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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I bring to the courthouse with me?

You may bring beverages, food, and small portable electronics like iPods, cellular phones, tablets, e-readers, and laptops.  Security will not allow the following items through the security checkpoint:

  • knitting needles
  • crochet hooks
  • pocket knives or multi-use tools
  • embroidery scissors
  • letter openers
  • mace or pepper spray
  • razors
  • tools (pliers, wrenches, hammers, etc.)
  • heavy gauge chains
  • firearms (real or toy)
  • bullets or ammunition

If you have more questions regarding items allowed through the security checkpoint, call the U.S. Marshals Service at 503-326-2209.

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Do I get paid for serving?

Unless otherwise waived, jurors receive $50.00 per day for attendance ($60.00 per day after the 10th day of petit service or the 45th day of grand jury service), round-trip daily mileage, and a flat- rate parking reimbursement (Portland and Eugene only).  Long distance jurors residing more than 75 miles from the courthouse may also be eligible for actual lodging reimbursement and per diem at the current General Services Administration rates. 

Most federal employees are exempt from receiving the daily attendance payment.

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Can I lose my job for reporting for jury service?

No. You are protected by federal statute (28 U.S.C. § 1875) from being discharged, intimidated, or coerced by your employer because of your jury service.  An employer violating this statute is subject to: damages to the employee for loss of wages or other benefits; an injunction prohibiting further such violations and providing appropriate relief, including reinstating the employee; a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each violation on each employee; and an order to perform community service.  A juror claiming his or her employer violated his or her employment protection rights may apply for appointment of counsel to bring such a claim.  Upon finding probable merit in such a claim, the Court may appoint counsel to represent the juror under 28 U.S.C. § 1875(d).

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Will my employer pay me while I am serving jury duty?

Your employer's personnel policies, or the specific employment agreement between you and your employer, will determine whether any compensation is payable to you during jury service. There is no statutory requirement that an employer pay salary or wages during an employee’s jury service.

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How can I be reached if there is an emergency while I am serving as a juror?

The Jury Administration Department can reach you during jury selection and jury service to pass on urgent messages.  Use the contact information below to reach the Jury Administration Department:

Eugene:      541-431-4100
Medford:     541-608-8777
Portland:     503-326-8100
Pendleton:  503-326-8100

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How do I know if my jury service is affected by severe weather conditions?

The Court may open late or close completely due to severe weather and poor road conditions.  Delay and closure information will be available on this site's homepage and in a recorded message at the affected location:

Eugene:      541-431-4100
Medford:     541-608-8777
Portland:     503-326-8100
Pendleton:  503-326-8100

If you have been selected as a juror and are serving on a trial, the judge’s courtroom deputy will contact you personally if there are weather-related delays or closures.

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