Importance of Jury Duty
Our Constitution calls for the protection of life, liberty, and
property by the government of the United States. The Judicial
Branch of government exists in order to protect these rights. After
a conflict occurs, the Judicial Branch ensures that such conflict
is settled peaceably and justly. It is your service as a juror that
furthers this endeavor.
"I've been selected for jury duty, what do I
Jury duty at the Tulsa Municipal Court usually lasts the length of
one trial, normally 1 day.
Please call the jury line at (918) 596-7795 after 5 p.m. the day
before your scheduled service date. A pre-recorded message will
tell you if you are to report, if you have been placed on stand-by,
excused, or if you have been reassigned.
For your convenience, the recording is in operation between the
hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
If you must report for jury duty, please arrive at the court
promptly at the designated time. Late arrivals are subject to
rescheduling without pay. Failure to appear or notify the court may
result in your being fined $100 for contempt of court. Further,
please do not bring children, relatives, or friends with you on the
day you report for jury duty.
The laws of the State of Oklahoma provide that citizens of the
United States, residing in this state, having the qualifications of
electors of this state, who are of sound mind and discretion and of
good moral character are competent to serve on all grand and petit
juries within their counties; provided that:
The Following persons are not qualified to serve as
Justice of the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals;
Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals or the District
Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs;
Jailers or law enforcement officers, state or federal, having
custody of prisoners;
Licensed attorneys engaged in the practice of law;
Legislators during session of the Legislature or involved in
Persons who have been convicted of any felony or 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 civil rights, shall be eligible to
serve as a juror; and
- Persons NO LONGER residing within
Tulsa City Limits
Persons over 70 years of age and persons who have served as a
grand juror or petit juror during the last two (2) immediately
preceding calendar years shall not be compelled to serve as
What to wear for jury duty
Attire should reflect the dignity and professionalism of the Court.
Business casual clothing is preferred. Please refrain from wearing
shorts, tank tops, sweats, and t-shirts with any printed
The People Involved in the Trial
The Judge sits at the front of the court and controls proceedings.
He or she controls the trial and decides questions of law, rules on
objections, and instructs the jury on the law.
The Parties will be present with their counsel.
The Deputy Court Clerk sits at the front of the court,
immediately below the judge. He or she swears in the jury and
calls the name of the prospective jurors.
Attorneys, also known as counsel, are present to argue the case
for their client. The defendant's counsel is the defense
attorney. The City's attorney is the prosecutor.
Court Reporters ensure all proceedings are accurately recorded.
The Municipal Criminal Court of Tulsa is a court of record and
requires the stenographer to record everything. This record may be
used if the case goes to appeal. Generally, no transcript of the
proceedings will be immediately available for review by the
The Trial Process Opening Statements
After the jury is sworn, opening statements may be made by each
party. The opening statement is a road map of what the attorney
expects the evidence will be in the trial to prove their claim.
Anything that tends to prove or disprove a claim about the facts is
called evidence. Evidence may be something in writing, or it may be
an article such as a photo or the like; in which case it si called
an exhibity. Evidence may also be the statement of a person, in
which case it is called testimony.
Examination of Witnesses
A lawyer who has called his or her witness proceeds with direct
examination. In so doing, the lawyer asks question to bring out the
facts he or she wishes to show. The lawyers may make
objections to the questions asked of a witness. The Judge may rule
on any objection by sustaining the objection, which means that the
question cannot be answered. If the question is proper, the
objection is overruled, and the answer is given. When the direct
examination is finished, the lawyer on the other side may
cross-examine by asking questions. When cross is finished, the
first lawyer may ask questions on redirect examination to clear up
points on cross examination. Each juror should pay close attention
to the witness who is testifying. If you can not hear plainly, do
not hesitate to interrupt and let the Judge know you cannot
Resting the Case
When the plaintiff has put in all its evidence, the plaintiff will
rest its case. When the defendant is through, he also rests.
The Judge will give you the instructions that state the law to
apply to the case.
After all the evidence has been given, each lawyer will make an
argument to the jury, giving the reasons why he or she thinks they
Arriving At A Verdict
The Judge will conclude the proceedings by giving a charge to the
jury. The Judge will state the points of law that related to the
issues in the case and explain the procedures in reaching a
verdict. The jurors must decide the case in accordance with the
Judge's interpretation of the law.
Following the Judge's charge, the jury will retire to a private
room for deliberation. They will first elect a foreman to
preside over the deliberations and present the verdict to the
court. The jurors will then discuss and evaluate the
evidence. All jurors should have the opportunity to express
ideas and opinions on the case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I tell anyone I have jury duty?
It should never be a problem to tell others you have jury duty if
you wish to do so. The Court will not release your name or
Can I have someone serve in my place?
A jury summons cannot be transferred to anyone else. Please
understand if you do not attend cour, the judge may issue a warrant
for you arrest. You may be held in contempt if:
You ignore the summons; You leave during jury service without
permission from the Court;You arrive unfil for jury service because
of your use of alcohol or drugs; or You arrive unfit for jury
service because of inappropriate dress.
How long do I have to serve?
You are scheduled to serve for one day. However, the judges are
very conscious of your time and do not want you to remain at the
courthouse unnecessarily. Every effort is made to get jurors seated
for trials as quickly as possible. As soon as a determination is
made that no more jurors are needed for any trials, the Court will
authorize your release.
Does my employer have to pay me while I am serving as a
Oklahoma law does not require your employer to pay you during your
jury service. Many employers, however, do support jury
service with paid benefits; so be sure to ask your employer if any
options are available. Many jurors choose to take paid time off or
vacation when their employer does not provide paid jury leave.
Where do I go for jury duty?
You should report to the Jury Assembly Room located on the 2nd
floor of the Police/Courts Building at 600 Civic Center.
Your Jury Service is essential!
You cannot be dismissed from your job or disciplined for serving
as a juror.
If you are a student, your school cannot take any adverse
academic action against you for serving as a juror.
Terms of Service
Jurors who are chosen for jury duty receive $20 per each day of
service, plus a one-way mileage fee of .55 cents per mile for each
mile driven from the address on record with the Department of
Public Safety. Payment is mailed to the address on your summons and
you should receive it within four weeks of your service.
Jurors should park in the Free parking provided at the Civic
Center Parkade, 500 West 3rd Street, which is located approximately
one block east of 3rd and Houston Avenue. Please identify yourself
as a Municipal Court Juror and show your summons to the parking
The City of Tulsa Municipal Court is committed to providing
accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). If you have any special needs or accommodations, please
contact the Municipal Court at (918) 596-7794, prior to the date
you are summoned to appear.
Everyone who enters the court must pass through a metal detector
and may be subject to a search. Purses, briefcases, and the like
must be passed through the X-ray machine as well. Weapons, which
include everything from pocketknives to personal protection
devices, are strictly prohibited in the Court.
If you are unavailable to report for jury duty on the date you
were summoned, you may request a postponement by writing a short
factual summary of the details on the reverse side of your summons
and return it by mail. Since by law each jury panel must be
randomly selected, we are not able to honor a request to delay your
service to a later date. You must report the day for service unless
notified by the Jury clerk that you have been determined to be
disqualified or have been excused or dismissed by the telephone