How are trial juries selected?
When a judge is ready for a jury, his or her Court Security Officer requests the Assembly Room Clerk to use the computer to randomly select the number of jurors they need from those available in the Assembly Room. After the panel is selected and reports to a courtroom, a process known as voir dire begins. During voir dire, the judge and possibly the attorneys will ask you questions to see if you can keep an open mind and be fair. To be challenged is no reflection on the juror's integrity or usefulness.

After you have been questioned, you will either be selected or excused for that particular case. If you are selected, you and the other selected jurors will receive instructions from the judge as to what is expected of you. If you are not selected, you will return to the jury room and may be sent to another courtroom with another panel.

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1. Who may serve?
2. How was I selected?
3. Why is jury service important?
4. Who is entitled to a jury trial?
5. What are my duties as a juror?
6. How long does jury service usually last if I am selected?
7. Will I be paid for Jury Duty?
8. What if I have an emergency during Jury Duty?
9. How are trial juries selected?
10. Why are there delays in the jury process?
11. Will I have to stay overnight?
12. What is the difference between a Grand Jury and a Petit Jury?
13. I do not know the law, how can I be a juror?
14. What is the definition of a civil case?
15. What is the definition of a criminal case?
16. How is a jury chosen?
17. I recently moved out of the County, but I haven’t had a chance to turn in my driver’s license or voter registration card. Can I still serve?
18. What is the difference between deferred, disqualified and excused?
19. I have a prior felony conviction. Can I still serve?
20. Is there a quiet room without televisions where I can get some work done?
21. What should I wear?
22. Does the Court provide child care?
23. Can I use my cellular phone? How about a laptop computer?
24. I may have trouble hearing the proceedings in the courtroom. What should I do?
25. Where can I store my personal belongings?
26. Where can I get proof of my service to take to my employer?
27. How will I get paid during my service?
28. What if I am selected for a trial and then experience an emergency that prevents me from coming to the courthouse?
29. What time is lunch?
30. What normally happens the day my Jury Service begins?
31. How can I be excused from jury service?
32. What is the Juror Information Systems?
33. What laws govern the Jury System in Illinois?