Juror Frequently Asked Questions
41. How can my family reach me in an emergency?
Your family should call the clerk's office, and a court employee will get the message to you as soon as possible.
If you are serving in Omaha, your family should call 402-661-7350 or toll free 1- 866-220-4381 (dial zero for immediate assistance).
If you are serving in Lincoln or North Platte, your family should call 402-437-1900 or toll free 1-866-220-4379 (dial zero for immediate assistance).
42. What will the court pay for?
Attendance fee: You will be paid a $40 attendance fee for each day that you report for jury duty. (Employees of the federal government are not entitled to the attendance fee).
Lodging: The court will pay for your subsistence and lodging at the current rate if you cannot return home each night. You can find the current rate in the brochure mailed to jurors before they report for service. You can also find the brochure on the court's Web site (Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha).
Mileage: You will receive the current mileage rate for travel to and from your home and the courthouse. You can find the mileage rate in the brochure mailed to jurors before they report for service. You can also find the brochure on the court's Web site (Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha).
Parking: You will be reimbursed for parking. If your parking costs more than $25.00, you will need to give the court a receipt.
43. Are my attendance fees taxable?
Yes, attendance fees are reportable and taxable. Jurors paid $600 or more in attendance fees will receive a 1099 Form from the court. This form will be mailed prior to January 31 of the following year. For additional information visit the Internal Revenue Service Website at www.irs.gov.
44. What is a supplemental questionnaire?
A supplemental questionnaire is an additional questionnaire that asks jurors to answer in advance questions often asked during jury selection. The supplemental questionnaire is sent only to the jurors who are qualified to report. This questionnaire shortens the time needed for jury selection, so it saves jurors' time and taxpayers' money.
45. Am I required to complete the supplemental questionnaire?
No, the information is requested, but not required.
46. Who will see the information provided in the supplemental questionnaire?
The information will be shared with the lawyers in those cases where you might be a juror, but it is confidential and does not become part of the public case files. The lawyers are required to destroy copies of the supplemental questionnaires after the jury is selected.
47. Are counseling services available to petit and grand jurors?Yes, the court may provide counseling services to grand and petit jurors through theEmployee Assistance Program (EAP) in cases with especially troubling testimony andevidence. Services are provided by Federal Occupational Health, a component of the U.S.Public Health Service. EAP counseling services can be provided as long as the jurors areserving; it is not available once jurors have been dismissed from service. The trial judgemust enter an order prior to the end of trial extending “for administrative purposes” thejurors’ term of service for a period sufficient to allow individual jurors to obtain counseling.Jurors can be provided up to six sessions each.