Jurors are called upon to try two types of cases – Civil and Criminal. A juror will not know which type of case they will be serving on and it may change from one day to the next.
Civil cases are usually disputes between two or more parties concerning monies, damages for injuries, or property. Criminal cases are filed in the name of the State of Mississippi on an indictment returned by the Grand Jury charging that person, or persons, called defendants, committed the particular crime. Because crime is a violation of the laws of the State, there are laws which provide specific punishment for the guilty.
Once you are called upon to serve, you must call the night before (after 6:00 pm) you are summoned to court and each night thereafter.
Circuit Court Jury Duty: (662) 624-3022
To be a Juror, you must meet the following qualifications:
- 21 years of age or older
- Can read and write
- Not a convicted felon, habitual drunkard, or common gambler
- Has not been convicted of the illegal sale of (or does not have interest in) alcoholic beverages in the last five years
- Does not have a case pending in this court
Prospective Jurors names are drawn at random, from the Voter’s Jury Wheel. Therefore, an individual may never be called to serve and others may be called several times. All citizens are obligated to take part in seeing that justice is done and our form of government “by the people” is to endure.
A juror is paid $25 per day and mileage, if juror resides in the county. The Circuit Clerk keeps a daily record of the jurors who serve.