Jury Commission

MARCH AND APRIL 2020 JURORS

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PURSUANT TO REVISED ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT DATED 3/22/2020 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC
THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES THE COURT’S ORDER REGARDING COVID-19 DATED MARCH 16, 2020.

ALL IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS IN ALL CIRCUIT COURTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE ARE HEREBY SUSPENDED FROM TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020. THESE DATES MAY BE EXTENDED BY FURTHER ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT OF MISSOURI AS CIRCUMSTANCES MAY WARRANT.

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 of upcoming jury trials during your term of service. We update this website and our phone service on a regular basis, feel free to check back as often as needed.

**PLEASE REVIEW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY** 

You will NOT be notified when a jury trial is “called off“. You are REQUIRED to appear on the REPORT DATE AND TIME for your Panel…. A or B, listed below. Please Note:  Most report times are no later than 8:15 a.m. , however, some trials are held at a later time.
You MUST check this website or call the phone service at (417) 256-7505, AFTER 5:00 P.M. the day BEFORE you report for jury duty to get updated information.
Report to the Howell County Courthouse, West Door Entrance, 106 Courthouse, West Plains, MO  65775.
Be advised, all personal items such as cell phones and handbags are NOT permitted in the courthouse, and should remain in your vehicle.

PANEL A:   

YOUR REPORT DATE IS: 

SUSPENDED: PLEASE CHECK BACK AFTER 5:00 PM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020.

PANEL B:   

YOUR REPORT DATE IS:

SUSPENDED: PLEASE CHECK BACK AFTER 5:00 PM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020.

If you need an accommodation for 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.    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

Jurors are selected by computer randomization from Voter Registration and Department of Revenue records and sent a summons approximately four weeks prior to the date they are to report. Jurors are on call for a two month term. In order to minimize the amount of time juror’s lives are disrupted, jurors are instructed to call an automated message line or check this website the night before their report date to assure that there has been no change in their reporting instructions. Sometimes the Court cancels jury trials for various reasons and jurors can determine this by following the call-in or website instructions.

 The Summons

 Log into a website browser at www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and complete the online qualification form and questionnaire within 10 days of receiving your summons. Please bring your summons with you each time you report for jury duty.

If you are requesting a disqualification or excusal due to mental health or medical reasons you MUST upload, hand deliver or fax a doctor’s note at least 2 weeks before your report date.  Requests that do not have an associated doctor’s note will be denied.

Documents supporting a request for disqualification or excusal may be uploaded from a computer file or from the camera of a tablet or smartphone.

Verifying Report Date

Call the automated message line or check this website after 5:00 p.m. the evening before you are to report for jury duty. A recorded message will announce reporting instructions for your panel (A or B).         Message Line: (417) 256-7505

 Reporting For Jury Duty

Report time is usually no later than 8:15 a.m., however, some trials are scheduled at a later time. Report to the Howell County Courthouse, located at 106 Courthouse, West Plains, MO  65775. Please allow ample time for parking and security screening.

Security screening is conducted on all persons entering the courthouse or courtrooms. Be prepared to remove watches, jewelry, belts and/ or any other items that may trigger screening devices. Individuals carrying prohibited items will be required to dispose of them before entering the building. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

If you leave the courthouse any time during or after jury selection, you will be required to go through security screening before re-entry to the courthouse.

Jury selection usually lasts most of the morning hours. Typically there is a one hour lunch break around noon and a brief restroom break mid-morning/mid-afternoon (whichever applies). Jurors are allowed to make/ receive calls as well as use electronic devices during breaks.