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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 FAQ's

The Grand Jury determines that a person should be charged or prosecuted for a criminal act when it finds there is probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense. Also, it protects the innocent from unfounded accusation of crime and from the trouble, expense and anxiety of a trial when there is insufficient evidence to believe the accused is guilty of any criminal offense.

For more information on Grand Jury, please click here.

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

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.

We use the voter’s registration, driver’s license and state identifications, and Unemployment List to select for jury service.  Please make sure your name and address is exactly the same on voter’s and driver’s license.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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 U.S. citizen or LaSalle County resident, please complete your questionnaire appropriately and return to the Jury Commission office.

No one is excused for lack of transportation. You would need to make arrangements for transportation. 

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.

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.

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.


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