The following information answers questions frequently asked by jurors:
Excusals and Postponements
Requests for postponement or excusal must be made in writing to the Jury Clerk by Wednesday of the
week preceding your summoned date. The requests for excusal or postponement should be sent to:
Maureen Hafner-Lazers, Jury Clerk
Business Hours: 7:15 am – 4:00 pm
Dane County Courthouse Room L1001
215 S Hamilton St
Madison, WI 53703
Website for jury requests:
The Juror's Pool ID Number and Juror Pool Member Number should be included on all correspondence.
Postponements and excusals are arranged by the Jury Clerk. We must receive your completed questionnaire
before these requests will be considered.
While You Wait
There will probably be times when you will have to wait prior to being escorted to a courtroom for jury
selection. You may bring your laptop as we have free wireless internet access. You may also want to
bring along reading material. The Themis Cafe is located on the lower level of the courthouse near
the Jury Assembly room.
Illness or Emergency
Jurors may call the jury clerk's number after 8:00 AM on Mondays to report their illness or emergency
and the jury clerk will return the call either that afternoon or the following day.
Period of Service
Jury selection is on Monday of each week. You will find out on Monday if you are chosen for a trial for
that week. Upon completion of the trial your service will be completed for four years. If you are not
chosen on Monday for a trial, you jury service is also completed for four years.
How Jurors are Selected
Jurors are randomly selected from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor
Vehicles driver's license and identification lists. It is important to keep your address with the
Division of Motor Vehicles current to ensure that a juror summons and questionnaire reaches you.
You will be paid $20 per day for anything over four hours and $10.00 for anything up to four hours.
You will also be paid a nominal daily travel allowance for each day you are required to report to
the courthouse. Bus passes are available upon request. It is important that we have your correct
address for reimbursement.
Parking can be a problem in the downtown area. Please attempt to park in the Capitol Square South
Ramp (previously the Dane County Ramp). Meters take quarters only (approximately $1.50 for each hour.)
Jurors must pay for their own parking until noon on Monday. Do not park in reserved parking.
If you are selected for a trial, you may obtain a parking permit from the Jury Clerk to be used
for the duration of the trial.
When to Report for Jury Duty
Dane County uses a voice mail recording system to inform jurors when they are to report for jury duty.
On Thursday preceding your assigned week, call 608-266-4105 after 4:00 PM to determine if you are to
report for jury duty the following Monday. If your Pool ID # and Pool Member # number is within the
range of numbers that are read off, you are to report on Monday for jury duty. If when you call again
on Sunday evening after 6:00 pm and your Pool Member # is not within the range of numbers read off,
you have completed your jury duty for four years.
The times you may call are:
- Thursday after 4:00 PM until Friday 7:30 AM
- Friday after 4:00 PM until Monday 7:15 AM
- The recording is not available during business hours.
- The recording is available 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
- You may also check online for reporting times.
Persons requiring TDD service due to a hearing impairment, please call 608-266-4625 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday.
Failure to appear can result in the court imposing penalties under WI Stats. section 756.30.
Length and Frequency of Service
Dane County citizens are required to respond to jury duty no more frequently than every four years.
Being available for the assigned week or actual service on a jury fulfills this requirement for four years.
All juries in this county are drawn on Monday, unless it is a holiday, then jury selection is on Tuesday.
On the day of jury selection, each person learns whether he/she has been chosen for a trial for that
week. Almost three-fourths of our jury trials last only 1 or 2 days.
Employment Issues and Pay
The law provides that an employer must grant an employee a leave of absence, without loss of time in service
for the period of jury duty. No employer may use absence due to jury duty as a basis for discharging an
employee or for any disciplinary action against the employee.
Our system provides a month’s advance notice of the week of possible jury duty. When a person is called to
jury duty, he/she should inform their employer of the possibility of being selected and of the certain
need to be absent from work for the morning of jury selection.
Jurors are paid $10.00 for any service up to 4 hours and $20.00 for any service over 4 hours in one day.
A majority of Dane County employers continue to pay employees while they are on jury duty, but such
employers have a right to have their employees’ juror fees (excluding mileage) paid over to them.
For prospective jurors who require an ADA accommodation to fulfill jury duty, please call Maureen Hafner-Lazers at
266-4105 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.