Ada County

Photo courtesy of Justice Wayne Kidwell, Idaho Supreme Court, Retired

Jury Services


Marji Shepherd, Jury Commissioner
Jury Commissioner Marji Shepherd
Address: 200 W. Front Street, Room 4117, Boise, ID 83702
Telephone: (208)287-7578
Reporting Line, after 5:00 pm: (208)287-7570, ext. 1
Fax: (208)287-7579
(208)287-7589

Complete your qualification questionnaire online at www.adaweb.net/jury.

The Jury Commission is comprised of two individuals: Marji Shepherd, the Jury Commissioner, and Christopher D. Rich, the Clerk of the District Court. They serve the District Court and Magistrate Division of Ada County in the Fourth Judicial District.

Jury Orientation

If you have been assigned to a jury at the District/Magistrate Court level, you will hear a half-hour presentation by the Jury Commissioner and will be given an opportunity to ask questions concerning your service.

The Standby Jury System

Ada County is now saving approximately $60,000 a year in jury fees by the use of the Standby Jury System. Instead of having jurors report to the Jury Room daily and sit around until they are called, we now ask that you telephone daily after 5:00 p.m. for instructions. If the recorded message instructs that your juror number is on standby, you are required to make a second call at a specific time. If the trial is still scheduled, you will have 1 hour to report after making the second call. So remember:

  1. Call daily after 5:00 p.m.
  2. If your number is placed on standby, be prepared to report within 1 hour.
  3. Make your second phone call at the specified time. Once you are impaneled on a jury, however, you must follow the instructions given to you by the judge.

If you encounter any problems or delays reporting within 1 hour, contact the Jury Commissioner's office for assistance.

Five-Day Term

The term of service in Ada County is listed on your juror summons. You probably will be asked to appear two times during your term of service. Be certain to inform your employer of your call to jury services. Be certain to take care of all your personal and family needs before reporting to jury service. It is too late to have your jury service postponed on the day you report for duty. If you have a question, please call the Jury Commissioner's office at (208)287-7578.

If you are impaneled on a jury that continues past the 5 days, you are required to stay with that jury for the duration of the trial. Also, if your case is going into deliberation and there is a possibility that it may run late into the evening, notify your family members. Also, be certain that your family members know which judge you are appearing before. If you have a family emergency before 5:00 p.m., call (208)287-7878. If there is an emergency after 5:00 p.m., call (208)287-7171. In either case, a message will be delivered to you as soon as possible.

One Trial System

Under the "One Trial" jury system, if a juror is impaneled and sworn to try a case, the juror's term of service will be limited to that one trial. If jurors are not picked to serve on a trial, they must fulfill their term of service.

Causes for Mistrial

You can unknowingly cause a mistrial, so please DO NOT TALK to anyone (including family members) while assigned to a trial. Also, law books, dictionaries and medical books are not allowed in the jury deliberation rooms, and jurors may not ask questions during the course of the trial. Your only opportunity to talk is when your are questioned during voir dire, which is the formal jury selection process.

Family Members

Family members may not accompany you to jury service.

Personal Needs

Restrooms are adjacent to the Jury Commissioner Offices. If you have any personal need, speak to your bailiff. If you require medication at a special time, advise your bailiff or the Jury Commissioner.

Parking

Parking in the garage located directly east of the Ada County courthouse is provided at no cost to jurors when the parking ticket is presented to the jury office for validation on a daily basis during the term of jury service.