General Qualifications of Jurors (C.Cr.P. Art. 401)
Juror Information Line (504) 297-5220
In order to qualify to serve as a juror, a person must meet all of the following requirements:
- A citizen of the United States and of this state who has resided in the parish in which he is to serve as a juror for at least one (1) year immediately preceding his jury service; and
- At least eighteen (18) years of age; and
- Able to read, write and speak the English language and be possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language and
- Not under interdiction or incapable of serving as a juror because of mental or physical infirmity, provided that no person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of hearing in any degree; and
- Not under indictment for a felony nor have been convicted of a felony for which he has not been pardoned.
- Seventy (70) years of age
- If a person is seventy (70) years of age or older, he/she may claim an exemption. If a person wishes to waive his/her right to the jury process, the court must receive a written request claiming the exemption.
- Prior jury service within the past two (2) years
- If a person has served on a jury (actually chosen) as a grand, petit or civil juror within the immediate past two (2) years prior to the current subpoena’s date of service, he/she may claim an exemption. Proof of service must be provided or if the service was in Plaquemines Parish the date of service and type of trial is necessary to check the records.
Anyone who wishes to be excused from jury service or deferred to another date for reasons of undue hardship or extreme inconvenience must submit a WRITTEN REQUEST explaining the excuse and providing supporting documentation. Medical excuses must be accompanied by a doctor’s excuse specifically referencing the inability to serve.
Procedure for Requesting Excuse/Exemption/Deferral/Disqualification
- If you should be legally unable to serve for any reason, you must submit a WRITTEN REQUEST.
- You must complete the form provided with your subpoena, “Juror Qualification Questionnaire” and return it to the appropriate judge.
- The judge’s name, address and fax number are listed on your subpoena.
- You must also provide supporting documentation and a phone number where you can be reached.
Events may occur whereby a jury will not be needed for the date subpoenaed, but this may not be known until a day prior to the trial date. Please call (504) 297-5220 or check the website [enter website] after 4:30 p.m. the day before you are scheduled to appear in order to determine whether the trial has been rescheduled or cancelled.
What to Wear and What to Bring
You are expected to wear comfortable, respectful attire befitting court attendance. No shorts, tank tops, hats or flip-flops may be worn in the courtroom. You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.
Please bring your subpoena with you. Reading and writing material are permitted outside the courtroom; cell phones are not allowed in the courthouse. Wireless internet is not available in the courthouse. Please bear in mind that you are subject to search upon entering the courthouse. Weapons and items perceived to be weapons will be confiscated. Pocket knives, scissors, etc should be left at home or in your vehicle. Thank you for your cooperation and service to the court.
Due to limited eating facilities available at and around the courthouse you are welcome to bring snacks or lunch, particularly if you have special dietary needs. Vending machines with drinks and snacks are on the premises, but they empty quickly on jury days. If you are selected as a juror, lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.