|Status of Jury Trials|
This site should be viewed after 5:30 p.m. on the day prior to your jury service report date. Trials can be cancelled days or minutes prior to their scheduled date/time, so you should visit this site regularly to obtain timely information regarding the status of a trial. You may also obtain status information by calling the Clerk of Court’s office at 1-800-273-2666.
|Petit Jury||Elizabeth A. Engolio||6/19/2023||12:00pm||Pending|
|Petit Jury||Alvin Batiste, Jr.||6/20/2023||9:00am||Pending|
As a resident of Iberville Parish, you may receive a summons to serve as a juror for the 18th Judicial District Court. The summons will provide details about when you must appear. When you appear on the date specified in the summons, you will be placed in a pool or group of prospective jurors from which you may be randomly selected to serve as a juror.
There are three types of juries that serve the 18th Judicial District Court:
1. Grand juries are selected in March and September of each year. Grand jury panels serve a six-month term and are called at the discretion of the District Attorney.
2. Petit juries are selected each month. Petit jury panels decide the guilt or innocence of a defendant charged with a criminal offense.
3. Civil juries are selected as needed. Civil jury panels decide which party the law favors in a dispute between two or more individuals or businesses.
Once you reach the age of 70, you may claim a personal exemption from jury service prior to the jury service date. You may claim the exemption by filling out the form at the bottom of this page or by calling the Clerk of Court at 225-687-5160.
Note: Check your Jury Subpoena or Summons to make sure your name and address are correct. If changes are needed, please notify the Jury Commission Office within the Clerk of Court's office.
Thank you for your valued service as an 18th Judicial District Court Juror.
- Proper Attire/Electronic Devices: The following clothing items are not acceptable for jurors: shorts, tank tops, baseball caps, or hats. Cell phones, tablets, and pagers are not allowed in the courtroom.
- Payment of Jurors: Jurors will be paid $25.00 per day and 16 cents per mile for petit/grand juries and $50.00 per day and 57 cents per mile for civil juries for jurors traveling from outside of Plaquemine. Checks will be mailed to the address on your subpoena.
- Jury Cancellations: Many times, a civil or criminal (petit) jury is summoned to serve, but the case cancels or settles just before the summons date leaving the Clerk’s Office without time to notify its prospective jurors. For this reason, there is a number on each summons (1-800-273-2666) that prospective jurors should call the night before they are to appear. Callers will reach a recording with information pertaining to their jury service date.
- Facilities: There are public restrooms in the lobby of all three floors of the courthouse. There is an ATM machine on the second floor of the courthouse. Smoking is not prohibited inside the Iberville Parish Courthouse.
- Excuses: Anyone wishing to be excused from jury service must provide a valid excuse in letter form to the Jury Commission Office, at P.O. Box 362, Plaquemine, LA 70765-0362 or via email at email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, address, the date of your jury service, your phone number, and the name of the Judge you’ve been summoned to appear before. Any medical excuses can be faxed directly from your doctor’s office to the Clerk’s office at 225-687-5260. Please attention your requests to the Jury Commission Office. We will present your excuse to the proper Judge. Only the Judge can excuse a prospective juror.
|Juror Over 70 Exemption Request Form|
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|Qualifications of a Juror|
Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedures Title XI Article 401 lists the qualifications of a juror. Those qualifications state to serve as a juror, a person must:
- Be a citizen of the United States and of the state of Louisiana who has resided within Iberville Parish for at least one year immediately preceding his or her jury service.
- Be able to read, write, and speak the English language and be possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language.
- Not be under indictment, incarcerated under an order of imprisonment, or on probation or parole for a felony offense within the five-year period immediately preceding the person’s jury service.
Pursuant to the Louisiana Constitution, 5:33(B), persons 70 years of age and older may claim an exemption from jury duty if they are summoned and do not wish to serve.