Adams County Jury Commission
Mollie Hoffman, Jury
521 Vermont Street
Quincy, Il 62301
Office located in Law Library, 2nd Floor
|8:30 AM – Noon
|1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
||Mary K. Willer
Jury pools consist of a merged compilation from:
Driver’s License Registration
Illinois Disabled Person ID Card
Illinois Identification Card
Jury deferral/excusal permitted when:
A juror may be deferred one time to another date
based upon unavoidable family or work conflict. (You must
contact the Jury Commission Clerk in advance.)
Jurors are exempt if:
1) They no longer live in Adams County.
2) They have served within the last twelve month
3) They are currently serving a sentence for a
crime or are on Probation or Parole.
Juror Pay is $12.50 per day and $0.35 per mile.
THERE ARE NO WORK EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY
By statute, employers must give a juror time off
work for his/her jury duty and may not require an employee to
work second or third shifts while on jury duty. However, an
employer is not legally required to reimburse the juror his/her
GRAND JURY and PETIT JURY
A petit jury is generally 12 people sworn
to try a civil or criminal case, hearing evidence and rendering
a verdict. A grand jury is comprised of 16 people and is sworn
to hear evidence presented by the prosecution and determine if
such evidence is sufficient to charge a person or persons with a
crime by a Bill of Indictment.
CIVIL and CRIMINAL CASES
A civil case involves persons, partnerships or
corporations unable to resolve a legal dispute with each other
and ask that it be decided in court. A criminal case is when the
State of Illinois, by action of the State’s Attorney’s Office
charges someone with a violation of a criminal law.
HOW DO I GET SELECTED FOR JURY DUTY?
Each month the Presiding Circuit Judge orders
50-75 names to be selected at random for each week of jury
trials. The computer randomly selects those jurors. A summons is
then sent out to those people.
Every year the Jury Commission Clerk
requests a list of approximately 3,000 random names from the
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts in Springfield,
Illinois. These names are compiled from these lists: Voter’s
Registration, Driver’s License Registration, Illinois Disabled
Person ID Card, Illinois Identification Card, and Illinois
After these names are drawn in Springfield, the
random selection is sent to Adams County. Questionnaires are
then sent out to all prospective jurors. Failure to complete and
return the questionnaire can result in being held in contempt of
court. The Jury Commissioners process all returned
questionnaires to determine eligibility. The Jury Commission
Clerk then enters all pertinent information into the computer.
The names can be in the computer for up to three years. Once
your name is chosen and you appear for jury duty, you are no
longer in the active pool of jurors.