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Jury Service

If you are a resident of West Baton Rouge Parish you may be summoned to serve as a juror for the 18th Judicial District Court. Your attendance on the specified date places you in a pool or group of prospective jurors from which you may be randomly selected to serve as a juror.  Those 70 and over may choose to claim an exemption by filling out the form below.

There are three types of juries that serve the 18th Judicial District Court. Grand Juries are selected in March and September of each year. The jury panel serves a six month term and is called at the discretion of the District Attorney. Petit juries are selected each month. The jury panel decides the guilt or innocence of a defendant charged with a criminal offense. Civil juries are selected as needed. The jury panel decides which party the law favors in a dispute between two or more individuals or businesses.

STATUS OF JURY TRIALS
18TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
PARISH OF WEST BATON ROUGE

This site should be viewed after 5:30 p.m. on the day prior to your jury service report date. Trials are often cancelled a number of days prior to their scheduled date. Therefore, you may regularly visit this site to obtain more timely information regarding the status of a trial. You may also obtain status information by calling the Clerk of Court’s office at 225-383-0378.

JuryJudgeDateTimeStatus
Civil Jury #282Judge Tonya S. LurrySeptember 15, 20219:00 amCanceled, do NOT appear
Civil Jury # 281Judge Kevin KimballSeptember 20, 20219:00 amCanceled, do NOT report
Petit Jury #238Judge Tonya S. LurrySeptember 21, 2021 9:00 amPlease call after 4:30 on Wed Sept 22nd, your appearance may be needed for Thursday. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Petit Jury # 239Judge Tonya S. LurryOctober 18, 20219:00 amPending
Civil Jury # 283Judge Kevin KimballOctober 18, 20219:00 amPending

Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedures Title XI Article 401 lists the qualifications of a juror. Those qualifications state to serve as a juror, a person must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and of the state of Louisiana who has resided within West Baton Rouge Parish for at least one year immediately preceding his or her jury service.
  • Be at least eighteen years of age.
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language and be possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language.
  • Not be under interdiction or be incapable of serving as a juror because of mental or physical infirmity.
  • Not be under indictment, incarcerated under an order of imprisonment, or on probation or parole for a felony offense within the 5-year period immediately preceding the person’s jury service.

Pursuant to the Louisiana Constitution, 5:33(B), persons 70 years of age and older may claim an exemption from jury duty if they are summoned and do not wish to serve.

If you would like to  claim this exemption from jury service, please fill out the form below and press “submit”.  The Jury Commission will record your preference accordingly, and you should no longer receive jury service notices.

JUROR OVER 70

  • Enter date in mm/dd/yyyy format or click the calendar icon.
    MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Check the box below to claim the exemption.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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