Lake County provides .40 cents per mile for each round trip made to the juror’s court location as reimbursement for transportation costs. There is no need to keep track of your mileage.
The jury rules do allow for a deferment of your service. The request must be made in writing through our online deferment/excuse forms available at http://ijuror.lakecountyin.org or faxed or emailed or via your appearance in person. The fax number is (219) 755-3004. The email address is JURYDUTY@LAKECOUNTYIN.ORG Only one postponement will be granted, normally for a period of 2 weeks to 6 months.
Prospective jurors are randomly selected from a combined list including Department of Revenue and Bureau of Motor Vehicles information. Throughout the year, prospective jurors are selected randomly and sent a juror qualification questionnaire. This questionnaire must be completed by the prospective juror. Those individuals who "qualify" for service - a US citizen and county resident; at least 18 years of age; who are able to understand and communicate in English; are not suffering from a physical or mental disability or under a guardianship because of mental incapacity; have not had their rights revoked due a felony conviction and are not a law enforcement officer (criminal trials only) must report for service as summoned.
On July 1, 2006, juror exemptions were eliminated statewide. This means that no automatic exemptions are available by statute. All jurors must respond to the court as to why they cannot serve and the determination as to defer a juror's service now falls completely on the Court.