I don’t want to do jury duty….

That’s one way to look at it, but consider this: 

In 1774 founding father John Adams said, "Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty...”

The importance of a trial by jury, was so important to Thomas Jefferson that he included it as a grievance in the Declaration of Independence because the King of England was “depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”

In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”  It was Jefferson’s conviction that led John Adams to include jury trials in our Bill of Rights enshrined in the 6th and 7th Amendments.

Serving as a juror is a vital role as a citizen of Missoula and the United States. It, along with voting, are the ordinary citizen’s greatest opportunity to participate in, and protect our democracy. Most people indicate that serving on a jury was a worthwhile experience.

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1. I received a postcard, what do I do?
2. Do I need to let the Court know I received this postcard?
3. Why was I selected to be in the jury pool?
4. I don’t live in Missoula County anymore, what do I do?
5. I was in the jury pool last year, why did I get a postcard this year as well?
6. Where can I find my Juror Number?
7. I was excused before, why did I receive a postcard?
8. Isn’t there a Questionnaire to complete?
9. I am going to be out of town for some period of time during the jury term, what do I do?
10. How do I get excused from jury duty?
11. How will I know if I am selected for a specific trial?
12. How many people are selected to be in the jury pool?
13. How long is the Jury term?
14. What are the consequences of not appearing for jury duty?
15. I don’t want to do jury duty….