Bagdad-Yarnell Justice Court Jury Duty
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Jurors are the heart of the judicial system in the United States. In all serious criminal cases, defendants are entitled to a trial by a jury representative of the defendant's community. Many civil cases also include a right to a jury trial.
All U.S. citizens are qualified for jury service if they are at least 18 years old, are residents of the jurisdiction in which they have been summoned to serve, have had their civil rights restored if previously convicted of a felony, and have not been determined by a court to be mentally incompetent or insane.
Jurors are summoned by mail from a list of qualified jurors provided by the Yavapai County Jury Commissioner.
Required service is usually one day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Typically, jury trials occur on Thursdays and Fridays. There are occasionally exceptions.
Arizona has pioneered many successful jury reform measures, such as jurors being allowed to ask written questions of witnesses in the court; jurors being allowed to discuss evidence (in civil cases) during the course of the trial; juror note taking and juror notebooks in lengthy or complex trials; and supplemental pay for long trials.
Jurors are instructed to call (928) 427-3318 the day before the trial between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. to determine if they should report for duty.