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The Kansas Supreme Court
301 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka Kansas 66612-1507

Office of Judicial Administration
Fax:  785.296.7076
Email: info@kscourts.org

Appellate Clerk's Office
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org

You and the Courts of Kansas - The Jury System

Juries are important to the Kansas court system. A person accused of a crime has an absolute right to a jury trial and parties to a civil suit may choose to have their case decided by a jury.

Names of potential jurors come from voter registration and driver license lists. These names are placed into a computer or a jury wheel. When a jury panel is needed, the wheel or computer is used to select names at random. Juror summonses are then sent to people whose names were drawn and they may be called into court to serve on a trial jury. The pay for jury services is minimal, but the responsibility is great.

About 95 percent of all jury trials worldwide take place in the United States. Those who have served as jurors often express feelings of pride and respect for our justice system and appreciation for the opportunity to be part of the judicial process.

Efforts to streamline and update the jury system continue, with the aim to reduce the amount of time a person is asked to contribute to jury service.

The opportunity to serve on a jury in your local court allows you to become a better-informed and more responsible resident of Kansas, and also to learn more about your courts and the law.