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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Court Rules - Administration of the Court - Jury Services

I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE COURT

ARTICLE 4: JURY SERVICES

4.01 JURORS: SELECTION AND TERMS OF SERVICE

All matters pertaining to the selection of jurors and terms of jury service shall be governed by administrative order.

4.02 FAILURE TO RESPOND TO JURY SUMMONS

(a) Whenever a person lawfully summoned to jury duty has failed to appear and has failed to provide a reasonable and timely excuse, the Jury Commission shall defer such person's jury duty to approximately thirty (30) days from the original date of service and issue a notice by first-class mail advising the person of the delinquency and deferral.

(b) At such time as the services of a previously delinquent prospective juror are required, but not less than thirty (30) days from the original date of service, the Jury Commission shall cause to be issued a second summons, in accordance with established procedures.

(c) If a juror lawfully summoned to jury duty fails to appear, the jury commissioners may, at their discretion, issue a notice to said person directing said person to appear before them for a hearing at a date and time as the commissioners may determine. Such notice will inform the person of the jury commissioners' intent to file a Petition for a Rule to Show Cause with the Chief Judge upon failure to appear. Notice of any such hearing shall be delivered by certified return receipt requested mail.

(d) At said hearing, the jury commissioners shall take testimony from delinquents and may, at their discretion, excuse a person from jury duty, defer the jury duty to a later date or file a Petition for a Rule to Show Cause for contempt of court with the Chief Judge pursuant to 705 ILCS 305/15.

(e) If a person fails to appear for the scheduled hearing, a Petition for a Rule to Show Cause shall be filed with the Chief Judge.

(f) The jury commissioners shall state in the Petition for a Rule to Show Cause the name of each delinquent juror against whom a Rule to Show Cause is requested, together with the delinquent juror's address and the dates of jury service upon which the person failed to appear.

(g) The Chief Judge or the Chief Judge's designate shall have a Rule to Show Cause prepared against each person so named and shall cause it to be served personally by the Sheriff, by certified mail or by other means of delivery permissible by statute as the Court may direct.

(h) Hearing:

    (1)If the person against whom the Rule to Show Cause is drawn appears, a hearing shall take place before the Chief Judge or the Chief Judge's designate to determine if said person is in contempt of court;

    (2)Failing to appear before the Chief Judge or the Chief Judge's designate in response to the service of the Rule to Show Cause may result in a finding of contempt and the issuance of a warrant;

    (3)In the event that the Court enters a finding of contempt, it shall then enter a sentence which it deems appropriate.

4.03 COMPENSATION OF JURORS

(a) All prospective and impaneled grand and petit jurors shall be compensated from the DuPage Treasury for per diem services and travel expenses, in accordance with 55 ILCS 5/4-11001. The rate of per diem and mileage shall be determined by the County Board.

(b) Approximately once each week, a list of jurors shall be submitted to the County Treasurer, indicating in itemized format the amount to be paid to each juror for per diem fees and travel expenses. Upon receipt of such a list, the treasurer shall issue appropriate checks. The stub of each check shall certify the number of days served by the juror.

4.04 JURY SERVICES AT CORONER'S INQUEST

Jury services for inquests of the DuPage County Coroner shall be provided by the Office of the Coroner, according to such rules and procedures as the Coroner deems appropriate.

4.05 JURY COMMISSION

(a) The Office of the Jury Commission shall consist of three (3) Commissioners appointed in accordance with 705 ILCS 310/1. The Office of the Jury Commission also shall consist of the Administrator, and such clerks and assistants as the Jury Commissioners deem necessary and appropriate with the approval of the Chief Judge.

(b) The Chief Judge or the Chief Judge's designate shall review all fiscal claims against the accounts of the Jury Commission for goods and services as to their necessity and propriety. Each such claim must bear the signature of the Chief Judge or the Chief Judge's designate before disbursement is made by the County Treasurer.