Citizens are often called upon to serve as jurors.
Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice. Jury service is a high duty of citizenship. To qualify for jury service, one must be at least 18 years of age and a United States citizen.
Voter and drivers license information is maintained on a central computer data base at the General Services Department in Santa Fe. Upon order of the court, names are selected by computer from the voter information data base. The computer is programmed so that names are selected at random so no discrimination may be exercised. Summons and juror questionnaire forms are mailed to prospective jurors. The juror questionnaire forms are to be filled out and returned. The information contained on these questionnaires is essential to jury qualification and saves time when trial jury panels are selected.
Jurors may be excused from service for reason of hardship, inconvenience or public necessity. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, economic status or occupation.
If summoned to serve as a juror, we urge that you serve. Examine your civic conscience before you "ask off" jury duty. Besides, you might enjoy it. Most jurors tell us they do.