Located at 110 W. Elm, Room 202
Few activities in our civic life provide such a direct contact with our democracy as does 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. He said, "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."
Christian County's prospective jurors are chosen by computer in the Circuit Clerk's Office. Jurors are selected for a four-month period, but will only receive a summons to appear when a trial is scheduled. Summons are sent out approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of a trial.
Free parking is available to jurors in the lot around the Courthouse and directly behind the Justice Center.
Jurors will receive $18.00 per day of service and 50 cents per mile round trip from your residence to the Courthouse. A correct mailing address is essential for payment.
You are required to serve if summoned
A person who is summoned for jury service and who willfully fails to appear is guilty of criminal contempt and upon conviction may be fined not more than $500 (494.450 RSMo). Missouri Law provides that your employer may not terminate your employment or discipline you because you perform jury service.
For more information
A juror handbook is available at your local library or the Christian County Circuit Clerk's Office. If you have any questions or if you need an accomodation for a disability, please call. Accomodations are made for jurors with hearing disabilities and or special needs.
The Circuit Clerk's telephone number is 417-582-5120. A Juror "hot line" is also furnished for prospective jurors to check status of trials they have been summoned to appear for at 417-581-2853.