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General Information and Answering the Summons

1. How was I selected for jury service?

Each year a list of potential jurors is created by combining the names from four lists. These lists are:
  1. Licensed motor vehicle operators and holders of Connecticut identity cards from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Registered voters from the Central Voter Registry of the Secretary of the State.
  3. State income tax payers from the Department of Revenue Services.
  4. Individuals who received unemployment compensation from the Department of Labor.
The four lists are combined and duplicate names are removed. Individuals are randomly selected for jury service from the list created by this process.

2. What happens if I do not report for jury service?

Not going to court on the date you have been summoned for jury service is a violation of state law and you may be ordered to pay a fine.

3. Can I postpone my jury service to a later date?

You can postpone your jury service to a date within ten months of your original date.

Please visit our on-line postponement page. or you can make your request in writing to Jury Administration, P.O. Box 260448, Hartford, CT 06126-0448 or by telephone at 1-800-842-8175 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

4. Can I ask to be disqualified from jury service?

If you receive a jury summons and believe that you cannot serve you may seek a disqualification by contacting Jury Administration. Connecticut General Statutes Section 51-217 states the grounds for which a person can be disqualified, and they are listed on the portion of the jury summons that you can fill out and mail to Jury Administration.

5. What about childcare?

Please be advised that childcare is not available at the courthouse and children are not permitted to attend jury service with their parents.

If you would like to postpone your jury service in order to make arrangements for childcare, please visit our on-line postponement page. You may postpone your jury service to a date within ten months of your original date.

You may be reimbursed for childcare and other allowable expenses up to $50.00 per day if you do not work full-time. See Question 12 .

To discuss a postponement or childcare concern, please contact Jury Administration at 1-800-842-8175 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

6. How should I respond if I receive a summons addressed to a person who is deceased?

Jury Administration regrets that summonses are occasionally issued to individuals who are now deceased. Jury lists are compiled each year from names obtained from other state agencies. See FAQ 1. Sometimes the name of a deceased individual is given to Jury Administration prior to his or her death, or to the source agency learning of his or her death.

If the mailer you have received is unopened, please write "Deceased" on the outside of the envelope and mark it "Return to Sender". If the mailer has been opened, please write "deceased" on it and mail it to Jury Administration, P.O. Box 260448, Hartford, CT 06126-0448.

Preparing to Serve

7. How do I confirm that I need to go to court on my scheduled date?

You can check your attendance status online or by phone after 5:30 p.m. the evening before you are scheduled to serve. If your service has been canceled you do not need to do anything else. You have fulfilled your jury obligation for the court year in which you were summoned. A court year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

To check your status by phone, call the number on your reminder notice and a prerecorded message will inform you

whether the court still requires your services as a juror.

Please Note: In the event of inclement weather, please do not rely on the attendance status web page. Please call the attendance status phone number at the courthouse to which you have been summoned after 5:30 p.m. the night before your jury service date.

8. Where can I find information about closings, cancellations and delays due to inclement weather?

It is recommended that you check for announcements on closings, cancellations and delays at the Judicial Branch Homepage. or by tuning in to the following TV or radio stations:
  • Media Outlets: Closings, Cancellations and Delays - PDF
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Requesting an Accommodation

9. I have a disability and have been summoned for jury service. How do I make a request for an accommodation?

The Judicial Branch complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need a reasonable accommodation in accordance with the ADA, please contact Jury Administration by email or by phone at 1-800-842-8175. If you have a hearing disability, dial 711.

10. I am a breastfeeding woman and have been summoned for jury service. Can I make a request for an accommodation or to postpone my jury service?

If you choose to serve and would like to request an accommodation, such as a private room to express milk, please contact Jury Administration at 1-800-842-8175 and speak with a service representative. While requests for accommodation do not have to be made in advance, it will help ensure that your needs are met on the day of your service.

Please also be advised that childcare is not available at the courthouse and children are not permitted to attend jury service with their parents.

If you would rather postpone your jury service to a date within ten months of your original date, please visit our on-line postponement page .

To discuss a postponement or childcare concern, please contact Jury Administration at 1-800-842-8175 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Employer and Employee Information

11. Must employers allow their employees to attend jury service?

Yes. Connecticut law prohibits employers from dismissing, threatening or coercing employees who are summoned for jury service, respond to a jury summons, or serve as a juror (Section 51-247a of the Connecticut General Statutes).

12. Will I get paid for jury service?

Yes. Full time employed jurors (those normally required to work at least 30 hours per week) are paid their regular wages by their employers for the first 5 days of jury service. Beginning on the 6th day of jury service, all jurors are paid $50.00 per day by the state, regardless of their employment status.

If you do not work full time the state may reimburse you up to $50.00 per day for out-of-pocket expenses for the first five days of jury service. Out-of-pocket expenses include childcare, parking, and transportation costs. In order to request a reimbursement you must complete a Reimbursement Form and return it to the court. Proper documentation of expenses may be required as well.

Going to Court

13. Is there a dress code for jury service?

Decorum is maintained in the courthouse and jurors should dress accordingly. Shorts, t-shirts, or clothing containing offensive language or imagery are not permitted.

14. What items are not permitted in the courthouse?

Jurors may not bring disruptive or potentially dangerous items into the courthouse. A disruptive item includes, among other things, electronic items such as a portable radio, television, CD, MP3, tape player or camera not attached to a cell phone or computer.

Potentially dangerous items include, among other things, weapons of any kind, pocket knives, and sharp objects such as tools or knitting needles.

If you have any questions about what to bring to court, contact Jury Administration at 1-800-842-8175.

Source: www.jud.ct.gov

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