In accordance with N.R.S. 6.010, "every qualified elector of the state whether registered or not who has sufficient knowledge of the English language, and who has not been convicted of treason, felony, or other infamous crime, and who is not rendered incapable by reason of physical or mental infirmity, is a qualified juror of the county in which he resides."
A qualified juror is:
- at least 18 years of age
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of the county, and
- without a felony conviction.
The following people are exempt from service as trial jurors:
- any member of the Nevada Legislature or any employee of the Legislature or the Legislative Counsel Bureau, while the Legislature is in session
- a person who is at least 70 years of age
Terms of Service
The average trial length is two to five days. Normally, jurors will be required to serve from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each day of trial. On the first day, jury selection will occur. Jury selection may take from two hours to the entire day.
Potential jurors are not paid an appearance fee. Jurors receive payment only if they are selected to serve on a jury. Jurors are paid $40.00 a day for jury service. Jurors will be paid by check within two to three weeks of jury service.
Juror attire should reflect the dignity and professionalism of Court. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops or sweat pants. Sweatshirts or tee shirts with offensive pictures or statements printed on them should not be worn to Court.
The temperature of the courtroom may fluctuate. Jurors are encouraged to dress accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How did my name get on the jury list?
- Names of people on a jury pool are obtained from a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles list as well as a Voter’s Registration list.
- Do I have to serve even if I don’t want to?
- Unless a legal exemption applies (discussed above), you must appear for jury service. Jury duty is an obligation as well as a right of every United States citizen.
- What if I am self-employed, a single parent or work for tips?
- Hardships, whether financial or personal, may be stated to the Court. Note that neither the District Court Clerk, nor the Judge’s office have authority to release potential jurors for hardships.