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Information about Jury Service in Cerro Gordo County District Court 



Location of Courthouse:  220 North Washington Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401 


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Contact Information: Jury Manager (641) 494-3601 


Where to park: There is limited parking in the Courthouse parking lot.  There is parking available across from the Globe Gazette in the jail annex parking lot.  Also, there is parking available across from the City Hall building in the center of the parking lot.  The spaces on the outer edge of the parking lot are leased spaces and you will be towed if you park in those spaces.  If you receive a parking ticket while on jury duty, please notify the Clerk of Court.  


Courthouse security information: No weapons are allowed on Courthouse premises. 


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) 424-6431.  If you are hearing impaired call Relay Iowa TTY at 1-800-735-2942. 


Inside the courthouse - where to report for jury service:  2nd floor to Courtroom #1 or Courtroom #2.  


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:  If you wish to be excused due to vacation plans or a medical appointment, which cannot be changed contact the Jury Manager in writing or call  

(641) 494-3601. 


Travel, mileage and other expenses: Jurors are not reimbursed for lost income. Some employers pay employees while they are serving on jury duty.  Jurors are reimbursed for travel to and from the courthouse at a rate approved by the supreme court.  


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. 


Telephone Fraud Involving Jury Duty: The judicial system does not contact people telephonically about jury service and ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers.  There have been reports of individuals contacting citizens in regards to jury duty and identifying themselves as court employees.  These individuals say they are calling to verify names and Social Security numbers and ask for credit card numbers.  This could be an attempt to defraud you.  The Iowa Courts do not contact people telephonically and ask for personal information as described above.  If you receive such a call do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals.  You should contact your local law enforcement agency or the Clerk of Court in your county.  







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