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Are juror fees reportable income?
The IRS considers juror attendance fees to be Other Income and must be reported on Line 21 of the 1040. At the end of the year, a 1099 MISC will be mailed to all jurors who earn $600 or more in attendance fees in the calendar year.
Do I receive a pay stub?
We do not have a stub itemizing your days of service. However, upon subvoucher request, the Clerk's Office will furnish you with a certificate stating the date you reported and that you were paid $40.00 attendance fee. Mileage is not included on the certificate because it is a direct reimbursement of your expenses and not recoverable by your employer.
Does my employer have to pay me?
No. However, many employers have policies which stipulate what they are willing to pay employees while they are serving. Please check with your employer regarding his or her normal procedures.
What fees are paid to jurors?
The attendance fee is $50.00 per day unless you are employed by the Federal Government. Jurors will be reimbursed for their round trip mileage from their home to the courthouse at a rate of $.575 per mile for automobiles and $.55 per mile for motorcycles. Free parking is provided for jurors. Parking instructions are included in the letters sent to jurors along with the summons for jury duty.
When will I receive payment?
Jury checks are mailed to your home address within two weeks from the date of service.
Are meals provided?
No, meals are not provided, although there are vending machines and we do provide coffee and soft drinks. You may bring a lunch if you wish. We have a refrigerator and microwave for your use. Additionally, there are a number of restaurants convenient to the courthouses, and jury staff will be happy to advise you of names and locations.
What is the difference between a petit and grand juror?
A petit juror's responsibility is to determine issues of fact "beyond a reasonable doubt" in civil and criminal cases and to reach a verdict in conjunction with those findings. A grand juror's responsibility is to determine "probable cause" based on the facts and accusations presented by the prosecutor. If a grand jury finds probable cause, an indictment will be handed down. An indictment is the most common way a criminal case starts.
What type of cases are heard?
We have both civil and criminal trials in Federal Court. Criminal trials consist of juries composed of 12 jurors plus alternates, and civil trials are comprised of 6 to 12 jurors. Only 12 jurors can deliberate on any trial.
Why am I asked about my race and/or gender?
Race and gender are not factors in determining your eligibility to serve as a juror. We ask these questions so that we can assure a proper racial and gender balance in our master jury wheel.
Why were you selected for jury duty?
This court has jurisdiction over the counties of Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Seminole, Sequoyah and Wagoner . Your name was randomly selected by computer from voter registration lists with procedures established by the judges of this court and in full compliance with all relevant federal statutes and court rules. Prospective jurors received a questionnaire by mail to be completed and returned to the court. The names of qualified persons are placed on a list from which the court randomly selects its prospective jurors.