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Jury Service

When you serve on a jury, you make decisions that can change lives. We want to provide information that can help prepare you for your jury service.

Please explore the resources on this site, including the educational videos and written materials, to learn more about the jury process in Kentucky. If you have other questions about your jury service, please contact your local jury office for more information.

We sincerely hope you find jury service to be a meaningful and rewarding experience. The Kentucky Court of Justice thanks you for serving.

Notice to Prospective Jurors

The Kentucky Court of Justice is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for jurors and will follow all guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Kentucky to ensure social distancing and public safety during your term of service.

Entering a Court Facility

  • Facial coverings are required. Court security will not permit anyone, including jurors, to enter a court facility unless they wear a facial covering. A facial covering is a mask, scarf, bandana or other cloth that covers the nose and mouth. If you do not have a facial covering, one will be provided to you. You must wear a facial covering over your mouth and nose at all times while in the court facility.
  • Signs are posted at each court facility restricting entry for anyone who:
    • Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell)
    • Is currently self-quarantined as directed by any doctor, hospital, or health agency
    • Has been diagnosed with or has had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • Jurors who meet any of the criteria listed in the “Restrictions on Entering Court Facilities” sign will not be permitted to enter any court facility. If you are scheduled for jury service and are ill or would otherwise be unable to enter the court facility due to meeting one or more of these criteria, please contact your local jury office to discuss rescheduling your service.
  • To limit direct contact with court security officers, non-transparent purses or other similarly enclosed bags are prohibited in any court facility that does not have an X-ray machine, unless items in the bag are medically necessary. When a court facility does not have an X-ray machine, personal items may be carried by hand or brought in a transparent or open container capable of visual inspection. Please contact the Office of Circuit Court Clerk prior to your scheduled appearance to ask whether these restrictions apply in the court facility where you’ve been summonsed.

Health and Safety Precautions

The Supreme Court has implemented precautionary safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some examples include:

  • Configuring and demarking courtrooms, juror areas and common areas to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained at all times
  • Holding jury proceedings in a large ventilated space to maintain proper social distancing
  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces
  • Enforcing use of facial coverings throughout the court facility
  • Dividing jury panels into smaller groups and staggering reporting times for jurors

Juror Orientation

To enforce social distancing and other measures necessary to protect jurors, juror reporting practices in the county may be modified. Courts may choose to:
  • Require completion of juror orientation online prior to reporting
  • Hold juror orientation by videoconferencing.

If you receive a summons, DO NOT ignore it. You must complete and return the qualification form to the county that summoned you to request an excuse or postponement.

Postponement

You may request to have your jury service postponed due to COVID-19 related reasons if:

  • You are ill, caring for someone who is ill, or in a high-risk category
  • You are unable to wear a facial covering because doing so would pose a serious threat to your health or safety

Excuses

You may request to have your jury service excused due to COVID-19 related reasons if you were laid off, became unemployed or otherwise suffered an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can show you would suffer further economic loss as a result of your jury service.

Concerns

If at anytime during your jury service you are concerned for your health or safety due to a lack of safety measures or because the Kentucky Court of Justice COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements are not being followed, please bring it to the attention of the local judge, circuit court clerk or other Kentucky Court of Justice personnel in the county in which you were summoned. Additionally, any concerns regarding application or implementation of the Supreme Court’s orders, including the Kentucky Court of Justice COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements, can be submitted to COVIDcourtconcerns@kycourts.net.

COVID-19 Jury Updates

Visit the Kentucky Court of Justice on Facebook and Twitter for updates on Supreme Court orders about jury service during COVID-19. All Supreme Court orders regarding COVID-19 are available here, including the latest Kentucky Court of Justice COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements.

Jury Text Notifications

Jurors in some counties can sign up to receive service updates by text. 

The text notifications are courtesy reminders. If for any reason jurors do not receive the text, they are still responsible for checking the telephone answering service or local juror website for jury messages, as instructed by the county. Jurors will automatically be removed from the text notification system when their jury service term ends.

The Kentucky Court of Justice does not charge jurors to use the notification service. However, depending on the phone carrier, standard text rates may apply. The KCOJ cannot guarantee all phone carriers are compatible with the text notification service.

To see if your county is participating, choose your county from the drop-down menu here. For a guide on how to register for text notifications, click here.

Protect Yourself Against Jury Scams

Please be on alert for jury scams, including those involving calls from people claiming to be court officials or law enforcement officers.

The Kentucky Court of Justice personnel will never ask for payment, a credit card number or Social Security number for failure to appear for jury service. DO NOT provide your bank or credit card information over the phone to anyone claiming to be associated with the court system’s jury program.

If you receive a suspicious call, email or other communication from someone who claims to be a court employee and requests financial information, contact your local jury office and local law enforcement immediately.