Jurors


Amid the COVID-19 threat, the Courts of the 8th Circuit are advising citizens summonsed for jury duty who are ill to request excusal or postponement from the Clerk of the Court.
Those excused will be recalled for jury duty within the next 90 days.

Message from the Chief Judge

Dear Prospective Juror:

The right to a trial by jury, enshrined in our federal and state Constitutions, is the cornerstone of the American Judicial System. This fundamental right cannot be provided without your participation, and reflects a commitment to your neighbors, your community, and your country.

Your safety when serving as a juror is my highest priority. I would like to share some of the precautions that I’ve put in place to protect you and all others entering the courthouse during the COVID-19 emergency:

Any person who does not pass screening questions and a temperature check will be denied entry into the courthouse.

Everyone in the court area of the courthouse, including the courtroom, must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. While bringing face coverings is encouraged, a disposable mask will be provided to anyone who does not bring their own face covering.

All individuals in the court area of the courthouse, including the courtroom, must maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another, whenever possible.

Cleaning and disinfecting will take place throughout the day, and physical barriers will be put in place wherever possible.

We are making every effort to protect vulnerable individuals (those who are 65 years of age or older or have a serious underlying medical condition) by asking that they not come to the courthouse at this time. If you are in that category, I encourage you to request an excusal on the enclosed form.

A video of the Eighth Circuit Steps to Safety can be viewed here.

In these challenging times, it is particularly important to support the institutions that make this country the greatest in the world. I will be at jury selection to greet each one of you who attends and thank you for your service. I look forward to seeing you.

James P. Nilon
Chief Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit