Jury Commission

Qualify for Jury Duty
online qualification
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Click on the icon below to access the Juror Portal and complete your Qualification Form.

If you have been Summoned for Jury Duty in Howell County; you need to complete the Qualification Form to be compliant with Mo. Statue. If you are unable to complete the online form from the Gavel Link, or it is unavailable, you may request a paper Questionnaire from the Howell County Circuit Clerks Civil Division office.

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fill out your Jury Duty
qualification form

When you are Qualified to serve; You are to appear on the REPORT DATE AND TIME for your Panel…. A , B or C as indicated on your Summons.  Please Note:  Most report times are no later than 8:30 a.m. You will NOT be notified when a jury trial is “called off”
Jury Duty Schedule

JURORS WITH SERVICE IN

MAY AND JUNE OF 2024

Be sure your qualification answers are completed.

PANEL A:  YOUR NEW REPORT DATE IS:  THURSDAY, MAY 30th AT 8:AM

PANEL B:  YOUR NEXT REPORT DATE IS:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th AT 8AM

 

If you recently received a summons for Panel C, be sure your Qualification Answers are complete by using the Juror Portal above (the juror gavel is actually a link to the questionnaire) or call the Circuit Clerks Civil office for a Paper form.

PANEL C:   your first report date will be June 12th at 8:am


Because we experience frequent and last-minute changes! YOU SHOULD BE AWARE:  The Jury Trial Schedule changes often. However, you may check this site or phone recording at (417)256-7505 for the latest information.  Checking either of these platforms AFTER 5:00 PM the evening BEFORE you report may prevent you from appearing unnecessarily for Jury Duty. 

Thank you for your willingness to aid in the process of the Judicial system. We recognize that jury duty is time-consuming and often an imposition on our jurors, but it is one of the highest forms of civic duty we as citizens can perform for our country.  We hope that you find your service to be of value. I know the courthouse personnel certainly value the time and effort that you sacrifice to serve this county as a Juror. 


 

Jury Service: Hallmark of the American System of Justice

Few activities in our civic life provide such direct contact with our democracy as jury service. Besides voting, nothing is so active and participatory in nature. In fact, Thomas Jefferson believed that serving on a jury is more important than voting.

Report to the:

HOWELL COUNTY COURTHOUSE,

WEST DOOR ENTRANCE

Howell County, Missouri, courthouse in West Plains

Security Protocol
Be Advised: All PATRONS entering the courthouse are subject to search by security staff…WEAPONS and BAGS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE COURTHOUSE. All knives will be confiscated and not returned. CELL PHONES AND SMART WATCHES ARE NOT TO BE IN THE COURTROOMS, PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM FOR JURY DUTY. 
Dress Code
APPROPRIATE DRESS IS REQUIRED FOR JURY DUTY. (Think Business Casual) SHORTS, TANK TOPS, GRAPHIC TEE SHIRTS, PAJAMAS, OR HATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED PAST SECURITY. You will not be excused if you show up dressed improperly. 

 

ADA Compliant
If you need accommodations for a disability or special dietary needs, please call (417) 256-3741 during office hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., at least one week in advance of your report date. You may also use this number in case of an emergency while you are serving. Access to jury service is available to all individuals with a disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.   
We would like to take this opportunity to Thank YOU  for your service and cooperation and hope this website will provide quick and easy access to information on upcoming jury trials during your 2 Months of Jury Duty. We update this website and our phone service regularly; feel free to check back as often as needed. 

THANK YOU.


Howell County Jury Information

For other frequently asked questions and items of interest, be sure to check out our FAQ page by clicking on this link Jury Duty FAQs
Overview

The Office of  State Courts Administrator in Jefferson City creates the Master Jury Lists for our local Jury pools from The Secretary of States, Voter Registration files AND The Department of Revenue Drivers License files. It is possible those records have not been updated with your most recent address. Your helpfulness in completing the qualification questions will allow you to update these records.

The Summons

Jury Summons cards are mailed one month before the first report date.

The Summons card identifies:

The Jury Qualification Process

Is simply first, completing the necessary Questions; and then, getting the necessary information to the court if you need to be excused or disqualified after your questionnaire has been completed, either online or by paper questionnaire.

Before showing up for Jury Duty, all Jurors must complete the Qualification form within 10 days of receiving their summons. Either the online form or the paper form from the Circuit Clerks Civil Office. 417-256-3741 x1 x2

 

Howell County Jurors are “on call” for two months.  

That does NOT mean a trial will last two months.  It means you need to be available to come for Jury Selection during that time.  At Jury Selection you have the chance to review with the court any hardships or previous obligations you may have that would interfere with that specific trial date.  If you tried to get excused prior to jury selection date, and were denied, you will still have an opportunity to explain your circumstances in person to the court.

It is possible you could be called to attend more than one Jury Selection within your term of Service.

To minimize the inconvenience to our jurors’ lives; You are encouraged to call the recorded Howell County Jury information line or check this website the night before your report date, to ensure that there has been no change in the reporting instructions. Sometimes the Court cancels jury trials for various reasons and jurors can determine this by following the call-in or website instructions.

Medical Excuses

If you are requesting a disqualification or excusal due to mental health or medical reasons, or because you are a 24-hour caregiver for someone with a medical or mental reason, you MUST provide a doctor’s excuse. ALL MEDICIAL EXCUSES ARE DUE TWO WEEKS BROFRE YOUR FIRST REPORT DATE.

You may submit your Doctor’s excuse by:

Your diagnosis or medical records are not required. However, the Doctor’s recommendation is essential.  Please have all doctor’s excuses submitted at least 2 weeks before your report date.  In other words, all requests that do not have an associated doctor’s note will be denied.

Verify Your Report Date

Your first report date is printed on the summons.  It is the nature of the Court System that people are working diligently on each upcoming Jury Case.  At any time, a trial could get rescheduled or even called off completely. If you opted to communicate via email or by text during your Qualification, you should get electronic updates.  If not, you will need to call the automated Howell County Jury information line (417) 256-7505 OR you may check this website after 5:00 p.m. the evening before you are to report for jury duty. The recorded message will announce the most updated reporting date and time for each Panel of each Jury term of service.  see the top of this page for current dates.

Reporting For Jury Duty

Report to the Howell County Courthouse, located at 106 Courthouse, West Plains, MO  65775. Please allow ample time for parking and security screening. The Courthouse opens promptly at 8:00 a.m.

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN THE COURTHOUSE, but not limited to:

Therefore they should remain in your vehicle.

Jury Selection

The selection process usually lasts most of the morning hours. Typically there is a minimum of a one-hour lunch break around noon, and restroom breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon when needed.

The Jury Selection process will take place the morning  the Jury Trial is to start. There will be numerous breaks with multiple bathroom facilities.   Many of Howell County Jury Trails only last one day; even then there are breaks before and after Lunch to stretch and use the facilities.

 

COVID 19 PROTOCOL :

MASKS are available if you want one. 
SOCIAL DISTANCING is a personal choice.
HAND SANITIZER is provided.