Jury duty

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Courthouse, Fourth floor
Lafayette, Indiana 47901-1363
(765) 423-9313
Fax (765) 423-9142
Thomas BuschKaren K. Beard, Reporter
    JudgeBrenda Rody, Bailiff
Jan J. Ermel, Deputy Bailiff
November, 2006
Dear Jury Panel Member:

You have been drawn by a random selection process to serve as a member of the jury panel for Superior Court No.2 for the calendar year 2006. This random drawing is completed from the records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Jury service is not voluntary, but a civic duty imposed upon all citizens by statute. As a trial juror, you will become an officer of the court. You will be performing an important and vital role in the efficient and fair administration of justice. Any request for disqualification or excuse must be submitted in writing to the address above. Please allow enough time prior to your date of service for your request to get to the court and be considered by the judge. The court bailiff cannot excuse a juror for financial or business hardship reasons. Any request to be excused due to loss of income or business closure must be directed to the trial judge, only after you have appeared as summoned.

Enclosed you will find a juror qualification form you must complete and sign, affirming the truthfulness of your answers. If the form is not completed and returned as directed, you could be ordered to appear before the Judge and show cause why you should not be found in Contempt of Court. This questionnaire reduces the time spent selecting a jury and provides more provacy by not having to answer certain questions in open court. Please return the completed questionnaire within seven (7) days upon receipt of this letter. Please be certain that the code number in the upper right hand corner of your questionnaire shows through the window of the reply envelope.

As compensation for service, prospective jurors receive $15.00 a day plus $.40 per mile for each day they report. Those persons selected as jurors will receive $40.00 a day plus mileage for their services. The jury trial begins upon selection of the jury.

Trials can last from 1 day to several days, but most end in 2 court days. Your service is limited to one trial a year if you are selected as a trial juror. Judges are aware that jury duty disrupts normal schedules. You will be notified by letter in advance, stating the date and time you are to appear. Your appearance as a prospective juror is confirmed or cancelled by a prerecorded message. You must telephone 423-9313 after 5:00 p.m the DAY BEFORE you are scheduled to appear. The message is available all night. If it is busy, keep calling. Have your juror number located on your summons available when calling. Until you are notified of a specific date to appear for jury service, it is not necessary to contact our office unless you have a change of address or additional dates when you will unavailable for jury service.

If you have any questions, please call 423-9310 and Brenda will assist you.

Thank you for your prompt cooperation.
Very trully yours,

Thomas H. Busch
Judge, Superior Court No.2

Pues eso, que he sido llamado a actuar como jurado para el año que viene. Por desgracia, como no soy ciudadano estadounidense no voy a poder, pero lo cierto es que me hubiera encantado. La carta anterior está editada tal como vino, respetando el uso de itálicas, negrilla y mayúsculas. El formulario siguiente, en cambio, está modificado. He añadido color rojo a aquellas frases que me han resultado interesantes.

    • Home Phone
    • Work Phone
  1. Marital Status:
    • Married
    • Separated
    • Widowed
    • Single
    • Divorced
  2. Number of Children
    • Years of Residence in Tippecanoe County:
    • In State of Indiana:
  3. List your occupation and employer:
  4. How long have you been employed by this employer?
  5. What other occupations have you had during the past ten (10) years?
  6. If you are a student, please provide the name of school and major, if applicable:
  7. I am a law enforcement officer.
    • Yes
    • No
  8. Please list your spouse's name, present occupation and employer:
  9. What is the extent of your education? Please check the highest grade completed:
    • Grade School
    • High School
    • College
    • Post Graduate
    • Other
  10. If you expect to be out of town on business, vacation, or for any other purpose during the calendar year of service, please indicate the date(s) of such anticipated absence:
  11. Have you had any prior jury duty?
    • Yes
    • No
    • When and where?
  12. Have you or any member of your immediate family been a party to a lawsuit?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. Has a claim for personal injury ever been made against you or have you ever made any claim for personal injury?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. Have you or any member or your immediate family been convicted or pled guilty to a state or federal crime punishable by imprisonment?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Please explain:
  15. Are there any such criminal charges pending against you?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Explain:
  16. Have you or any member of your family been a victim of crime?
    • Yes
    • No
  17. Are you related to or close friends with any law enforcement officers?
    • Yes
    • No
  18. Do you have any religious convictions that would prevent you from sitting in judgment of another person?
    • Yes
    • No
  19. What is your favorite hobby?
  20. What type of books or magazines do you like to read?
  21. Do you know of any other valid and legal reason for your disqualification for jury service or any reason why you could not serve as a fair and impartial juror?
  22. I live ______ miles from the Tippecanoe County courthouse.

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