public officers, physicians, lawyers, judges, members of the armed forces, police and fire departments, and clergy are no longer exempt.  One is exempted from jury duty only if he served less than two years prior to his next scheduled service date.  Those who are seventy years of age or older also may claim an exemption.  However, one must expressly claim an exemption each time he is summoned; It is not automatically granted.  One may claim an exemption based upon prior service or age by calling the jury management room at 364-2919 or 364-2968, by e-mail to jurycomm@jpclerkofcourt.us, or by regular mail to the return address indicated on the summons.

The law does provide, however, for excusal from jury duty for medical, hardship, or other reasons.  Excusal requests for those reasons must be submitted to the Jury Commission for its review.  Instructions on excusal requests are given in the jury summons.

To inquire about excusals, exemptions, or any other jury-service issues, you may call the jury assembly room during the hours of 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.; or you may inquire via e-mail at jurycomm@jpclerkofcourt.us.

Am I qualified?

Louisiana law provides that a potential juror must meet certain qualifications to be eligible to serve on a jury. These requirements are that a prospective juror:

1) Must be a citizen of the United States and Louisiana and must have resided in Jefferson Parish for at least one year before serving as a juror;

2) Must be at least 18 years old;

3) Must be able to read, write and speak the English language;

4) Must not be under interdiction or incapable of serving as a juror because of a mental or physical infirmity, provided that no person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of hearing to any degree;

5) Must not be under indictment for a felony, nor convicted of a felony for which a pardon has not been granted.

If you do not meet all of these requirements, you should notify someone on the jury management staff at (504) 364-2919, by e-mail to jurycomm@jpclerkofcourt.us, or by regular mail to the Jury Commission at the address indicated on the summons.

What do I do during jury duty?

In the jury lounge there are various amenities:  television, tables, reading materials, etc.  One is free to move around the lounge, but he should stay in the immediate area, so as to be continuously available for juror selection.

If one must leave the lounge, he/she should inform the jury clerk of his destination.

Where may I park?

Visitors to the courthouse campus facilities should allow themselves ample time to locate a parking space.

The City of Gretna no longer affords free parking for those on jury duty at Gretna parking meters, and on-street parking on most streets directly adjacent to the courthouse complex no longer exists.

Parking for the general public is available at the courthouse complex’s multi-level parking garage at the corner of 3rd and Derbigny Streets.  The charge is $5.00 for up to 2 hours and $7.00 for 2 to 24 hours.  For a map to to the garage, click here.

There is no parking charge for those on jury duty who present a parking ticket from the parking garage, which will be validated in the jury assembly room.

What happens if I am called to a courtroom for possible selection as a juror?

When you are sent to a courtroom, you need only act the way most people normally act and be alert, courteous, and honest about your feelings and opinions on issues. The court will instruct you further.

What happens if I am actually selected as a juror?

Once you are actually selected as a juror, you are under the judge’s jurisdiction and control.  Simply listen closely to the judge, who will give you detailed instructions and information concerning such matters as (1) anticipated length of the trial, (2) when to report back to the courtroom after a recess, (3) what you are expected to do and not do as a juror, and (4) other matters that the judge feels are relevant to your jury service.