Who is qualified to serve as a juror?
A person is deemed qualified to serve as a juror UNLESS the person:
- is not a United States citizen;
- is not 18 years of age or older;
- has not resided in the Northern District of Iowa for the past year;
- is unable to read, write, speak or understand the English language;
- is incapable, because of mental or physical infirmity, to render satisfactory jury service; or
- has a charge pending for the commission of, or has been convicted in a state or federal court of record of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and whose civil rights have not been restored.
Who is exempt from jury service?
- Members in the Armed Forces of the United States who are on active duty;
- Members of any governmental police or fire department (not including volunteer or non-governmental departments); or
- Elected public officials of the federal, state or local government, who are actively engaged in the full-time performance of public duties; or persons directly appointed by an elected official.
Who may be excused from jury service?
Upon written request, individuals may be excused for the following reasons:
- Over age 70;
- Persons who have served as a federal juror within the last 2 years; or
- A person who serves without compensation as a volunteer firefighter or member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew for a federal, state or local government agency.
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