Jury Service is one
of the highest duties
of citizenship...


On behalf of the Madison County Judicial Department, I would like to thank you for your willingness to serve as a juror. You are making it possible for our courts to provide each citizen with a trial by jury, a constitutional right that we would be unable to provide without your service.

We hope this website will help you understand the things that happen and the terms that are used during a trial and to let you know what is expected of you. It is hoped that this information will make you better able to do your part in administering justice.

In each case on which you act as a juror, the judge will give you instructions applicable to that case. The information on this website is not intend to take the place of and must not encroach on those instructions.

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I’ve Been Summoned For Jury Service

If I am unable to serve on jury duty, whom do I call? Jury service may be inconvenient, but no one is excused unless jury service would present an undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, or be required by public necessity. You may call 532-3641 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at least one week prior to the date you are to report.

Where do I park? Parking is provided for you in the Municipal Parking Garage. This is located diagonally across from the southwest corner of the courthouse. The entrance to the garage is on Gates Street, just north of the Early Works Museum. There will be large signs on the street to indicate where to enter.

What time do I have to arrive at the Courthouse on Monday morning? You will need to arrive at approximately 8:00 a.m. The courthouse doors do not open until 7:30 a.m. You will be able to enter the courthouse through the west and north doors or through the basement. You will be required to go through a metal detector and your belongings may be searched.

Where do I report? You will need to report to Courtroom #1 on the 2nd Floor. Please bring your jury summons with you with the approximate round-trip mileage from your home.

How long will I be required to serve? Jury service rarely exceeds five work days. You will normally be required to report each morning at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is usually from 11:30 to 1:00. Lunchtimes may vary, please do not leave until you have been instructed.



General Information

Location of Offices---

Jury Venire Room-6th Floor, Room 640

Court Administrator’s Office, Jackie Wolfe , Court Administrator, 6th Floor

Judge Karen K . Hall , Presiding Circuit Judge

Judge James P. Smith, Circuit Judge

Judge William K. Bell , Circuit Judge

Judge Dennis E. O'Dell, Circuit Judge

Judge Ruth Ann Hall, Circuit Judge

Judge D. Alan Mann, Circuit Judge


Concessions---There is a snack bar located on the 1st Floor, on the east side of the lobby. You may purchase coffee, soft drinks, snacks, cold sandwiches, etc. There is coffee available in the 6th Floor Jury Venire Room.

Ladies Restrooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Floors

Men’s Restrooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th Floors.

Please feel free to use the telephones located on the counter in the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Room 217. If they are busy, just ask any employee and they will allow you to use any other telephone in the office. There are also two pay telephones located on the 1st Floor of the courthouse.

Emergency Telephone Numbers—there are two telephone numbers where family or co-workers may reach you in an emergency: 532-3576 or 532-3573

Smoking---Smoking is permitted outside the courthouse.

Electronic Devices---Cell phones, pagers and laptops are permitted in the courthouse. You are required to turn them off when you go into a courtroom.

Waiting Times---Please feel free to bring your laptop computer, book, reading materials, sewing, knitting, playing cards, etc. to occupy you while you wait.

Personal Belongings---Do not leave any personal belongings in the juror assembly rooms. You need to take all of your personal belongings with you to the courtrooms and to lunch.