The calendar year for the Lafayette County Judiciary is divided into two terms. The beginning days of each term are January 1st and July 1st. The terms help organize the management of petit jury selection which is done through an automated process. In this process, the State of Missouri has established a master list to which names drawn from the Director of Revenue driver’s list, the Missouri Voter’s Registration List and the county’s personal property tax list have been added. It is from this master list that a determined number of names are selected and to whom questionnaires are issued. Once the questionnaires are received, the Board of Jury Commissioners reviews each of them for qualification purposes.
For cases utilizing the privilege of a trial by jury, a jury pool is created from the questionnaire group. The selected names are issued a summons that details the time, date and place of their requested appearance. As the information on the summons indicates, you are encouraged to call 660-259-6101 after 6:00 PM the night before the appearance date to get up-to-date information about the trial’s status, or view the information as updated on this page. For those jurors who have provided e-mail addresses, you can expect to receive a status update by e-mail as well.
Lafayette County has had a standing Grand Jury since 1996. Those individuals selected as members of each grand jury can expect to serve a six-month term beginning either January 1st or July 1st of each year and will generally serve one day each month. Grand jurors are entitled to receive $18.00 for each day of service and $0.26 per mile.
NEW JURY TRIAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES
If you are a juror who has been summoned to appear for jury duty on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017, please be advised THE JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN CANCELED. You WILL NOT need to report to the LAFAYETTE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1001 MAIN ST., Lexington, MO, on WEDNESDAY, February 1st, 2017 by 8:30 AM. Please call 660-259-6101 after 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 or review this message to receive additional updates as to the status of this matter.