Jury duty is an essential element of the American judicial system. Trial by jury is provided
as a constitutional right and, therefore, jury duty is a privilege and responsibility of every
United States citizen. By Idaho state law, jurors are selected at random from a master list
generated in each county from driver's license and voter registration records.
Jurors may be called to serve in either the District Court or Magistrate Court in Kootenai
County. A District Court juror will be called to hear civil cases involving over $10,000.00 or
felony criminal cases. Magistrate Court jurors will hear civil cases involving less than
$10,000.00 or misdemeanor criminal cases.
The law affecting jury service is Idaho Code 2-201 through 2-221.
Kootenai County's Jury Commissioner is Pete Barnes.
WHEN YOU ARE CALLED TO SERVE
Notice of Jury Duty
When you receive a Jury Qualification Questionnaire for jury duty, you should fill it out and
return it immediately. If you would like to request a delay, also fill out the included Delay
A Jury Questionnaire form can be accessed here. This can be electronically filled and printed to sign
and mail to the Jury Commissioner.
You may save the completed form for your own records.
After printing and needed signatures applied, mail to:
Kootenai County Jury Commissioner
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-9000
The master list is a combination of eligible Kootenai County residents ages 18 and over. This
list is created primarily through driver's license and voter registration records as well as other
such lists as prescribed by Idaho Law.
A juror is not qualified to serve if the individual:
- is less than 18 years of age
- is not a citizen of the United States
- is not a resident of Kootenai County
- is not able to communicate in the English language
- has been convicted of a felony and is currently on probation or parole
Jury Commissioner's Office
Pete Barnes, Jury Commissioner
P: (208) 446-1767
F: (208) 446-1766
Physical Address: Click here for map.
324 W. Garden Ave
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Excuse or Postponement
All citizens of Idaho are required to serve on Jury Duty when called except when the prospective juror:
- has exceeded 70 years of age and declines to serve
- is permanently excused for medical reasons by a physician
In order to receive a permanent medical excuse or temporary medical delay, you must submit a signed Doctor's
Certificate (located on the bottom of the delay statement form). You may also receive a temporary medical delay
of 2 years for being a family caregiver by submitting a signed note from a doctor explaining your situation.
If you anticipate legitimate scheduling problems such as unusual work situations or vacation plans you may
delay your service for up to six months. If you are a nursing mother you may delay your service six months or
longer, if necessary. If you are seeking a delay, you must fill out the Delay Statement form and return it with
your completed questionnaire.
Summons are sent to prospective jurors approximately 1-3 months after the Jury Qualification Questionnaire has
been returned and 3 weeks before their assigned date of service. Barring extreme circumstances, once you have
received your summons and been assigned to a specific service date, you must appear for jury service on that date.
The day before your set service date you should call the Jury Commissioner's office, (208) 446-1767, and listen
to the recording to find out if and when you need to come in to serve. If your panel has been dismissed, you do not
need to come in and your jury service is considered complete. If your panel is still active, listen for the date
and time you need to be present at the Courthouse. This recording will be available every day at 4:00 pm until the
next morning at 9:00 am.
Length of Service
The term of service is one week. However, most jurors serve only 2-4 days. Some cases may extend beyond the
one-week term. In any case that goes into a second week the judge will give jurors the expected time frame for that
trial. The selected juror will serve on that specific case until it has been completed.
Juror information is considered confidential. It will not be released unless by order of the court in which the
juror has served on a trial.
TIME OF SERVICE
Jurors may park in the lot across from the Old Courthouse and Justice Building on Garden Ave.
Handicapped parking is available in the small parking lot immediately west of the Old Courthouse. Wheelchairs can
be accommodated in jury boxes. A system to aid hearing-impaired individuals is in place in each jury courtroom.
No Smoking Allowed
All court buildings are non-smoking facilities, and jurors are required to exit the building for smoking breaks.
Serving jurors will be accompanied by their bailiff for smoke breaks.
Orientation and Day 1
Jury service for Kootenai County is on an on-call basis for a one-week term. The first day of service includes an
orientation beginning normally at 8:30 am. Information regarding jury duty will be provided through a film and other
introductory remarks. Selection of jurors for the trial begins after orientation. Jurors are instructed to call the
Jury Commissioner's office each night after 4:00 pm for the rest of their term of service to determine which days
they need to report for selection again.
Court sessions generally run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (excluding orientation day). A jury in deliberation may go
well into the evening hours. There are daily one-hour breaks for lunch, and usually a break each morning and each
Delay in Process
There are time delays in court sessions, so you should be prepared to wait. If we know about delays, we will keep
you informed. You may wish to bring a book or other reading material to read during those breaks. However, the courts
request that jurors neither listen to nor read any media publications or accounts regarding any court cases.
AFTER YOU HAVE SERVED
Jurors shall be paid $10.00 per day of actual court attendance. $5.00 shall be paid for 4 hours or less of actual
court attendance. A mileage rate is also payable. This rate is prescribed by the Kootenai County Commissioners and
can vary from year to year. Payment is for travel performed from place of residence in Kootenai County to the
Courthouse and return. Payment for both juror per diem fees and mileage fees will be mailed following completion of
service. A check should be expected within 3 weeks of service.
Some places of employment pay regular wages while an individual is serving on jury duty. This is NOT a requirement,
however, and the decision to pay wages is entirely up to the business. If an employer does pay during absence due to
jury duty, they will normally require that you give them your jury check upon receipt. Jurors may need to check with
their employer to see if their business reimburses wages while they are absent for jury duty.
Sometimes there are complications with receiving jury pay, such as incorrect address, inability to deliver mail, or
lost checks. If jury payment has not been received within 5 weeks from the date of service, the juror should call the
Jury Commissioner's office: (208) 446-1767.
Verification for Work
Employment verification for days served are available, upon request, through the Jury Commissioner's office. Employers
often expect that jurors return to work in the event of early release from jury service on any given day. Make sure you
check your employer's policy, as verification cannot be provided except for time actually spent at the courthouse.
Excused from Service for at Least Two Years
Once you have been assigned to a panel, whether or not you are required to actually come to the Courthouse and serve,
you are excused from jury service for at least two years. After two years your name will be returned to the master list
from which jurors are selected at random. If you feel that you have been called to serve less than two years after a
previous service date, please mail in a note with your questionnaire asking to have your juror history researched.