Jury Commission

Trial by jury is a fundamental part of the American system of justice, and is a right guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois. To preserve this right it is essential that the court establish and maintain a well-functioning system for the selection and utilization of jurors.

The 13th Judicial Circuit Court utilizes the ONE DAY/ONE TRIAL system of jury service. Under this system a person called to jury duty serves for the duration of one trial if selected to hear a case. But if the person is not involved with a court room by the end of one day, he or she is discharged from jury duty.

Under Illinois law, every county with a population in excess of 40,000 must establish a jury commission consisting of three members who are appointed by the circuit judges of the court. Each jury commissioner serves for a three year term.

By law the jury commissioners are to prepare a list of persons who may be called for jury service and are to discharge other duties pertaining to the operation of the jury system consistent with rules adopted by the court.

This office is responsible for the selection and summoning of prospective jurors and the management of jurors during their term of service. Illinois law requires that the names of prospective jurors be randomly drawn from a combined list of registered voters, drivers license and state identification card holders in LaSalle County.

For more Information contact us at 815-434-8262.

 

Jury Commission Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Jury Commission Office located?

The jury commission office is located at the Governmental Complex, 707 Etna Road, Room B-10, Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Where can I receive general information regarding Jury Duty?

To reach the Jury Commission Office call (815) 434-8262 or (815) 434-8293.

The office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

NOTE:  The 800 number listed on the summons is only to be used for when jurors call in to see if they are needed for jury service. Please call the above office phone numbers for questions or information.

What are the requirements to serve as a juror?

*Must be a United States Citizen

*Must be 18 years of age and older

*Must be a resident of LaSalle County

NOTE:  If you are not a citizen, please complete your questionnaire and send a copy of your residency card.

How will I know if I need to report for jury service?

Jurors are to call a recorded message for instructions prior to reporting. Make sure to read all instructions on the jury summons listed on the back of the summons in the dark blue box.

If I am needed to report, which courthouse do I report to and where do I park?

The courthouse you report to is the Governmental Complex, 707 Etna Road, Ottawa, Illinois. Please park on the east side of the courthouse and enter through the east door. A Jury Commissioner will be at the door to direct you to the Jury Assembly Room. The Jury Assembly Room is located in the basement and clearly marked.

Will I be paid for my jury service?

Yes. You are entitled to $10.00 plus mileage for the first day of service.

The second day and thereafter you are entitled to $15.50 plus mileage.

Additionally, you will receive mileage at the current IRS business rate from the post office in your town to the post office in Ottawa, roundtrip.

When will I be paid for my jury service?

The jury payroll is done on the last Wednesday of the month. Checks are mailed within the next day or so of the next month.

What can I do if I don’t have transportation?

No one is excused for lack of transportation. You would need to make arrangements for transportation. Call the jury office if you need more information.

What is the proper dress attire for jury service?

Jurors should dress comfortably but appropriately for a courtroom. Also, during the summer months the courtrooms are cool from the air conditioning so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket with you.  Tank tops, low-cut sleeveless tops and halter tops are not allowed in the jury room or courtroom.

May I bring a lunch?

You may bring a lunch. Unfortunately, we do not have a place to refrigerate food or drinks. You may want to bring some money with you in case you eat out. There are vending machines with snacks, juice and pop. There will be coffee or tea provided in the Jury Assembly Room.

What am I allowed to bring to jury service?

You may bring your own reading material or office work. We do have reading material provided in the Jury Assembly Room. Jurors may NOT bring laptops, cell phones, cameras, video and/or audio recorders or electronic games.

When will jurors be dismissed for the day?

Jurors will be dismissed after all court proceedings have been satisfied.

What happens if I fail to appear for jury service?

Failure to Appear when summoned is a serious matter. You may be held in contempt of court and could be fined up to $500.00. It is in your best interest to appear if you are summoned to avoid any further court action.

Are employers required to pay employees while on jury duty?

No. An employer is NOT required by law to pay employees who are on jury service. However, some employers do. You should check with Human Resources before serving and find out what the company’s policy is for jury service.

My employer will need documentation that I cam in for jury duty. Will I be able to show my employer I was there?

Yes. You will receive a Work Certification form with the date of service on it. Also, if you are chosen to be a juror for a trial, at the end of the trial a work certification with all of the dates on it will be printed and mailed to your home address. You are also welcome to come to our office during office hours and pick up your form before you leave.

Does my employer have the right to terminate or penalize me for performing my American right as a juror?

No. According to Illinois law, an Employer may not deny an employee time off for jury duty. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce any employee by reason of the employee’s jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service. 705-ILCS 305/4.l(a).

Why do I get summoned more than every three years? It seems like I get these every year.

You may have an active voter’s registration in LaSalle County.  If you did not cancel your voter’s from LaSalle County, you should contact the LaSalle County Clerk’s Office at (815) 434-8202 and speak to them about cancellation. Also, make sure your driver’s license is changed to your current address and not your old address in LaSalle County.

Why do I keep getting summonses from LaSalle County when I moved to another county?

You may have an active voter’s registration in LaSalle County.  If you did not cancel your voter’s from LaSalle County, you should contact the LaSalle County Clerk’s Office at (815) 434-8202 and speak to them about cancellation.

Can I bring someone with me for jury duty?

No.  The only persons allowed in the Jury Assembly Room are the jurors.  You can have someone escort you to and from the assembly room.

What do I need to bring for my jury service?

Make sure you bring your jury summons, and if you did not mail your questionnaire bring it with you.

 

For further questions or concerns please call the Jury Commission office Monday through Friady from 8:00am through 4:30pm at (815) 434-8262 or (815) 434-8293.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circuit Clerk

Greg Vaccaro

Phone / Hours

Child Support Division:

Phone: 815-433-0774
Fax: 815-433-9198
119 W. Madison Street, Room 200
Ottawa, IL 61350

Civil Division:

Phone: 815-434-8671
Fax: 815-433-6647
119 W. Madison Street, Room 201
Ottawa, IL 61350

Traffic/Criminal Division:

Phone: 815-434-8271
Fax: 815-434-8299
707 Etna Road, Room 141
Ottawa, IL 61350

Office Hours:

8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

Walk-in Divorce

Mon, Wed, Fri
9:00am - 10:00am

Walk-in Probate/Guardianship

Tues, Wed, Thurs
9:00am - 10:00am