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Information about Jury Service in Jefferson County Court


Location of courthouse: Court and Briggs, Fairfield, IA


Courthouse hours:       8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday


Contact Information:    Jennifer Nelson, Clerk of Court 

                                          Phone number: 641-472-3454


Check trial status information: 641-472-3454


Where to park: Surrounding Courthouse (as marked)


Courthouse security information: Reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, no weapons of any kind will be allowed in the Courthouse.   Cellular phones are to be turned off and no use of recording devices or cellular phone cameras is permitted. For further information, please contact clerks’ office at 641-472-3454


Contact for ADA accommodations: If you require the assistance of auxiliary aids or services to participate in Court because of a disability, immediately call your District ADA Coordinator at 641-684-6502. (If you are hearing impaired, call Relay Iowa TTY at 1-800-735-2942)


Inside the courthouse – where to report for jury service: Please report to the District Courtroom located on the 2nd floor. Jurors are to report at 9:00 a.m. on jury trial dates as indicated on the Clerk of Courts’ voicemail message (641) 472-3454. Please call this number after 4:30 p.m. on Monday evenings to check on the status of the next scheduled jury trial.


What to wear to court: Please report for jury service wearing respectable clothes. As a general rule, business or business casual clothing is acceptable. The following types of clothing are not suitable for court proceedings: shorts, tube tops, halter tops, clothing that contains any obscene, suggestive or inflammatory print or images, and clothes that are overly dirty or ragged.


Absences/Emergencies: Absences are to be reported to the Court Attendant as soon as possible. Please submit any vacation requests to the Clerks Office as soon as possible. If absent from trial without advance permission from the Court, a Failure to Appear notice will be issued up to and including a Show Cause hearing. Juror with unexcused absences will be subject to contempt of court sanctions.   For further information, please contact Kay O’Mara, Clerk of Court or Eric Larson at 641-472-3454 


Travel, mileage and other expenses: Jurors are reimbursed for travel to and from the courthouse at a rate approved by the supreme court.  For additional questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 641-472-3454


Compensation: Pursuant to state law, you will be paid $30 a day for each day of jury service up to seven days; $50 a day for eight or more days of service. You may waive the right to compensation, which will help reduce the state’s cost of operating the court system.



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