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How the Jury is selected
The New Mexico Legislature passed a law which states that anyone residing within the county that meets some general conditions which include being either a registered voter or a licensed driver is eligible to be selected for jury services. The Motor Vehicle Department and the Secretary of State supply the database containing this information to Information Systems Division in Santa Fe. This information is merged to form a master jury database or “master jury list” for random selection of jurors. Upon request from the court, a specific number of names are randomly selected and the summonses are printed. The Administration Office of the Courts, also located in Santa Fe, mails the summons’ to prospective jurors. The court has no control over who is chosen or what names are in the database, nor can we remove an individual from the master jury list.
Term of Service
Jury selection is generally for a 4-month period, unless otherwise instructed. The court is normally in session Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.5 p.m.
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 Curry and Roosevelt 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.
Juror Exit Survey– Please take the time to fill out the survey. Your Feedback is greatly appreciated: Juror Exit Survey
Meals and Refreshments
The Court provides beverages to empaneled jurors. Meals will be provided only to jurors who are in deliberation or sequestered. At other times, you will be responsible for your own meal but will be paid jury time through the lunch hour.
Jurors may dress casually but befitting the dignity of the Court. Shorts are not permitted. Do not wear clothing that will cause a distraction. Jurors are urged to bring a sweater or light jacket due to the courtrooms can be chilly during the winter months or the air conditioner may be too cool for some during the summer.
The Curry County Courthouse is a smoke-free building. A smoking area is located outside the red painted line on Main Street and 7th Street. Empaneled jurors should make arrangements with the bailiff before leaving the courtroom area to smoke.
The Roosevelt County Courthouse is a smoke-free building. You are allowed to smoke outside the courthouse. Empaneled jurors should make arrangements with the bailiff before leaving the courtroom area to smoke.
Disabled parking facilities and entrance to the Curry County Courthouse are located on the south side of the building near the Juvenile Detention Center. An elevator entrance at that level will eliminate the need to climb stairs. Anyone seeking additional assistance should notify the Court Clerk’s Office in advance. A ramp is available in the main courtroom at the jury box for jurors who use a wheelchair. Jurors who are hearing impaired or require special assistance should make that known to the court before the trial begins so that reasonable accommodations can be made.
Disabled parking facilities and entrance to the Roosevelt County Courthouse are located on the north side of the courthouse off 1st Street. An elevator entrance at that level on the north side of the building will eliminate the need to climb stairs. Anyone seeking additional assistance should notify the Court Clerk’s Office in advance. A ramp is available in the main courtroom at the jury box for jurors who use a wheelchair. Jurors who are hearing impaired or require special assistance should make that known to the court before the trial begins so that reasonable accommodations can be made.