Jury duty questionnaires are mailed out to perspective jurors in July of each year. The term begins October 1st of each year and ends September 30th of the following year. If you have received a jury duty questionnaire from Helena Municipal Court you must fill out the questionnaire and return it to Helena Municipal Court, 228 Broadway Ave., Helena, MT, 59601 within 7 days from the date of receipt of the questionnaire. Failure to return the questionnaire could result in a contempt of court charge being filed against you.
If you have received a jury duty questionnaire in the mail from Helena Municipal Court for the 2019-2020 jury service, you may click on the link below and fill out and send your questionnaire electronically. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your questionnaire.
Click here: https://lcchelenamt.seamlessdocs.com/f/MCJuryQuest
If for any reason you are requesting to be excused from jury duty with Helena Municipal Court due to undue hardship it may cause you, you must fill out the Affidavit for Excuse on the reverse side of the questionnaire and return it to Helena Municipal Court within 7 days from the date of receipt of the questionnaire. Upon receipt of the Affidavit for Excuse the judge will review your affidavit and either approve or deny your request to be excused from jury duty with Helena Municipal Court. If you do not receive confirmation you have not been excused from jury duty and must appear when summoned for jury duty.
Montana law provides: “A juror must not be excused by a court for a slight or trivial cause or for hardship or inconvenience to his business but only when material injury or destruction to his property or to property entrusted to him/her is threatened or when his/her own health or the sickness or death of a member of his/her family requires his absence.”