PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW
REGARDING YOUR JURY SERVICE QUESTIONNAIRE
AND POTENTIAL JURY DUTY.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your concerns regarding serving on a jury are justified. Please know that our Court has and will continue to take affirmative steps to ensure your safety.
Jury trials have resumed at the Court’s new location, 406 Fuller, the new courtroom allows for increased spacing between potential jurors and all the parties. Masks can still be worn if an individual is concerned.
If you ask for an excusal from jury service due to you or a family member being in the “high risk” category in accordance to the CDC guidelines, you must complete the enclosed affidavit of hardship and return to court as soon as possible and I will evaluate your excusal request.
I understand the valid apprehensions of serving on a jury at this time, but we must maintain our justice system and its crucial role in the City of Helena.
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to having you serve on the incoming jury panel. We hope to make this a pleasant, educational and rewarding experience for all called to serve.
Municipal Court Judge
JURY DUTY QUESTIONNAIRE INFORMATION:
NOTICE OF JURY SERVICE 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 NOTICE OF JURY SERVICE from Helena Municipal Court you must fill out the questionnaire online and submit it to Helena Municipal Court within 7 days from the date of receipt of the NOTICE. Failure to fill out the questionnaire online and submit could result in a contempt of court charge being filed against you.
If you have received a NOTICE OF JURY SERVICE in the mail from Helena Municipal Court, 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. To request a paper questionnaire or for more information regarding jury service please call 406-447-8466 ext.1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 included with the questionnaire and submit it to Helena Municipal Court within 7 days from the date of receipt of the NOTICE OF SERVICE. 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.”