US District Court
Western District of Oklahoma

Chief Judge - Vicki Miles-LaGrange

Court Clerk - Robert D Dennis

200 NW 4th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73102

(405) 609-5000

United States District Court for the
Western District of Oklahoma

Chief Judge - Vicki Miles-LaGrange

Court Clerk - Carmelita Reeder Shinn

200 NW 4th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73102

(405) 609-5000

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Grand Jury Service

Welcome to the jury panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. We hope you will find your term of jury service an interesting and satisfying experience.

You will see a film and receive a briefing which explains your duties and responsibilities as a juror. This booklet will answer questions of a more immediate nature.

Grand Jury Handbook (.pdf)

Location

The Courthouse is located at 200 N.W. 4th Street, between Harvey and Robinson. This is approximately 1 block west of Broadway (E.K. Gaylord Boulevard) and 5 blocks east of Classen Boulevard. It is easily accessible from several I-40 and I-35 Highway exits.

Facilities

You will report for jury duty on the third floor of the Courthouse. When you exit the elevator, there will be signs directing you to the registration. Restrooms are available in the hallways of each floor. A lounge area and restrooms are provided in the Jury Assembly Room located on the first floor.

Vending machines are located in the basement of the Courthouse. Coffee will be available for jurors in the Jury Assembly Room, as well as a soft drink machine and snack machine.

There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Federal Courthouse. Prices vary, starting at about $5.00. You will receive a list of restaurants during orientation. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in the Jury Assembly Room for your use if you want to bring your lunch.

Parking

Do NOT park on the street or at a parking meter. You will not have time to leave the Courthouse to pay meter charges and the court is not responsible for any parking violations. Several commercial parking lots are located near the Courthouse. You may use any parking lot or garage you choose. Please allow yourself extra time for locating a parking space.

You will be reimbursed for your parking fees. If you park in a garage, be sure to inquire about accessibility to your vehicle after hours in case you are required to stay after 5:00 p.m.

Payment

Except for employees of the U.S. Government, a $40 attendance fee is paid for each day you are required to and do report for duty whether or not you are selected to serve. $0.56 cents per mile round trip from your home to the Courthouse is allowed as reimbursement for travel expense. You will also be reimbursed for tolls you may have to pay, but not for taxi fares. These provisions are established by law and are not determined by the court. If you drive 50 miles or more one way and you spend the night in town, you will receive $153 per day. Be sure to ask for Government rates when staying at your choice of motel. Jurors entitled to subsistence will need to submit a lodging receipt to the Jury Clerk. See a listing of several motels.

The $40 attendance fee must be reported as income for tax purposes. You must keep a record of the amounts you receive as no tax has been withheld. If your attendance fee exceeds $600, 1099 forms are furnished for tax purposes. You do not need to report the travel allowance as income.

Jury Selection

You may wonder how you came to be called for jury duty. Your name was taken from the voter registration list of your county, according to guidelines which assure a random selection from a fair cross-section of the community. You were then mailed a qualification form to fill in and mail back. After it was determined by the court that you were qualified to serve, you were summoned for duty. After you have completed your term you will not be called again unless your name is again drawn from the voter registration list in future years. If you are called again within two years after federal service, you may be excused upon request.

A Listing of Suggested Hotels:

Sheraton (downtown)
Renaissance (downtown)
Executive Inn
Saddleback Inn
1 North Broadway
(405) 235-2780
1-800-325-3535
Government rate - $81
100 W. Sheridan
(405) 232-2050
1-800-468-3571
Government rate - $81
I-40 & Meridian
(405) 949-0855

Government rate - $81

I-40 & Meridian
(405) 947-7000
1-800-WESTERN
Government rate - $81

Security

Jurors are advised that the court's security plan does not allow portable telephones, laptop computers, pagers, cameras or recording devices inside the courtroom. Please leave these items at home, at the office or in your car. These items can be brought into the courthouse and used in the jury assembly room. If there is an emergency and someone needs to contact you during your service, they may call 405/609-5040 and a message will be delivered to you promptly. Please have them specify that you are on jury duty.

 

Carmelita Reeder Shinn, Clerk