Jury Duty

District Court Clerk Marilyn William’s office prepares and issues about 5,000 jury summons each year except for July when no jury trials are held. Names are selected at random from the list of licensed drivers or persons holding a current state identification document. Thank you for your service. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate you doing your civic duty.

Enter the courthouse through the west entrance – 201 S. Jones Ave., Norman, OK 73069

Jury Parking

Parking is available in the lot north of the courthouse on Comanche Street. Additional parking is available west of court house at the Cleveland County Wellness Square (The Well) 210 S. James Garner Ave., Norman, OK 73069.

Note: Please do not park at meters as you will not be available to put money in them throughout the day.

 When you receive a Juror Summons

 Your Juror Summons will identify the date and time you must appear. The Jury Clerk telephone number is 405-366-0656. Please call the evening before your jury service if reporting at 8:30 a.m. prior to coming in to make sure there are no changes. If you have been ordered to report at 1:30 p.m., you need to call after 10 a.m. to check for any updates, this is left on a message.

Excused or Deferred

If  you have compelling reasons that justify being excused or deferred from jury duty, contact the Jury Clerk ahead of time at 405-366-0656, no later than the Friday prior to the Monday on which your jury duty is scheduled to begin. This includes anyone who is 70 years of age or more and wishes to be excused from jury service. Anyone under the age of 70 asking to be excused will need to send documentation for the Chief Judge to review and make a ruling.  If you appear for the Juror Summons and are excused or deferred that day, you will not be paid, so please check with the Jury Clerk ahead of time. 

Clearing Security & Check-in

For those responding to the Juror Summons, enter through the west door of the courthouse. You will have to go through security. Prohibited items include weapons of any kind; knives of any size; chemical sprays; laser pointers; firearms and ammunition. Judicial Deputies may also prohibit possession of any other items or materials deemed dangerous or otherwise inappropriate. Check-in is in the basement on the east side of the Cleveland County Courthouse. No food or drink is allowed.
 
Appropriate Court attire is required

Jurors should dress comfortably and in good taste, keeping in mind the dignity of the courtroom and the seriousness of the matters to be decided. Shorts, tank tops and flip-flops are not permitted. The normal period of jury service is usually two to three days, but may last longer. Plan to be there at least Monday and Tuesday. NOTE: Ask your employer what its policy is on juror pay.

Who Can Be A Juror

Oklahoma law states that all citizens of the United States residing in this state, having the qualifications of electors of this state, are competent jurors to serve on all grand and petit juries within their counties; provided, that persons over 70 years of age and persons who have served as a grand or petit juror during the last five immediately preceding calendar years shall not be compelled to serve as jurors in this state, and the court may excuse or discharge any juror drawn and summoned as a grand or petit juror if jury service would result in substantial hardship to the prospective juror.

Who Can NOT Be A Juror

Persons who are NOT qualified to serve as jurors are:

  • Jailers or law enforcement officers, state or federal, having custody of prisoners are eligible for civil trials only
  • Judges of the Court of Civil Appeals
  • Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals or the District Court
  • Justices of the Supreme Court
  • Legislators during session of the Legislature or involved in state business
  • Licensed attorneys engaged in the practice of law
  • Persons who have been convicted of any felony, or who have served a term of imprisonment in any penitentiary, state or federal, for the commission of a felony; provided, any such citizen convicted, who has been fully restored to his or her civil rights, shall be eligible to serve as a juror.
  • Sheriff or deputy sheriffs