Trial by jury is a fundamental part of the American system of justice, and is a right guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois. To preserve this right it is essential that the court establish and maintain a well-functioning system for the selection and utilization of jurors.
The 18th Judicial Circuit Court utilizes the ONE DAY/ONE TRIAL system of jury service. Under this system a person called to jury duty serves for the duration of one trial if selected to hear a case. But if the person has not been selected to hear a case by the end of one day, he or she is discharged from jury duty.
Under Illinois law, every county with a population in excess of 40,000 must establish a jury commission consisting of three members who are appointed by the circuit judges of the court. Each jury commissioner serves for a three year term.
By law the jury commissioners are to prepare a list of persons who may be called for jury service and are to discharge other duties pertaining to the operation of the jury system consistent with rules adopted by the court.
The day-to-day operation of the jury system in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court is administered through the Office of the Jury Commission under the direction of Deputy Court Administrator Robin L. Partin.
This office is responsible for the selection and summoning of prospective jurors and the management of jurors during their term of service. Illinois law requires that the names of prospective jurors be randomly drawn from a combined list of registered voters, persons who have received unemployment compensation in the past 12 months, drivers license and state identification card holders in DuPage County.
During 2015 a total of 8,706 citizens completed jury service in the 18th Judicial Circuit. The Jury Commission has recently added 20 work and charging stations to accommodate electronic devices, as well as upgrading free Wi-Fi services for reporting jurors.
The citizens of DuPage County can take pride in having one of the most modern jury systems operating in Illinois.
Further Information contact us at 630-407-8785.