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Jury Service General Information
Complete your online jury qualification/questionnaire at this website: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov
Citizens are often called upon to serve as jurors:
Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice and jury service is considered to be a high duty of citizenship.
Jurors are selected to serve based upon voter registration, driver’s license information and income tax filers. This information is maintained on a central computer database at the General Services Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon order of the court, names are selected by computer from this database. This computer is programmed so that names are selected at random; therefore, there is no discrimination that may be exercised.
No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, economic status or occupation.
The juror qualification/questionnaire that you are being asked to fill out is essential and saves time when the jury trial panels are selected.
If summoned to serve as a juror, we urge that you serve. Besides, you might enjoy it. Most jurors tell us they do.
Every SUMMONS TO JURY SERVICE must have a completed Questionnaire and Qualification submission –
please submit online at: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov (If you do not have internet access, there are kiosks/computers available at the court you were summoned to.)
REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION:
- You MUST be a RESIDENT of the County for which you are summoned in order to serve; if you DO NOT LIVE in the County for which you were summoned, please provide proof of residency in the form of: valid driver’s license, identification card, or voter registration card reflecting your current address.
- You MUST be a United States citizen in order to serve; if you are not a U.S. citizen, please provide: current visa, passport, green card, or other legal documents that indicate that the juror is not a U.S. citizen
- You MUST be 18 years of age or older
- A person who was convicted of a felony and who meets all other requirements for eligibility may be summoned for jury service if the person has successfully completed all conditions of the sentence imposed for the felony, including conditions for probation or parole.
- If you have served on jury duty in Federal or State court in the last 3 years (36 months) you may request an exemption.
- If you are 75 years of age of older you may request an exemption
REQUEST FOR EXCUSAL:
If you have an extreme mental, physical, or financial hardship you may request an excusal from jury service:
- ALL MEDICAL EXCUSAL REQUESTS must have appropriate supporting documentation: If requesting excusal for medical reasons, please provide a completed Request for Medical Excuse Form, or a doctor’s letter –currently dated, signed and on healthcare-provider letterhead
- If you are requesting an excusal due to a financial hardship please submit a letter to the court.
REQUEST FOR POSTPONEMENT:
- Postponements may be available: If the date scheduled for your jury service will create a severe hardship for you, you may request a postponement. If granted postponement, when you receive your new summons you will need to again respond by updating your Qualification submission and will be expected to serve at that time.
- Please do NOT wait until you are scheduled to appear to request needed time off. Please submit in advance, your request for “excusal dates” during your jury service term via: https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov, or via email, fax, or general mail. Please include your name, juror id#, reason for excusal, and dates.
ALL DOCUMENTATION AND REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTION, EXCUSAL OR POSTPONEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE JURY PORTAL:
https://jurorportal.nmcourts.gov, or via email, fax, or general mail.
Jurors and the members of the public in a courtroom will continue to be required to maintain a three (3) feet physical distance and wear masks according to existing protocols of the New Mexico Supreme Court and ERT (Emergency Response Team).
Jurors will be required to answer New Mexico Judicial Branch COVID-19 Court Facility Screening Questions