FAQs

  • Juror Information
  • I’m summoned and need to appear today; however, I woke up sick...will I get in trouble if I can’t make it?

    If you wake up sick the day you are to appear as a prospective juror please call the Clerk of the District Court at 8:00 a.m., ahead of the summoned time. We do not want to you come for jury service if you are truly ill; however, we do need to know so we can excuse you, if needed, and send a summons for a later date. (Remember a juror needs to be available two times or appear once before their service is complete for at least one year.)rnrnIf you are summoned in Lyon County call 620-341-3280 or 620-341-3283.rnrnIf you are summoned in Chase County call 620-273-6319.

  • What should I wear?

    Jurors should dress comfortably but appropriately for the courtroom. Torn jeans, shorts, and halter tops are not acceptable. Courtrooms are often cool, so you might want to bring a jacket or sweater.

  • I have misplaced my summons. What number do I call to see if I am to report for jury service ahead of appearing?

    A telephone answering service is available to keep you informed of the latest information we have concerning your jury service. Call the number below anytime after 5:00 p.m. the day before you are to appear. If you are summoned for a Monday trial, the message is turned on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and will be on until 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. If the line is busy, please try again later. In the event the trial has been cancelled and a message is recorded at the above number, you will not be paid juror fees or mileage if you appear at the courthouse. The Clerk of the District Court will not call you in the event of a cancellation. It is your obligation to call as directed above to see if you are needed as summoned.rnrnIf you are summoned in Lyon County call 620-341-3400.rnrnIf you are summoned in Chase County call 620-273-6319.

  • Who can be excluded from jury service?

    The following persons shall be excused from jury service (K.S.A. 43-158 as amended provides). Persons unable to understand the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to respond to a jury questionnaire form prepared by the commissioner;rnb. Persons under adjudication of incompetency. Persons who within ten (10 ) years immediately preceding have been convicted of or pleaded guilty, or nolo contendere, to an indictment or information charging a felony;rnd. Persons who have served as jurors in the country within one (1 ) year immediately preceding; andrne. A mother breastfeeding her child. Jury service shall be postponed until such mother is no longer breastfeeding the child.rnIn addition the court may excuse the following persons (K.S.A. 43-159 provided):rna. Persons so physically or mentally infirm as to be unequal to the task of ordinary jury duty. Persons whose presence elsewhere is required for the public welfare, health, or safety. Persons for whom jury service would cause extraordinary or compelling personal hardship. Persons whose personal relationship to the parties or whose information or interest in the case to be tried is such that there is a probability such persons would find it difficult to be impartial.

  • I am 70 years old, why am I not automatically excused from jury duty?

    People are not automatically excluded from jury duty because of their age. Often these individuals make really good jurors and enjoy serving. In Lyon and Chase County people who are 65 years of age or older, who are unable to serve or wish not to serve, can request to be removed from the the prospective juror list by contacting the Clerk of the District Court office.

  • Will I be paid and if so, how much?

    At the time you appear for jury service a Certificate of Jury Service will be given to you. It will need to be completed and turned in to the district court at the end of your service. Payment for jury service is $10.00 for the first day and $40.00 for any additional days. Jurors that live outside the  city limits can also include one round trip per day and the total miles will be figured at the state rate. Payment will be mailed to you following your jury service. Reimbursement is made by the county 4-5 weeks later. (This will be explained in detail at the time you are summoned.)rnrnPlease note that it is your responsibility to know your employer's policy in regard to Jury Service reimbursement. Some employers request that the jury service payment go to their business, other employers say that it is ok for the juror/employee to receive the payment, and a few employers request that neither the employer nor the juror/employee receive the Jury Service payment. This is separate from any mileage that the juror may be entitled to.

  • Are jurors allowed to take notes?

    It is up to the individual discretion of each judge. In general, it is not permitted. The judges feel it is important that jurors focus their attention on witnesses and information rather than on taking notes.

  • Since I turned in my questionnaire I have added vacation dates and the summons I received is during my vacation. Do I have to cancel my trip for jury service?

    If the prospective juror has a situation making it difficult to serve during a given time, it is the responsibility of that juror to contact the Clerk of the District Court. A request to be excused from a summoned date should be considered denied unless a written communication granting the request is received from the court. Written requests should be submitted to Lyon County District Court. We realize situations occur that can make it difficult to serve during a summoned date. When possible, we make an effort to work with our jurors. If notified in advance of dates involving vacation, medical, or business trips, etc., we make every effort to not use that person during the given time-frame. However, keep in mind, jurors must be available two times or appear once as summoned before service is complete for at least one year. Jury Service is the duty of all citizens, including employers and employees. Employers must not reprimand you for jury service. If needed, district court will provide documentation of your attendance for your employer. At the end of your jury service an Employer Excuse for Jury Duty-Time can be issued, upon request, by the Clerk of the District Court. This is only one excuse for the whole trial, given at the end of the trial, not one for each day.rnrnIf you are summoned in Lyon County call 620-341-3280 or 620-341-3283. you are summoned in Chase County call 620-273-6319.

  • How was I selected?
    The Fifth Judicial District primarily uses the list of licensed drivers provided by the state. A computer randomly selects a pool of prospective jurors. If your mailing address is incorrect on the summons, it is usually because the information on the driver’s license list is incorrect. Sometimes a person may have more that one entry if the last name has changed or had been spelled incorrectly. The Clerk of the District Court tries to catch duplicates; however, it would be helpful if you notice that you have received two different questionnaires in a short time to notify our office.rn

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  • My son/daughter is attending college and living outside of the county, will he/she be required to come back for jury service?

    Your son/daughter may have kept their home address as their permanent address; however, for our purpose, they are now considered a resident of the county where they are currently residing. By all means, please include that information on the questionnaire and return it to the Clerk of the District Court. We can adjust our list to reflect either a permanent move or even postpone their service a few years after their schooling away is completed. If, in a few years, another questionnaire is sent out to them, they can complete it if they have returned to our area; otherwise, if they have permanently relocated please inform us so they can be permanently removed from our jury list at that time. (Each questionnaire requesting an excuse will be reviewed on an individual basis.)

  • Do I need to bring anything with me?
    You do not need to bring anything with you. You may want to bring a jacket, book, or something else to do during the brief period of waiting.
  • What about childcare?

    Children may not come to court with you. The district court does not provide daycare for jurors. You are responsible for arranging care for your children. Parents with children at home are not automatically excused from service.

  • I received a summons and my employer is requesting that I be excused from jury service. Who does my employer need to contact?

    The court will not communicate with employers. If the prospective juror has a situation making it difficult to serve during a given time, it is the responsibility of that juror to contact the Clerk of the District Court. A request to be excused from a summoned date should be considered denied unless a written communication granting the request is received from the court. Written requests should be submitted to the Clerk of the District Court in the county in which you were summoned.

    We realize situations occur that can make it difficult to serve during a summoned date. When possible, we make an effort to work with our jurors. If notified in advance of dates involving vacation, medical, or business trips, etc., we make every effort to not use that person during the given time-frame. However, keep in mind, jurors must be available two times or appear once as summoned before service is complete for at least one year. Jury Service is the duty of all citizens, including employers and employees. Employers must not reprimand you for jury service. If needed, district court will provide documentation of your attendance for your employer. At the end of your jury service an Employer Excuse for Jury Duty-Time can be issued, upon request, by the Clerk of the District Court. This is only one excuse for the whole trial, given at the end of the trial, not one for each day. If you are summoned in Lyon County call 620-341-3280 or 620-341-3283. If you are summoned in Chase County call 620-273-6319.

  • What is the length of my jury service?
    A juror needs to be available two times, both of which were not deferred, or appear at the courthouse once before service is complete for at least one year. Appearance is required if the message, when called, says that the juror is needed on the date and time summoned. All jury panels are called to serve for one trial, which usually involves two or three days. Jury Service is one of the highest duties of citizenship and one that no good citizen should shirk. Your willingness to serve as a juror indicates your faith in the principle of free government. You should not ask to be excused except for serious and compelling reasons.
  • Where do I park?
    Emporia the parking spaces around the courthouse are timed. Please park in the lots east of Mechanic Street between the railroad tracks and 5th Avenue.
  • I don't see the relevance in answering everything on the Confidential Jury Questionnaire, why should I complete it
    Once the completed questionnaire is returned, District Court staff will review the information to see if you are qualified for future service. It is required by state law that each question be answered on the Confidential Jury Questionnaire. The questions asked in the questionnaire are questions that could be asked of you in open court by the judge and attorneys. You are given more privacy by answering them on the confidential questionnaire. Failure or refusal to answer these questions will subject you to citation for contempt of court as provided for by Kansas Law.
  • I listed on the questionnaire that I have a medical condition that would prevent jury service, why did I receive a summons?
    A Medical Statement from your physician is required to permanently remove you from the jury list. If you have a situation like pending surgery, immobility from a broken leg, etc., your service can be postponed for up to 6 months without a medical statement. You need to be specific and have communication with the Clerk of the District Court office.
  • Can I get something for my employer showing that I did appear for jury duty?

    Please notify court personnel at the end of your service if you need a letter verifying your jury service. The Clerk of the District Court will provide Employer Excuse for Jury Duty - Time upon request. This is only one excuse for the whole trial, given at the end of the trial, not one for each day.

  • Is my privacy protected?
    Yes. Your address and phone number are only viewed by the jury coordinator.
  • I received a form to fill out, does this mean I have been summoned for jury duty?
    Jury service in Lyon County involves two steps: First, a jury questionnaire will be sent that the prospective juror completes and returns; Second, a date specific summons will be sent to a qualified prospective juror including instructions to follow. Jury service in Chase County involves one step. You will receive a summons that includes the date you are to appear as well as the questionnaire that needs to be completed and returned to the court within seven days.
  • What do I need to do if the prospective juror is in the military and stationed somewhere else?

    Please indicate the information on the jury questionnaire and return it. It is very helpful if we know approximately when the prospective juror will return to our area and be available for jury service. The Clerk of the District Court office can adjust the list to reflect either a permanent move or even postpone service a few years until they have returned to our area.

  • What phone number do I call to find out if I have to appear for jury duty?

    Please call 620-341-3400 and listen to the entire message.

  • Will I need to complete the form even though I no longer reside in this county?
    On the questionnaire please indicate the county that you reside in and return it as requested. Some people live near county lines and will receive an incorrect jury questionnaire from our county.
  • Mediation
  • What is the High Conflict Parenting Class?

    "Forever Parenting" is a class for parents who are in conflict with parenting issues. The class must be court-ordered. The only cost is a small fee for the book used in the class.

  • Can anyone request mediation?

    Mediation must be ordered by the court.

  • Is there a charge for mediation?
    No, this is a free service provided by the court.
  • Citizens Review Board (CRB)
  • Can anyone attend a CRB hearing?

    No, only the parties involved in the case.

  • What is a Citizens Review Board (CRB)?
    The Fifth Judicial District has three volunteer Citizens Review Boards who review juvenile court cases involving Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases. The boards make recommendations to the Court with the goal of providing safe, permanent homes to children, or probation recommendations for juvenile offenders. Cases are reviewed by the board periodically. Volunteers are appointed by the Court to serve on the Citizens Review Boards. The volunteers receive extensive training and must pass KBI background checks. CRBs conform to the rules of the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, which provides oversight and funding.
  • Who can be a CRB volunteer?
    A CRB volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Lyon or Chase counties, and successfully complete the screening and training process.
  • Court Services Probation
  • Who will my probation officer be? Can I choose?

    No, your probation officer is assigned by the Chief Court Services Officer.

  • Where do I pay on my probation case?

    Please provide your court case number when making a payment. All payments can be made in person to the Clerk of the District Court on the second floor of the courthouse. Check or money order payments can be mailed to: Clerk of the District Court Lyon County Courthouse 430 Commercial Street Emporia, KS 66801 or Clerk of the District Court Chase County Courthouse 300 Pearl PO Box 529rn Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 Traffic Payments to the Court may be made online at www.citepayusa.com/ks

  • Where can I get the alcohol/drug evaluation that was ordered by the court?
    There are several local treatment providers approved by the court to prepare alcohol/drug evaluations. Court Services has a list of these agencies and can assist with referrals.
  • Can I sign conditions of probation in the county where I reside?
    Conditions of probation must be reviewed and signed with the Fifth Judicial Court Services Officer. After conditions have been signed and with the approval of the CSOs in both counties, supervision of your probation can be transferred to your county of residence.