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How do I contact the Jury Management Division?

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Telephone Numbers

  • For general information: 505-455-8225
  • To check whether you have to report the following week, call 505-455-8306 or 877-740-7152 (toll free number) after 4 p.m. on Fridays.  If you call before 4 p.m., you will not receive updated information, which could cause you to fail to appear or appear unnecessarily.
  • Fax Number: 505-455-8229
  • Email: sfedjury@nmcourts.gov 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 2268
Santa Fe, NM  87504-2268

Physical Addresses

  • Santa Fe: 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505 
  • Rio Arriba: 7 Main Street, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico 87575
  • Los Alamos: 2500 Trinity Drive, Suite D, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544

Protect yourself from scams.

Protect yourself against identity theft. Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.

As a rule, jury officers never ask for confidential information over the phone. Jury staff members generally correspond with prospective jurors via mail or email. There are certain situations such as, a Junior and Senior live at the same address and the summons does not specify which one that more information may be required.

Sample Scenario: You answer the ringing phone. The caller identifies himself/herself as an officer of the court. The caller states you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. The caller says no problem, it can be cleared up right now, but more information will be needed for “verification purposes” — your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number. Or the caller might say that if you give him/her that info to pay a “small fine,” the warrant will be dropped.

You should hang up the phone and report the call to law enforcement, as it is a scam.

Is jury service mandatory?

The United States Constitution and the New Mexico State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by law.  All residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they:

  • Are NOT a United States citizen; 
  • Are UNDER 18 years of age;
  • Have been found incompetent by a court of law.

How do I request to be excused from jury service?

Prospective jurors otherwise eligible to serve may be excused from jury service only for extreme hardship and sever medical issues. All requests must be submitted to the Jury Management Division in writing prior to the prospective juror’s service date as explained on the juror questionnaire. The excuse can also be faxed to the Jury Management Division at 505-455-8229.

A prospective juror may be excused at the discretion of a judge under the following circumstances:

  • The individual has a physical or mental disability that would prevent him or her from serving. The prospective juror must provide a written explanation of the disability from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. 
  • The individual provides actual and necessary care for another and alternate arrangements are not feasible.  The prospective juror must provide a written explanation of the situation from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
  • The individual will suffer an extreme financial burden if required to serve that would substantially prevent the prospective juror from paying his or her necessary daily living expenses.
  • The individual will be away from the court’s jurisdiction for the entire term of service.
  • The individual is serving active duty in a branch of the military and is not stationed in the county.
  • Individuals who are seventy-five years of age or older and who file an affidavit requesting an exemption from jury service shall be permanently exempted from jury service.  (See “Frequently Asked Questions” page on this site for instructions and Age Affidavit form).

 

Can I have my jury service obligation postponed?

The Court realizes prospective jurors may have been summonsed at an inconvenient time and is willing to defer service to a more convenient time in most instances. Jurors may request a one-time postponement for of their service by completing the appropriate section of the summons and returning it to the Jury Management Division. All requests for postponement must be in writing and either e-mailed, mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to the Jury Management Division for review. New Mexico Law does not allow a second postponement unless it is an extreme emergency that was not anticipated when the first postponement was granted.

May I be excused from jury service or request for postponement over the phone?

No. All excuse requests must be in writing and either e-mailed, mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the Jury Management Division for review.

What should I do if I received a jury summons but I am not a citizen or am under 18 years of age?

The law automatically disqualifies non-citizens and individuals under 18 years of age from jury service. If you are not a United States Citizen you will need to provide a copy of your residency card along with the completed Jury Qualification form to the Jury Management Division. If you are under 18 years of age, you should provide a driver’s license or some form of documentation of your date of birth.

How was my name drawn for jury service?

Combining the County’s voter registration list, Motor Vehicle and Personal Income Taxes, creates the list of names that is used to call people for jury service. Names are randomly selected from that master list by a computer program.

I have been called to serve multiple times in the past and no one I know has ever been called. Why don't you call someone else?

A computer program randomly selects names from the master jury file to summons potential jurors. Since that process is random, some people may be selected more than others. If you served on an actual jury trial or grand jury within the last 36 months, you can request to be excused.

Why don't you just summons people who actually want to serve on jury duty?

The Jury Management Division adheres to the random selection process set out in the law. Because it is random, some people who are willing to serve may never be summonsed, and others who are not willing to be served may be summonsed more than once. No one can take the place of the individual who was summonsed for jury duty.

I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused?

The New Mexico law does not provide for an excusal from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. You are still required to appear for jury service. During the jury selection process, you can explain your moral and religious beliefs to the presiding judge.

I know that I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what I do for a living. Why not excuse me now and save time?

The First Judicial District Court tries civil and criminal cases, both of which require juries. The random selection process prevents you from knowing in advance what specific trial, or even what type of trial, for which you will be selected. The Jury Management Division cannot excuse you as a potential juror because of what you do for a living. 

I live closer to a different court than the one where I have been summonsed. Why can't my service be transferred there?

State law requires that jurors be selected randomly from the countywide population. You must appear at the court to which you were summonsed.

Do I have to serve if I am a convicted felon?

Convicted felons can serve on juries as long as all of the requirements set forth by the conviction have been completed, that is, as long as all terms of probation, incarceration, and parole have been completed.

Do I have to serve if I do not have transportation or a driver's license?

A lack of transportation or not having a valid driver’s license does not excuse you from jury service. The summons was mailed to you to allow sufficient time to arrange transportation.

Will I be compensated for jury duty?

The Court is authorized by New Mexico State statute to pay you $6.25 per hour. State government employees are paid by the State and therefore do not receive the hourly jury wage. Please be sure to indicate on your questionnaire if you are an employee of a State government entity.

Other individuals should check with your employer regarding its internal jury service and payment policy. Employers are not required by law to reimburse employees for jury service.

In addition, round trip mileage from your home to the courthouse will be paid at $0.29 a mile. Payment is computed based upon the information you provide on the juror qualification form and your physical address. Please be sure to indicate your physical address, along with your zip code, on the form you return. If you do not want to claim mileage, please indicate so on your questionnaire.

Checks will be mailed to your home address. Your payment cannot be split between hourly and mileage reimbursement. On average, reimbursement payments take 6 weeks to process. If payment is not received within 10 weeks of Jury Service, please contact the Jury Division at 505-455-8225.

Do I have to report money I receive as taxable income?

Generally, individuals who receive over $600 in jury service fees in a calendar year must report that income in their taxable income.  You will receive a 1099 form at the end of the year.  You should not consider this as official tax advice.  You should address your questions regarding tax implications to your tax preparer or accountant.

Does my employer have to pay me for serving as a juror?

No. State law does not require employers to compensate their employees while they are on jury service. Many employers support the jury system and provide jury service benefits and will continue employee wages while they serve as a juror. Please check with your employer regarding your company’s policy.

Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror?

New Mexico State law prohibits an employer from discharging or in any manner discriminating against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror if the employee, prior to taking time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer of the requirement to serve as a juror.

Do I have to tell my employer the exact time I was released from jury duty?

Employers may verify their employee’s jury duty times with the Jury Management Division. The Jury Management Division will disclose if you reported, what time you reported, and what time you were released. The Jury Management Division or the presiding judge’s bailiff will provide you with an attendance letter for your employer each time you report to ensure that there are no discrepancies.

How long will I have to serve as a juror?

The First Judicial District Court operates on a 90-day term of service. However, you likely will not have to report every week. On average, an individual only has to actually appear at the courthouse for selection on three occasions. During the 90-day term, you will call in every week after 4 p.m., to receive instructions as to whether you have to report the following week or if you have to call in again at the beginning of the following week for further instructions. Due to the possibility that a jury selection may be cancelled, changed or added, you are required to call the information line or check the web site every Friday after 4 p.m. Failure to do so may result in you failing to appear for a scheduled selection or unnecessarily appearing.

Are there ever any instances when I may have to serve longer?

There is a possibility that you will be selected for a jury trial that extends past the end of the 90-day term.

How late will I be at the courthouse?

The court’s normal hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Prospective jurors should make arrangements to remain the entire day, as well as into the evening on some occasions. Judges make every effort to end the day’s trial activities by 5 p.m., but there are sometimes circumstances when extending activities into the evening hours is unavoidable. On rare occasion, jurors may be asked to appear on weekends. Judges will let you know with as much advance notice as possible when such situations arise.

I received a summons for a family member who is deceased. What do I do with it?

Do not throw it away. Write “DECEASED” on the forms, attach a copy of the death certificate, and mail the entire packet back to the Jury Management Division.

We sincerely apologize if this ever occurs and in no way mean to be insensitive or to cause anyone to feel further grief. The master list of potential jurors is crossed-referenced with Vital Statistics. However, on occasion a summons is mailed to an individual who is deceased.

I received a jury summons for a family member who no longer resides in New Mexico. What do I do with it?

Do not throw it away. Write “MOVED” and the new address of the individual summonsed on the forms and attach proof of the new address. Return the entire packet back to the Jury Management Division. If you do not have proof of the new address, the individual should provide it or he or she will be contacted to provide such proof.

How can I access forms if I misplaced the one I received or never received one.

You recently received a summons to report for jury duty. In addition, you received a jury qualification form and a jury questionnaire. Those forms are to be filled out in their entirety and returned to the Jury Management Division by a date specified on your summons.  If you have lost or misplaced the jury qualification form and/or the jury questionnaire you can reproduce a generic copy of the forms below. You are not able to reproduce the actual summons you received in the mail.

Please remember all of the forms must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete forms will not be accepted and will cause a delay.

What is the process for getting excused if I am seventy-five (75) years or older?

If you recently received a summons and you are seventy-five (75) years of age or older and wish to be excused, you may file an affidavit requesting an exemption from jury service. If you file an age affidavit, you will be permanently exempted from jury service, per the enactment of Senate Bill 112, which amended Section 38-5-2 (B) NMSA 1978.  

You are required to complete both the juror qualification form and the age affidavit, have the age affidavit notarized, and return both forms to the Jury Management Division by the date specified on the summons for returning the questionnaire.

Please remember all of the forms must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete forms will not be accepted and will cause a delay.

What is my “civic duty.”

The call to serve on a jury does not frequently come, and such an opportunity may never be repeated during your lifetime. Jury service is an obligation of citizenship. It represents your contribution to our democratic way of life. The sacrifice it compels-and for many of you it is a major sacrifice-enlarges the value of its rendition.

The United States Constitution and the New Mexico Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. All Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they are under the age of 18, not a citizen, found incompetent by a court of law or are no longer a resident of the county in which they were called. This site has been designed to help you answer any questions you may have regarding jury service.

However, this site does not allow you to disqualify, excuse, or request a postponement. Please refer to your summons for additional information and documents required.

Being on a jury is a rewarding experience, and your participation is appreciated.

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