Clerk of Court
500 Mulberry Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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District Court Administrator
The Jury Clerk can be reached at 286-3769
The national eJuror Program gives potential jurors the flexibility of responding online to their jury qualification questionnaire. Jurors choosing to complete these forms electronically don’t have to mail them. Through the eJuror Program, potential jurors may:
- update personal information,
- check when they need to report for jury service,
- submit a request for an excuse or deferral, and
- select an alternate time to serve.
The Polk County Courthouse is located on 5th & Mulberry Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The public entrance is on the south side of the building on Cherry Street. The wheelchair accessible entrance is on the west side of the building on 6th Street.
Please keep the top portion of your jury summons. Additional reporting information is located on the back of your summons. Please follow these instructions or any other enclosed instructions which may require you to call in prior to your service date or give a time and date which you are to appear. You will be required to bring the top portion with you when you report for jury duty.
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 contain any obscene, suggestive or inflammatory print or images, and clothes that are overly dirty or ragged.
Where to Park
Free parking is available in any of the City of Des Moines Parking Ramps. The closest locations are: 422 Walnut (entrances Walnut & 5th), 210 Second Avenue (entrance on 3rd Avenue), 4th & Grand (entrance on 4th& Grand), and the county lot south of the courthouse located at 600 Cherry Street. Bring your parking stub to the Jury Clerk for validation each day. Parking in any other facility or overtime parking tickets will be at your own expense.
Courthouse Security Information
For the protection of all who uses the Courthouse, all persons entering will pass through an airport style security metal detector. No weapons of any type will be allowed inside the Polk County Courthouse. This will include, but not be limited to the following items: any and all types of firearms; all types of knives, including any size pocketknife or cutting instrument; any form of chemical agent such as mace, pepper spray or OC spray; Cat’s eyes or any other type of self-defense weapon commonly carried on key rings. Anyone attempting to enter the courthouse while in possession of these or any other type of weapon will be asked to secure the item in a vehicle or location off the courthouse property prior to returning for admittance.
Jury Check-in Information
You are to report to the Jury Lounge, Room 303, third floor.
Absences / Emergencies
Should you or your family have an emergency during your jury service,a message can be left with the Jury Clerk at 286-3769. If a sudden illness or emergency prevents your attendance, please call the Jury Clerk at 286-3769.
Travel, Mileage, and Other Expenses
Jurors are reimbursed for travel to and from residence to the courthouse at a rate approved by the supreme court. If you do not know the mileage, you can look it up on Mapquest.com.
Pursuant to state law, you will be paid $30 a day for each day of your 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.