United States District Court
Serving as a juror is a privilege that we all share as citizens of the United States. Only by having people like you participate in this process can we ensure that all persons in federal court will be afforded their constitutional right to have a jury pool drawn from a fair cross-section of the community. We have tried to provide links below that will help prepare you for jury service with our court.
If you still have a question, please click here to contact our Jury Office by email or call the Jury Office at (251)690-3232. Jurors can also call our Automated Jury Information System (AJIS) at 1-800-726-5643.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1861, all litigants “have the right to grand and petit jurors selected at random from a fair cross section of the community.” The court uses a two-step process to select jurors. First, a master jury wheel is created by selecting names at random from the registered voters within the district. Then, names are randomly drawn periodically from the master jury wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires. Individuals’ answers to these questionnaires determine whether they are legally qualified to serve. If so, the names of those persons are put on a second wheel, a qualified jury wheel. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury, juror summonses are sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified wheel. All of these selections are carried out through a properly programmed electronic data processing system for pure randomized selection. The pure randomized process ensures that the mathematical odds of any single name being picked are substantially equal.