Jurors must be:
- citizens of the United States
- a resident of Robertson County at least 1 year
- 18 years of age or older
- are not citizens of the United States
- do not live in Robertson County
- are under the age of 18
- have been convicted of a theft, perjury, subornation of perjury or felony
- alcohol/drug dependency
THE FOLLOWING JURORS MAY BE TEMPORARILY EXCUSED
- are full-time college students
- have a pending case in Robertson County Circuit Court
- have served on jury duty within the last 2 years
COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYMENT
Pay for jurors is set by the state legislature and is found at Tennessee Code Annotated 22-4-101. This law entitles you to receive ten ($10.00) dollars per day for jury service. Under the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 22-4-108, an employee who is full time and has been employed for at least six months (if the employer employs five or more persons) is entitled to his or her usual pay, less the amount of the fee which he or she received from serving as a juror. Employees who work a night shift or work other hours preceding those in which court is normally held are entitled to be excused from work and also to receive their regular wages.
You should be aware that if your employer either terminates you because of jury service or does not pay you your regular wages in compliance with the law, your employer might be subject to being held in contempt or being convicted of a crime. The judge has the power to see that these laws, providing for the protection of jurors, are enforced, and that jury service does not become more of a financial burden than is absolutely necessary.
There is free parking lots located behind the UT Extension office and next to the Presbyterian church. Do not park in any private lots as you will be towed.
Security screening is heavily enforced at the Robertson County courthouse. To expedite the screening process we ask that you limit the amount of items that you bring with you during jury duty. Also, allow extra time to get through the security line. Please do not bring any weapons, mace, pepper spray, knives, forks, scissors, knitting needles or nail files. Basically, do not bring anything that can be considered a weapon.
REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED/POSTPONED
If you believe that you qualify for an exemption, you must submit your request in writing onyour Jury Summons. Requests to be excused or have your jury service postponed will not be considered by phone. Inconvenience or work hardships are not adequate reasons to be excused from jury duty. However you may request to be postponed to a later date. You must also include a letter from your doctor if you are requestingto be excused for medical reasons. If you do not receive further notice, your request to be excused has been granted. If you no longer have your Jury Summons, you may mail your request to:
Robertson County Courthouse
501 S Main St, Room 109
Springfield, TN 37172
If you need to be postponed, please list two (2) separate months (except June and December) in which you could serve. If your request is granted, you will receive confirmation and instructions by mail.
State law prohibits smoking in all parts of the courthouse. Smoking is only permitted outside the building. However, because of time limitations there will not always be opportunities to go outside.
RULES TO REMEMBER DURING THE TRIAL
After you are selected as a juror on a case, you should observe the following rules:
- Please do not be late for court. If you are late, a number of persons may by inconvenienced, including your fellow jurors. Should you be delayed, please call the court to which you are assigned to let them know.
- Please do not wear inappropriate clothing.
- Common courtesy and politeness are safe guides as to how jurors should act. No juror shall be permitted to read a newspaper or magazine in the courtroom. Nor should a juror talk to another juror in the courtroom during the trial. Please do not chew gum in the courtroom.
- Always sit in the same seat in the jury box. This enables the judge, the clerk and the lawyers to identify you more easily.
- Listen to every question and answer. Since you must decide the case based on the evidence, you should hear every question asked and every answer given. If you do not hear some of the evidence for any reason, ask to have it repeated.
- Do not talk about the case to anyone, even other jurors, until the judge sends you to the jury deliberation room to decide the case. You should not permit anyone to talk to you, or talk in your presence, about the case. If anyone talks to you about the case or attempts to influence you as a juror, report it to the court officer immediately.
- Do not be an amateur detective. Since the only evidence you can consider is that which is presented in court, you are not allowed to make an independent investigation, or to visit any of the places involved in the case.
- Let the lawyers and the judge ask the questions. Although you may want to question a witness, there are practical reasons why such a practice is discouraged. By taking such a active part in the trial, a juror may find himself or herself unconsciously led to being in a position of being an advocate for one of the parties, thereby destroying the ability to render an impartial verdict.
Your duty is to apply the law, which will be given to you by the judge, to the facts in the case. You are expected to listen carefully to the proof, disregard anything which the judge instructs you not to consider and arrive at an understanding as to why the events which are the subject of the lawsuit may have occurred. Then, you are to listen carefully to the instructions given to you by the judge at then end of the trial and apply the law to the facts as you find them.
DRESS CODE POLICY
All individuals entering the courtroom shall be dressed appropriately, clean and neat. Dress,which is disturbing and distracting in court is inappropriate. Clothes and appearance must besafe and not disruptive to the judicial process. Remember you are appearing in a court of law.
· No shorts are permitted.
· Undershirts and tank tops, if worn, must be worn with another “cover-up” shirt. Shoulders, backs, chests, and midriffs must be covered.
· Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No flip-flops or house shoes permitted.
· Clothing that advertises substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products) or language or writing that is otherwise inappropriate or offensive (sex, profanity, racial or ethnic slurs, gang-related attire, etc.) may not be worn. Tattoos that display drugs, sex, alcohol, or tobacco products must not be seen at anytime.