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Jury Service General Information
Complete your online jury qualification/questionnaire at this website: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov
Citizens are often called upon to serve as jurors:
Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice and jury service is considered to be a high duty of citizenship.
Jurors are selected to serve based upon voter registration, driver’s license information and income tax filers. This information is maintained on a central computer database at the General Services Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon order of the court, names are selected by computer from this database. This computer is programmed so that names are selected at random; therefore, there is no discrimination that may be exercised.
No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, economic status or occupation.
The juror qualification/questionnaire that you are being asked to fill out is essential and saves time when the jury trial panels are selected.
If summoned to serve as a juror, we urge that you serve. Besides, you might enjoy it. Most jurors tell us they do.
Every SUMMONS TO JURY SERVICE must have a completed Questionnaire and Qualification submission –
please submit online at: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov (If you do not have internet access, there are kiosks/computers available at the court you were summoned to.)
REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION:
- You MUST be a RESIDENT of the County for which you are summoned in order to serve; if you DO NOT LIVE in the County for which you were summoned, please provide proof of residency in the form of: valid driver’s license, identification card, or voter registration card reflecting your current address.
- You MUST be a United States citizen in order to serve; if you are not a U.S. citizen, please provide: current visa, passport, green card, or other legal documents that indicate that the juror is not a U.S. citizen
- You MUST be 18 years of age or older
- A person who was convicted of a felony and who meets all other requirements for eligibility may be summoned for jury service if the person has successfully completed all conditions of the sentence imposed for the felony, including conditions for probation or parole.
- If you have served on jury duty in Federal or State court in the last 3 years (36 months) you may request an exemption.
- If you are 75 years of age of older you may request an exemption
REQUEST FOR EXCUSAL:
If you have an extreme mental, physical, or financial hardship you may request an excusal from jury service:
- ALL MEDICAL EXCUSAL REQUESTS must have appropriate supporting documentation: If requesting excusal for medical reasons, please provide a completed Request for Medical Excuse Form, or a doctor’s letter –currently dated, signed and on healthcare-provider letterhead
- If you are requesting an excusal due to a financial hardship please submit a letter to the court.
REQUEST FOR POSTPONEMENT:
- Postponements may be available: If the date scheduled for your jury service will create a severe hardship for you, you may request a postponement. If granted postponement, when you receive your new summons you will need to again respond by updating your Qualification submission and will be expected to serve at that time.
- Please do NOT wait until you are scheduled to appear to request needed time off. Please submit in advance, your request for “excusal dates” during your jury service term via: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov, or via email, fax, or general mail. Please include your name, juror id#, reason for excusal, and dates.
ALL DOCUMENTATION AND REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTION, EXCUSAL OR POSTPONEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE JURY PORTAL:
https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov, or via email, fax, or general mail.
TERM OF SERVICE:
Jury selection is generally for a 6-month period, unless otherwise instructed. The court is normally in session Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.5 p.m.
The call to serve on a jury does not frequently come, and such an opportunity may never be repeated during your lifetime. Jury service is an obligation of citizenship. It represents your contribution to our democratic way of life. The sacrifice it compels-and for many of you it is a major sacrifice-enlarges the value of its rendition.
The United States Constitution and the New Mexico Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. All Quay, De Baca, and Harding County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they are under the age of 18, not a citizen, found incompetent by a court of law or are no longer a resident of the county in which they were called. This site has been designed to help you answer any questions you may have regarding jury service.
However, this site does not allow you to disqualify, excuse, or request a postponement. Please refer to your summons or your county Jury Service Tab under Jury Information for additional information and documents required.
Being on a jury is a rewarding experience, and your participation is appreciated.
Juror Exit Survey– Please take the time to fill out the survey. Your Feedback is greatly appreciated: Juror Exit Survey
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS:
The Court provides beverages to empaneled jurors. Meals will be provided only to jurors who are in deliberation or sequestered. At other times, you will be responsible for your own meal but will be paid jury time through the lunch hour.
Jurors may dress casually but befitting the dignity of the Court. Shorts are not permitted. Do not wear clothing that will cause a distraction. Jurors are urged to bring a sweater or light jacket due to the courtrooms can be chilly during the winter months or the air conditioner may be too cool for some during the summer.
For jurors’ safety as well as for the staff and other court patrons, bailiffs will be performing security checks prior to entry into the courtroom.
The 10th District Court is a weapon free zone.
No knives or weapons of any kind are allowed.
Only clear, sealed bottles of water allowed. The court will provide bottled water upon request.
Please do not bring cell phone, hand bags, or purses to any court proceedings.
Jurors are summoned twice per year, every six months. It is the jurors responsiblity to keep up with call in dates and jury trials. Court staff will never call jurors to notify them of report dates. If you have any scheduled doctor appointments, vacations or meetings please try to give court staff at least one week notifcation prior to call in date. Jury trials will always be the business day immediately following the call in date.
De Baca County
Jurors are summoned as needed during the year. The term of service will last for 6 months. It is the jurors responsibility to keep up notifications via email, text messaging, or by US mail. Court staff generally will not contact you by phone for report dates. If you have any scheduled doctor appointments, vacations or meetings please try to give court staff at least one week notification prior to call in date. Jury trials will normally be the business day immediately following the notification date.
Jurors are summoned only as needed. The term of service will last for 6 months. It is the jurors responsiblity to keep up with call in dates and jury trials. Court staff will never call jurors to notify them of report dates. If you have any scheduled doctor appointments, vacations or meetings please try to give court staff at least one week notifcation prior to call in date. Jury trials will always be the business day immediately following the call in date.