JURY REPORTING INFORMATION UPDATES
PLEASE NOTE: QUALIFIED jurors are jurors that have returned their Qualification Questionnaire and have received their status postcards from the jury office. If you have not received your postcard, please contact the Jury Office @ (208) 265-1443 or email the Jury Commissioner at email@example.com.
PANELS 11, 12 and 1
(Update as of 1:00 PM, Friday November 26, 2021)
|NO JURY TRIALS FROM 22SEP2021 TO 10DEC2021||N/A||N/A||Please read the Notice to All Jurors below.|
NOTICE TO ALL PANEL 11 - NOVEMBER 2021 JURORS: Per order issued on 26Nov2021 by the Idaho State Supreme Court, all jury trials are hereby cancelled until 10Dec2021 due to COVID. If you have not turned in your current Jury Questionnaire for the month of November, please do so as soon as possible via mail, email, or by fax. Please ensure all contact information is current or updated on your Jury Questionnaire.
NOTICE TO ALL PANEL 12 - DECEMBER 2021 JURORS: New Bonner County Jury Qualification Questionnaire forms for the month of December(Panel 12) were sent by mail on 26Oct2021. Please complete, sign, and return your Jury Qualification Questionnaire form as soon as possible. If the order from the Idaho State Supreme Court is cancelled, modified, or extended, updates will be provided on this website and the Jury Reporting Line.
NOTICE TO ALL PANEL 1 - JANUARY 2022 JURORS: Please note that we have implemented new procedures for the Jury Qualification Questionnaire process. All jurors will receive Summons for Jury Service postcards via mail. You will then select the Jury Instructions Notice and complete the Jury Qualification Questionnaire online. The links to both forms are located on this website. You will receive a notification email with your Panel and Reporting numbers along with your qualification status after your form has been reviewed. Please ensure you follow the instructions on the Jury Instructions Notice as the information on this notice will guide you through your juror assignment responsibilities.
Masks are currently required to be worn inside the Bonner County Courthouse per Administrative Order H21-DW.26.
SEPT 17 2021 UPDATE TO ALL: Please read the notice below under the Jury Scam Alert.
MESSAGE FROM THE JURY COMMISSIONER
Welcome to the Bonner County Jury Service website. This website contains important information regarding jury service for current and future jurors. Jury Service is an essential element of our judicial system. Trial by a jury is provided as a Constitutional right. Serving on a jury is one of the highest privileges and responsibilities of citizenship for your community and your Country.
Process for Panel 11 and 12 Jurors: If you are summoned as a juror, the first thing you will need to do when you receive your jury questionnaire packet is to ensure you receive all required documents. You should have received an Order to Appear for Jury Service letter from the Jury Commissioner, Supplemental letter from the Jury Commissioner, a Jury Qualification Questionnaire For Bonner County(double-sided document), and a pre-stamped return postage envelope. The Order to Appear Notice and Supplemental letter contain detailed instructions of the jury process and your responsibilities as a juror. The Jury Qualification Questionnaire form must be completed, signed, and returned within 10 days of receiving it. If you receive your Questionnaire late in the mail, please complete and return as soon as possible.
There are several ways that you may return the completed Questionnaire: 1) you may mail it in the return envelope provided; 2) you may email it to firstname.lastname@example.org; 3) you may fax it to (208) 265-1475; or 4) you may deliver it in person to the Bonner County Courthouse. If you have lost or misplaced your form, you may download a new one from this site. Please ensure you download pages 1 and 2 of the form. The jury office can provide your panel and reporting numbers to you by phone, mail, or email.
POSTPONEMENT or DAYS OFF DURING YOUR ASSIGNED MONTH OF JURY SERVICE: If you are unable to attend jury service during your assigned month, or on a particular day(s) during that month, please fill out the “Postponement or Days Off” section located at the bottom of page 1 of the Questionnaire.
Please be sure to keep the Order to Appear for Jury Service Notice as it contains important juror information including your Panel and Reporting Numbers and Dates of Service.
Process for Panel 1 AND Future Jurors: If you are summoned as a juror, you will receive a Summons for Jury Service postcard in the mail. You will be directed to this website to review the Jury Instructions Notice(tab 2), then complete the Jury Qualification Questionnaire(tab 3). You may access this from your computer or cell phone. If you are unable to complete the process online, you will need to contact the Jury Commissioner by email or phone to request a paper form via mail. After your questionnaire is reviewed, you will receive an email response with your qualification status, Panel and Reporting numbers. Please ensure you print or save the Jury Instructions Notice as pertinent information will be provided to assist you with your jury service responsibilities.
Additional forms are located above on the tabs listed above if needed.
JURORS OVER 70 and PREVIOUS RESIDENTS OF BONNER COUNTY: Please fill out the Questionnaire and return it as previously stated above. If your name or address has changed, please note those changes on the “Corrections” lines located at the top right side of page 1 on the Questionnaire. Please answer questions 2 or 3 accordingly.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING TO THE BONNER COUNTY COURTHOUSE AT YOUR ASSIGNED DATES AND TIMES: If you fail to appear for jury service at your assigned dates and times or return your Questionnaire, you may be subject to appear before a judge and could be held in contempt of court and fined, or even jailed. To ensure you report as required, you must call the Bonner County Jury Reporting Phone Messaging System or this website every Friday after 6:00 PM, beginning the Friday before the first day of your assigned month of service and continuing every Friday of your assigned month. Have your Panel and Reporting Number ready when you call. You will receive reporting instructions for the next week. Be sure to listen to the entire message. If there is more than one trial scheduled for the week, you will need to select a phone option (Option 2, 3, or 5) to hear the correct reporting instructions for your panel and reporting number.
Bonner County Jury Reporting Phone Number:
JURY SERVICE IN BONNER COUNTY IS FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH: Jurors may be assigned more than one time during their month of service. It is very common for the numbers to climb to Reporting Number 600 and then wrap back around to Reporting Number 1 and begin again. You should not assume that just because you have been assigned to a trial that you are finished for the month. Please contact the Jury Office if you have any questions about this to avoid a failure to appear for a trial situation.
REPORTING TIMES FOR JURY SERVICE: Reporting times may vary between 7:30 am and 10:30 am depending on the court schedule and the nature of the jury trial. Though jurors typically report for trials in the morning, there are times when jurors may be asked to report in the afternoon. The court schedule is very dynamic and reporting times cannot always be determined by the time you check in on Friday evenings. The Jury Office will always instruct you to check back the evening before your trial is scheduled for further reporting information. Parking at the Courthouse is available, but may also be limited. Please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive and sign in.
TEXT AND EMAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: If you would like to receive text and/or email notifications and updates about jury trials, please ensure you check those boxes on the Questionnaire and that you provide your cell phone number and provider and/or email address in the spaces provided.
MEDICAL NOTES: If you need an exemption for a medical issue, you must provide the Jury Office with a completed Physician’s Certificate form and your completed Questionnaire. You may print the form from this website, pick one up at the Bonner County Courthouse, or you may contact the Jury Office and request a form be sent to you. Please note the form must be signed by a Medical Doctor(M.D.). The form will then be forwarded to the District Judge for review and approval.
COVID-19 UPDATE: The Bonner County Courthouse continues to monitor COVID-19 protocols for the State of Idaho. Currently, masks and social distancing is REQUIRED. We are taking precautionary measures to limit the potential spread of the virus while also ensuring that we are able to continue with essential judicial proceedings. This is subject to change without notice by Order of the Administrative District Judge or the Idaho Supreme Court.
CONTACTING THE JURY COMMISSIONER: The Jury Commissioner Cell Phone (208) 290-4993 is intended for EMERGENCY USE ONLY by the Jury Commissioner for contacting jurors in the event landline service is down. If you are unable to reach the Jury Office, please send an email to email@example.com and we will contact you directly as soon as we can. If you have an EMERGENCY that requires immediate contact with the Jury Commissioner and you are unable to reach the Jury Office by phone or email, you may then call the cell number.
JURY SCAM ALERT: The Jury Office has been notified of a potential Jury Service Scam in our area. To advise, a report was made on September 17, 2021 to advise of a Spoof/Robo caller pertaining to Bonner County Jury Service. Please be vigilant if you receive one of these calls. The Bonner County Jury Office would never make a threatening phone call to a juror and/or demand payment or request personal information for jury service non-compliance. The caller may even identify himself/herself as an officer you may know. We have a very small community. The Sandpoint Police Department and the Bonner County Sheriff's Office would not contact you and ask you for personal information either. DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. If you think you have been part of a jury scam, please contact the Bonner County Sheriff's Office non-emergency dispatch number at 208-265-5525 and call the Jury Office at 208-265-1443. If your issue is not resolved, please let us know immediately.