The right of every citizen to a trial by jury is one of the most important American liberties. No such trial is possible without jurors. Jury service is a privilege and a duty to one's fellow citizens.
Colorado law makes jury service as convenient as possible for the majority of our citizens. The Colorado Springs Municipal Court uses a One-Day / One-Trial jury system. Jurors serve for only a single day, or the duration of a single trial. On the average, jurors can expect to be at the court between 4-5 hours.
Because this minimizes the inconvenience a citizen experiences to serve on a jury, the court rarely excuses jurors from service. If the prospective jury service date conflicts with an existing appointment, however, the jury commissioner will work with a juror to select a mutually agreeable date for service.
Citizens are selected for jury service in this court randomly by a computer. The sources used are the list of registered voters and the list of licensed drivers. Our master list of jurors is created at the State Court Administrator's Office in Denver.
Some individuals seem to receive juror summonses on a regular basis. Different courts are independent of each other and citizens may be called to serve as jurors in each. Residents of the City of Colorado Springs are subject to be called for jury service in the U.S. District Court and the courts of the state's Fourth Judicial District as well as this court. Citizens are not subject to serve more than one time per calendar year.
To serve as a juror in this court, one must live within the city limits of Colorado Springs, be a citizen of the United States of America, be at least 18 years of age and be able to understand the English language.
Citizens summoned to municipal court as jurors each receive a jury summons and questionnaire in the mail. The questions on the questionnaire are dictated by state statute; the attorneys in each case use the answers provided to select the final members of each jury panel. The jury summons contains general information about jury service. The jury summons also contains a jury group number, which is used by the court to adjust the number of jurors needed. Specific appearance instructions for each group are recorded the night before jury service and are available by calling (719) 385-5926 after 5:00 P.M. Be sure to call!
Free juror parking is located in the parking garage at the Southwest corner of Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue. Entrance is obtained from Kiowa Street, which is a one-way street heading east. Parking is permitted in any space not marked Reserved or Handicapped. Bring the parking garage stub with you and present it to the clerk for validation when you check in. The validation assures jurors of free parking while on jury duty. Jurors should report to the jury assembly room (Room 120) upon arrival at the Robert M. Isaac Municipal Court building.
There are times when the mere presence of jurors in the courthouse causes litigants to settle their cases, thus, jury service is beneficial to the justice system even when citizens don't actually serve on a trial jury. The Colorado Springs Municipal Court is grateful for the citizens who participate in the administration of justice and thanks them for their service. You may find the following information helpful.
Jurors may reach Tammy Cluver, jury commissioner, by telephone or e-mail. You may:
- call (719) 385-5926, or if there is no answer, you may leave a message. These messages are checked daily for your convenience, or
- contact the main operator at (719) 385-5928.