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Jury Duty

Terms of Service for each year

Jonesboro (Western District) Terms are monthly: Specific dates will be on the jury notices mailed
to jurors.

Lake City (Eastern District) Terms are Quarterly: Specific dates will be on the jury notices mailed
to jurors.

Please call the jury number after 5:30pm on the dates provided on the summons for detailed information on reporting dates, times and locations. For any other questions call the number listed on the summons during regular business hours.

Jury Notification

If you fill out your summons online, you can choose to be notified by one of these

  1. Text message to their cell phone

  2. Receive a notice through e-mail


Jury service is a highly regarded duty of citizenship. Jurors aid in the maintenance of law and order and uphold justice among their fellow citizens. Potential Jurors must meet the following criteria.

  1. 18 years of age or older

  2. Citizen of the United States

  3. Resident of Craighead County Arkansas

  4.  Sound mind and good moral character

  5. Able to read and write the English language

  6. Must not have been convicted of a felony that has not been pardoned.

Only a Judge can excuse a person from jury service. The law does not allow a person to be excused for economic reasons or business reasons. However, you may speak to the Judge in Court about your particular situation, but there are no guarantees that you will be excused. A person who is eighty (80) years of age or older may voluntarily exempt himself or herself from or decline to participate in jury service at any time by informing the Circuit Clerk of this decision.

NOTE TO EMPLOYERS:  It is unlawful for any employer to discharge, threaten to discharge,
intimidate or coerce any employee for attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with jury service. The Circuit Clerk’s Office can provide, upon request, a certified letter showing the attendance for those jurors whose employers require them.

Payment Amounts and Length of Service

Payment is set by the State of Arkansas.

Jurors seated to hear a trial are paid $50.00/day. Those who report but are not selected are paid $15.00/day. Checks are issued after the end of each Jury term for those seated or reported. Act 219 of 2021 allows this check to be donated to an eligible nonprofit organization. If you wish to donate your check please contact the Circuit Clerks Office for a list of eligible organizations, and instructions. Approved nonprofits for Craighead County are The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center and The Family Crisis Center.

Length of Service - Most trials are one to four days, with some exceptions. Due to the number of jurors summoned, most jurors will generally appear one or two times during his/her term, but this is dependent on the number of trials conducted.

Western District Jonesboro Jury Information

Please call (870) 933-4531 for the most up to date information
about jury duty.

JURY SERVICE RECORDED MESSAGE : (870) 933-4531 after 5:30pm

Jury Clerk:


511 South Main Street
Jonesboro, AR 72401, (870) 933-4530

Eastern District Lake City Jury Information

Please call (870) 237-4342 for the most up to date information
about jury duty.

JURY SERVICE RECORDED MESSAGE : (870) 237-4342 after 5:30pm

Jury Clerk:

107 Cobean Blvd.
Lake City, AR 72437
(870) 237-4342

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