Jury Service

State Policy on Jury Service
Wisconsin Statutes Section 756.001(1) provides that "[t]rial by jury is a cherished constitutional right." Subsection (2) further states as follows: "Jury service is a civic duty."

Opportunity & Obligation to Serve
All persons selected for jury service are selected at random. Wisconsin law provides that all qualified persons shall have an equal opportunity to be considered for jury service "and the obligation to serve as jurors when summoned" for that purpose. See Wisconsin Statutes Section 756.001(4).

Jury Qualifications
Every resident of Douglas County who is at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and able to understand the English language is qualified to serve as a juror in Douglas County Circuit Court unless the resident has been convicted of a felony and has not had his or her civil rights restored.

Length of Jury Service
The period for which any person may be required to be available for service may not exceed 31 consecutive days. Therefore, when you receive a Summons to Serve as a Juror in the mail, you will be on the jury panel for the month indicated. No person will be required to serve, or attend court for prospective service, as a juror for a total of more than five days during the month unless more days are necessary to complete service in a particular case.

Duty of Employer
An employer shall grant an employee a leave of absence without loss of time in service for the period of jury service. No employer may use absence due to jury service as a basis for discharging an employee or for any disciplinary action against the employee. An employer who discharges or disciplines an employee in violation of this section may be fined. See Wisconsin Statutes Section 756.255.

Long Distance Calls
Please keep an account of your long distance calls, if any, to the Jury Clerk's number at (715) 395-1469. If you provide the Clerk of Courts Office (Room 309 of the Courthouse) with your accounting, you will be reimbursed for your calls.

Whoever willfully misrepresents any material fact on a juror qualification form or whoever fails to return the completed qualification form within 10 days after receipt of the form, may be required to forfeit not more than $500. See Wisconsin Statutes Section 756.30(1).

Any person lawfully summoned to attend as a juror who fails to attend without any sufficient excuse shall be subject to a fine imposed by the court. See Wisconsin Statutes Section 756.30(3).