General Information for Jurors

    Milwaukee County Juror Information

  The following information should help answer some of your questions:

 

 1.     ATTENDANCE:  PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK IN UPON ARRIVAL AND WHEN RETURNING FROM    COURT.  JURORS WHO DO NOT CHECK IN WILL BE MARKED ABSENT AND WILL NOT BE PAID.  Once assigned to a Court on a panel, jurors report directly to the Courtroom where the trial is being held.  Your attendance will be taken there.

 

 

 2.     AVAILABILITY:  If you absolutely can't serve the dates scheduled and would like a short deferral, please call the office to request a new date at (414) 278-4468.  If you serve the first day, you are expected to complete your service. If any of the following apply at this time, please contact our office:

                        •You are no longer a Milwaukee County resident

                        •You are on probation or parole for a Felony

                        •You are not a U.S. Citizen

 

3.     ILLNESS OR EMERGENCY:

Jurors in the Pool:  If you are unable to report for jury duty because of illness or an emergency, please call the Jury Management office shortly after 8:00 a.m. at 278-4469.  If you are unable to complete your service, you will be rescheduled, with no credit or pay for the first day.

 

 Jurors Assigned to a Panel in Court:  You must contact the Jury Management office at 278-4469 shortly  after 8:00 a.m.  You will be transferred to the Courtroom in which you are serving, as you report directly to the Judge.  KEEP IN MIND THAT ONCE YOU ARE SWORN ON A PANEL, THE CASE CANNOT PROCEED WITHOUT ALL JURORS PRESENT.

 

 4.     JUROR PAY:  You will be paid a juror fee of $8.00 for each morning (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) and $8.00 for each afternoon (from 12:30 p.m. on) that you are present for jury service, plus a travel allowance of $3.00 per day. Your check will be mailed to your home about 15 - 21 days after the end of your jury duty.  No deductions are made from your check for any purpose, and we do not furnish a W-2 Form at the end of the year.

 

        •Half-day Pay = $11.00 [Released before 12:30 p.m. or reporting after 12:30 p.m.]

        •Full-day Pay = $19.00

 

If you have had an address change since you were summoned, please inform the receptionist immediately. Checks are issued approximately three weeks after your jury service is complete.  The Jury paychecks expire 60 Days after they are printed.  Please cash them promptly because the County Treasurer’s office charges $15.00 to re-issue a check that has expired.

 

 5.     BREAKS:  Periodic 10-minute breaks will be announced.  JURORS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE JURY ASSEMBLY AREA EXCEPT ON ANNOUNCED BREAKS.  Please return promptly, as panels are sent to Court sporadically throughout the day. 

Smoking is not allowed in the Courthouse Complex.  PLEASE WAIT FOR AN ANNOUNCED BREAK To leave the building to smoke (or for any other reason).  We recommend using the 10th Strteet or Wells Street exits because it is faster to get back in to the building through those doors.  Please be sure to smoke at least 30 ft from the entrance to the building.

 

 6.     JUROR BADGE:  Your JUROR sticker is to be worn at all times in the Courthouse, Criminal Justice Facility, or Safety Building.  We will provide a new sticker each day of your service. This will ensure that people do not discuss court cases or proceedings in your presence (in the hallways, elevators, cafeteria, etc.)

 

 7.     BUS TICKETS:  We will provide additional bus tickets at the end of each day when you are released for the day.  They will be available in Jury Management and in each courtroom.

 

 8.     LUNCH BREAK:  You are released for lunch by the Jury Management staff or by the Judge to whom you are assigned for a trial.   

•The Courthouse Cafe is located on the ground floor.  The Cafe offers hot lunch, deli sandwiches, a salad bar, and desserts.

•There is a snack stand on the 4th floor of the safety building.  They offer a variety of breakfast and lunch items. 

•There is a listing of area restaurants on the bulletin board outside the ladies' restroom.

•Your juror badge will permit you free admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum over the lunch period.

 

 9.     AMENITIES:  The following are located in the Jury Assembly area for your convenience and use:

        •Vending machine for soda/snacks/coffee          •Restrooms                •Pay Telephone               •Refrigerators                          

        •Outgoing Mailbox      •Vending Machine           •Wi-Fi Internet access

        •Fax                           •Microwaves                  •Internet access on several desktop computers

 

 10.  REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS:  When you are released for the day from the Jury Assembly or from a  Court, you will be instructed either by the Jury Management staff or the Judge when and where to report the  next day.  If you are reporting to a Court, you need not return to the Jury Assembly for attendance. 

 

Your normal report time is 9:00 a.m. [your first day] unless the Court or Jury Management gives you different instructions.

 

 11.   EMPLOYER FORM LETTER:  The Jury Management staff will provide a form letter for your employer showing the days served and the amount of money paid for serving as a juror.  These form letters will be distributed at the end of your jury service.  We DO NOT mail letters directly to your employer.

 

 GENERAL INFORMATION:

 

  • FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION CALL 985-6000.  The courts seldom close due to weather. 
  •  It is very important to remember not to discuss any case with your fellow jurors or members of your family.
  •  Cellular phones, pagers, and computers are not to be used in Courtrooms or deliberation rooms without the prior consent of the Judge.  The above are acceptable in the Jury Assembly area.
  •  Jurors coming to the Courthouse will go through metal detectors when entering the building.  Please leave sharp objects at home [this includes pocket knives, scissors, fingernail clippers, metal nail files, wallet chains, knitting needles, crochet hooks and pepper spray]. 
  • You may not visit any Courtrooms or conduct court business while you are here serving as a juror, as you may get the wrong impression of cases being heard.  Trials may seem alike, but each case must be judged individually.  Any other times all courtrooms are open to the public. 
  •  Your names are obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles database, this includes drivers licenses and identification cards issued by the DMV.  Voters lists are not used at this time.
  •  BE ON TIME - once you are selected on a panel the court cannot continue unless all jurors are present.
  •   Please let the Jury Management and Court Staff know if you have any special needs.

 

On behalf of John Barrett, the Clerk of Circuit Court, and the Circuit Court Judges of Milwaukee County, we would like to thank you for serving.