Juror Frequently Asked Questions
21. How will I know when to report?
You will receive a summons giving the first day of your reporting term. The summons will tell you to begin calling the toll-free automated jury message system after 3:00 p.m. Central Time on the Friday before your reporting date, and each Friday throughout your service, or as instructed. When you call the automated jury message system at 1-866-534-5317, it will ask you to enter your 9-digit participant number shown on your summons. The message system will tell you whether or not you are scheduled to report for jury service. If you are not scheduled to report, the message will tell you when to call again.
22. Will I receive advance notice to report?
Yes, you will receive calls from the court's automated jury message system or a letter from the court giving you advance notice of upcoming trials.
23. Why must I call the evening before I appear for jury duty?
The court's schedule occasionally changes at the last minute. For this reason, you must call the automated jury message system the evening before you are to report to the courthouse. The message may tell you to report or tell you that your appearance is not necessary. If you report to the courthouse when you have been told not to report, you will not be paid or given credit for that day's attendance.
24. Where do I report?
Omaha: First Floor, Jury Assembly Room
Roman L. Hruska U. S. Courthouse (west entrance)
111 South 18th Plaza
Lincoln: Fifth Floor, Jury Assembly Room
Robert V. Denney Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North (16th & 'O' Streets)
North Platte: Third Floor
U. S. Post Office and Federal Building
300 East 3rd Street
North Platte, Nebraska
25. Where do I park?
26. May I stay overnight?
You may stay overnight the night before any day that you are required to report to the courthouse if you live approximately 60 miles or more (one-way) from the courthouse. This includes the night before your first reporting date. You must have your own money or a credit card to cover the first night because the court will not be able to reimburse you on the first day you report. The court will mail you a list of hotels before the date you are to report. You may stay wherever you wish near the courthouse. When making your reservation, ask if they have a government rate that would apply to federal jurors. If verification is requested when you check in, present your summons. If you have a problem finding a room please contact the jury clerk.
27. What should or shouldn't I bring with me when I report for jury duty?
- Photo ID (required to enter the building);
- Jury summons (you may be asked to identify yourself as a juror); and
- Enough clothing and personal items to accommodate a stay of up to five days if you live 60 or more miles away (one-way) and are staying overnight.
Allowed personal items:
- Newspaper, book, magazine, etc.;
- Laptop computer (if you present your summons upon entering the building; free wireless Internet access is available in Omaha and Lincoln);
- Food, snacks, or items for special dietary needs (refrigerators and microwaves are available); and
- Cellular phone (if you present your summons upon entering the building; must be turned off or silenced in courtroom).
- Cameras and other image/video devices;
- Mace or pepper spray;
- Portable TVs; and
28. What should I wear?
Either casual or professional dress is acceptable. Bring a sweater or light jacket because the courtroom temperatures may vary.
29. If I am selected to report, does that mean I will serve as a juror on a case?
Not necessarily. A jury will be selected from the large group of people who are summoned to report.
30. How long will I be there the first day?
A jury will be picked on the first day you report for jury duty. If you report in the morning and are not chosen as a juror, you could be dismissed by noon or early afternoon. If you are chosen to serve as a juror, you will be finished by approximately 5:00 p.m.