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Information about Jury Service in Mitchell County District Court 



Location of courthouse and directions:  508 State Street, Osage, Iowa 50461   


Link to Courthouse Hours 


Contact information:    Karen Purcell, Jury Manager   641-732-3726 



Check trial status information:    The court uses a telephone recording system to notify jurors.  A message will be placed on the recorder during the evening prior to the date you are to report.  The number to call is 641-732-3728. 


Where to park:  Please allow extra time to find a parking place.  There is limited parking in the Courthouse parking lot.  There is also parking available around the Courthouse square.                           


Courthouse security information:  No weapons are allowed in the 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 641-732-3726.  If you are hearing impaired call  Relay Iowa TTY at 1-800-735-2942. 


Inside the courthouse—where to report for jury service:  The courtroom is located on the 2nd floor of the courthouse. 


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 know the dates you wish to be excused, please include this information on the bottom of your questionnaire.  You will only be notified in writing if your vacation request or appointment is denied.   If you wish to be excused for a medical appointment, emergency or vacation days after your questionnaire has been submitted, please call the Clerk of Court office at 641-732-3726 with the information.     


Travel, mileage and other expenses:  Jurors are reimbursed for travel to and from the courthouse at a rate approved by the supreme court. Be sure to fill in the number of miles from your home to the courthouse on your questionnaire.   Jurors are required to provide their own transportation.  


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 then 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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