Jury Duty

A Jury of Our Peers

Jury duty is a civic responsibility that helps maintain the legal system. Citizen juries aid courts in determining the facts of a case based on hearing evidence presented at trial.

The state compiles a master list for jury selection from current voter registration lists and names from other lists that show residency. For every two-year period, you can serve up to 10 court days.

If you’ve been summoned to jury duty, you must fill out a qualification form. If you fail to do so, you will be summoned to appear before the jury commission. Failure to appear at this hearing or to show good cause for not complying can lead to criminal contempt charges. Willfully misrepresenting the information on the questionnaire to avoid service is a misdemeanor.

You can only be excused from jury duty for medical reasons or postpone your jury duty by showing undue hardship. It is unlawful for an employer to threaten your employment for responding to a jury summons, and an employer who violates this statute can face criminal and civil charges.

Jurors in Idaho can be paid a small per diem for half or full days of jury service, plus mileage, as determined by the county commissioners of the county where the juror resides.