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1. Read the summons: The address, date
and time of your appearance is written on
the summons you were mailed. You may
request to reschedule your jury service to a
more convenient time.
2. Inform your employer: Your employer
must allow you time off for jury duty.
Employers cannot discharge an employee
called for jury service as long as the
employee gives reasonable notice of the
3. Your day in court: Plan to attend court
as a juror from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The
time you are released will depend on the
court's schedule. Please dress
appropriately. Business casual is the
minimum dress standard for jurors. Shorts,
tank tops or bare feet are not permissible.
|500 South Denver, Tulsa OK 74103 | Phone: (918) 596-5000
The Importance of Jurors:
The right to a trial by jury is the privilege of every person in the United
States, whether or not that person is a citizen. Both the United States and
the Oklahoma State Constitutions guarantee this cherished right. Jury trials
cannot be held unless people - citizens of the state in which the trial is held -
are willing to perform their civic duty. Jurors are essential to the
administration of justice. Being on a jury is a rewarding experience, and your
participation is appreciated. This site has been designed to help you answer
any questions you may have regarding jury service.
Thank you for serving your community.
ATTENTION: The District Court of Tulsa County will never contact you to
request any personal information such as your Social Security number or
date of birth. Please be advised any requests for such information may be
related to phishing or identify theft.
Who can serve as a Juror:
All Tulsa County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they are under the age of 18, not
a citizen, and/or have been convicted of a felony and their civil rights have not been restored. Other persons not
qualified to serve as jurors are Justices of the Supreme Court or the Court of Civil Appeals, Judges of the Court of
Criminal Appeals or the district court, sheriffs or deputy sheriffs, licensed attorneys engaged in the practice of
law, and legislators during a session of the Legislature or when involved in state business. Jailers or law
enforcement officers, state or federal, are eligible to serve on noncriminal actions only.
Persons over 70 years of age and persons who have served on jury duty within the last two years are not
compelled to serve as jurors.
If you believe you are not qualified to serve as a juror, you can contact the Jury Clerk by telephone at
918-596-5529 or by mail at: Tulsa County Courthouse, 500 S. Denver, Room 637, Tulsa, OK 74103.
Rescheduling your jury service:
If you have not already rescheduled your jury service, you may request your service be rescheduled to a more
convenient time. You may reschedule your jury service to a date up to six (6) months from your summons date.
You may postpone your initial appearance for jury service one time only. You can contact the Jury Clerk by
telephone at 918-596-5529 or by mail at: Tulsa County Courthouse, 500 S. Denver, Room 637, Tulsa, OK 74103.
Subsequent requests to postpone jury service will be handled by a Judge on the day of your initial appearance.
Preparing for your jury service:
Juror Hours: Juror hours are 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. unless otherwise informed by court personnel. Please plan to
stay the entire day! We suggest you bring reading materials or small projects to pass the time while awaiting
assignment to a courtroom. Lunch Breaks: Jurors have at least one hour for lunch. There are several eating
establishments within easy walking distance. There is a snack bar located on the main floor of the courthouse as
well. Jurors may also bring a lunch. Jurors can also expect to find food, snack, and drink vending machines on
the main floor. Breaks are announced throughout the day.
Physically challenged jurors in wheelchairs may use the ramps located at the library level entrance. The
courthouse is a nonsmoking environment. ATM machines are available in the building.
Also, the Jury Assembly Room is now equipped with WIFI/wireless Internet access. Instructions for accessing
the unsecured network and log-in information is available on site. We hope this addition helps make your jury
service experience with us even more positive.
Attire: Business casual is the minimum dress standard for jurors. Because temperatures vary in courtrooms and
the assembly room, it is recommended to dress in layers. Shorts and tank tops are not appropriate.
Attendance: Jurors are to report to the Jury Assembly Room in the basement with their summons or deferral
card. Once selected, jurors go directly to the courtroom.
Failure to Appear:
A juror who is summoned and who willfully and without reasonable excuse fails to appear for jury service may be
found by the court to be in contempt and subject to penalties provided by law. If you failed to appear on the
date summoned, write to the Jury Clerk explaining the situation and include your Jury ID number. The address is
500 S. Denver, Room 637, Tulsa, OK 74103. You should receive a response within two weeks of receipt.
Delays in Jury Selection or Trial:
The most common complaint of jurors is the unexplained time apparently wasted during jury selection and trials.
What might appear to be a waste of time to you is actually time being used by the judge and attorneys working
on matters that must be done outside the presence of the jury. These events often arise unexpectedly and
cannot be planned for in advance. A case may settle just before a trial was to start which eliminates the need
for a jury to be assigned. This is unpredictable and unfortunately may negate the need for your services as a
juror. Your presence may have accelerated this result and without your knowledge, you will have played a vital
role in our legal system. Please be aware of these issues and bear with us as we all work to accomplish our goal
of achieving justice for all.
Returning from the Courts:
Once dismissed from a courtroom, you will be instructed to return to the Jury Assembly Room. Returning jurors
should check in at the counter and inform staff you have been released by the court. At this point, you may be
reassigned to another court. If there are no other trials that need jurors that day, you will be released from
Juror Pay and Reimbursement for Mileage:
Jurors will receive $20.00 per day plus mileage. Mileage is calculated from your home zip code to the
courthouse. The rate, which is currently $0.565 per mile, is set by the State.
Parking and Transportation Information:
Parking: Jurors will be reimbursed up to $1.50 per day for parking. Jurors may park at no cost in the Civic
Center Parkade located just east of Houston Avenue on West 3rd Street. A map showing the Civic Center
Parkade and the Tulsa County Courthouse is printed on your jury summons.
Alternative Transportation Options: For information about bus routes contact Tulsa Transit information at (918)
582-2100, or click here for the Tulsa Transit website.
On This Page
- The Importance of Jurors
- Who can serve as a Juror?
- Rescheduling your Jury Service
- Preparing for your Jury Service
- Failure to Appear
- Delays in Jury Selection or Trial
- Returning from the Courts
- Juror Pay and Reimbursement for Mileage