Dear Prospective Juror:
Welcome to jury service in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Your participation in the jury system is vital to the American system of justice. Juries composed of citizens representing a fair cross-section of the community safeguard important constitutional rights in civil and criminal judicial proceedings. Jury service is one of the most serious duties of citizenship in this country. Service as a juror requires no special skills or knowledge; however, it does require fairness and impartiality, sound judgment, and a willingness to participate with your fellow citizens.
The Judges in this court recognize that your participation in jury service may disrupt your daily life, causing sacrifices such as missing work and rescheduling appointments. However, I am confident that the time you spend on jury service will be a valuable learning experience. It will provide an opportunity to learn more about our system of justice and how it works, as well as participating in the democratic process.
The Court’s commitment to you is to ensure that your valuable time is well spent and to make your service as rewarding as possible. Thank you in advance for your service as a juror in the United States District Court
Rodney W. Sippel, Chief Judge
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri