Jury Duty

Welcome to jury duty in Clark County!

 

Civil Duty

Jury trials are a cornerstone of the justice system and a vitally important civic duty. Jury trials have been an important part of the American legal system for over two centuries. They are an integral part of the law, which protects the fundamental rights of all citizens. Service as a juror is both a privilege and a duty and, when conscientiously performed, is a mark of good citizenship. Most jury trials have 12-person juries with one-two alternate jurors; other trials utilize a six-person jury.

Responsibilities

If you have been summoned to appear for jury duty to serve in Clark County Courts, your jury term is for one week or one trial. Many trials resolve within the week, but some go longer. You must be available for the entire week of your jury term date.

Your job as a juror is to listen to all the evidence at trial, then "decide the facts." The judge’s job is to decide the law and make decisions on legal issues that come up during the trial. Jurors do not need any special skills or legal knowledge, but like any other judge you need to be able to set aside personal feelings and biases and be willing to keep an open mind before making a decision. A fair and impartial trial and the rendition of a just verdict depends upon the combined efforts of the jurors, the judge, and the lawyers.

Once selected to serve on a trial, the Court is counting on each juror to be there every day until a verdict is reached and the judge releases you. Once you are assigned to a courtroom you must not discuss the case with anyone. You must not research the laws, history of the case, blog, or post on any form of social media as doing so could lead to a mistrial.

Complete Your Questionnaire

Prior to your service, if you have access to the Internet, please remember to complete the Questionnaire on line. You may also complete the questions at the bottom of your summons and mail to Jury Administration.

Clark County Courts

There is a total of 16 Judges trying cases in Clark County's Superior and District Courts.

Superior Court

Jurors in the Superior Court may serve on civil or criminal (felony) cases. No juvenile or domestic cases are decided by jury in Superior Court.

District Court

District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and hears certain civil and criminal cases such as misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and domestic violence trials.

ADA Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act dictates that the Court must make reasonable accommodations for those who need assistance. If you believe you will need assistance while serving, please review the ADA Accommodations page and make a request. Courthouse handicap parking is available at the 11th & Harney jury parking lot, 13th Street between the Courthouse and the Public Service Center, and the Sheriff's Building parking lot.