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Welcome to Federal Grand Jury Service

 

Serving as a grand juror is a fundamental obligation we all share as citizens of the United States. Federal law requires that a grand jury be selected at random from a fair cross section of the community in the district in which the federal jury convenes. Thus, all citizens have an equal opportunity and obligation to serve. We hope you will find your service an interesting and rewarding experience.

Complete and return your Jury Information Form (JIF) within 5 days using eJuror. You will need your nine-digit Participant Number (ex. 100023456) to log-in. If completing the form online, please do not mail or fax the paper copy.
 
                   A Grand Jury is comprised of 23 people selected from qualified individuals out of all five divisions
                   in the Western District of Arkansas; namely: El Dorado, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Northwest, and
                   Texarkana.
                   Grand jury sessions are held in Fort Smith.
 

TERM OF SERVICE

                      You are on call as a grand juror for 18 months. Your term may be extended an additional six months, if
                   so ordered by the court. The grand jury meets every 5-6 weeks for about two days at a time in Fort
                   Smith.
 

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATION

                      Please turn off cell phones while in the courthouse. According to the security measures of the day, you
                   may be asked to leave your cell phones at the Security Screening Station. Other electronic devices are
                   NOT permitted in the courthouse.

                   You will need your Summons and photo ID with you when you report.

                    A total of 23 grand jurors will be selected along with alternates on your initial summons date. If you are
                    selected as a grand juror, please be prepared to serve consecutive days, as a grand jury session will
                    be scheduled to follow the selection process. A total of 16 of the 23 grand jurors must be present for a
                    session to take place. If you are selected as an alternate, you are subject to being activated at a later
                    time during the 18 month term of service, or longer if so ordered by the court, to fill a vacancy created
                    by the loss of one of the original 23 grand jurors. Once activated, you will continue to receive summons
                    notices until the term of service is complete.
 
                    ***Please be sure to check-in at the Jury Assembly Room 307, each day that you report, so that your
                    attendance can be recorded for payment purposes.***
            
 
JUROR PAY AND REIMBURSEMENT
 
                    The attendance fee is $40.00 per day. Federal employees are paid an attendance fee only during the
                     hours they would not be at work. Note: Employees of the U. S. Postal Service are not considered
                     employees of the U. S. Government.
                    
                     You will be reimbursed for round-trip mileage from your home to the courthouse at a rate of 53.5¢ per
                     mile.
 
                     If you reside 60 miles or more (one-way) from the courthouse and overnight accommodations are
                     requested and approved by the Clerk of Court, a subsistence allowance of $51.00 per day for meals
                     will be reimbursed for each day of attendance.
                  
                     Jury checks are processed and sent to your mailing address as soon as  possible after the
                     completion of a session. Upon request, we will provide a Certificate of Attendance listing the date(s)
                     you reported and your attendance fee. Your mileage reimbursement and subsistence, if applicable,
                     are not listed because it is a direct reimbursement of your expenses and not recoverable by your
                     employer, nor should it be claimed for tax purposes.
 
                     A Form 1099 will be mailed to you by January 31 for the previous calendar year, if you earned $600.00
                     or more in attendance fees. If you earned less than $600.00, a statement will be mailed to you from
                     the court. Jury attendance fees are reportable on your Income Tax as miscellaneous income.
 
TRAVEL & HOTEL INFORMATION
 
                             If you reside 60 miles or more (one-way) from the courthouse and must travel the day before in
                      order to be here by the specified date and time, or if you must stay the night you are summoned
                      and reside 60 miles or more (one-way), hotel reservations will be made for you.
 
                      Please be sure to complete the Grand Jury Hotel Reservation Request Form (colored page)
                      included with your summons, if sending your information by mail or fax, to ensure that we have
                      enough rooms reserved. If completing using eJuror, you will be asked if reservations will be
                      necessary.
 
REQUESTING AN EXCUSE
 
                      Requests for excuse must be submitted in writing prior to your report date either by mail, email,
                      or eJuror. Letters for excuse submitted by your employer will NOT be accepted. Please do not wait
                      until you report to request an excuse. If you wait until you report to request an excuse and your request
                      is granted, you will not be paid an attendance fee or mileage reimbursement. Please include such
                      requests and/or additional information with your JIF for faster processing.
      
                      Once you are selected as a grand juror, partial/temporary excuses may be approved.
 
EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION
 
                      Under federal law, employers must allow their employees time off for jury service. An employee
                      cannot be punished by their employer in any way for jury service, as provided in statute 28 U.S.C. §
                      1875. At this time, there is no law requiring employers to pay you or at least make up the difference
                      when you serve on a jury. Please check with your employer to find out about their policy.
 
PARKING
 
                     The City of Fort Smith has authorized jurors to park in the Public Meter Parking Lot across from the
                     Fort Smith Convention Center in the 800 block of Rogers Ave (look for the green sign with white
                     lettering to identify the lot). You do not have to put money in the meter.
                     Do not park in the parking garage!
 
                     You may also park at any of the metered spaces on the streets near the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal
                     Building. If you park at a meter and receive a yellow parking meter violation notice, please bring it back
                     to the courthouse so that it can be voided.
 
                     You will be responsible for any traffic citations that you may receive for improper parking, such as
                     parking in a restricted space or in the parking garage.
 
                      When a large number of jurors report for service, parking may be a problem. Please leave home early
                      enough to allow time to find adequate parking.
 
MISCELLANEOUS COURTHOUSE INFORMATION
 
                      You should dress appropriately for the courtroom/grand jury room. Business casual is encouraged
                      such as; collared shirts, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Shorts, t-shirts, tank-tops, and flip-flops are NOT
                      appropriate. You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket, as the grand jury room can be chilly.
 
                      Refigerators and microwaves are available if you bring your lunch or snacks. Coffee and soft drinks
                      are provided for your refreshment.
 
                      There is a no smoking ploicy in the courthouse. Smokers will be allowed to step outside of the
                      courthouse during breaks.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
 
                       U. S. District Judges are:
 
                       Honorable P. K. Holmes, III, Chief District Judge - Fort Smith
                       Honorable Susan O. Hickey - El Dorado
                       Honorable Timothy L. Brooks - Fayetteville (Northwest Division)
                       Honorable Harry F. Barnes - El Dorado
 
                       U. S. Magistrate Judges are:
 
                       Honorable Barry A. Bryant, Chief Magistrate Judge - Texarkana
                       Honorable Erin L. Wiedemann - Fayetteville (Northwest Division)
                       Honorable Mark E. Ford - Fort Smith
                       Honorable James R. Marschewski - Fort Smith
 
Please send any and all paperwork to:
 
U. S. District Court
Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building
30 S. 6th Street, Room 307
Fort Smith, AR 72901-2437