The Carter County Court Clerk’s office has once again issued summons for jurors for the upcoming jury trial docket which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on August 6.
Carter County Court Clerk Renee Burkhart Bryant said the summons includes instructions to respond online, however that website is offline for maintenance — and may continue to be offline for as long as two weeks. Bryant said those with questions may simply arrive at 8:30 a.m. on August 6 with their summons and sign in at that time.
Bryant said those summoned are notified approximately four weeks prior to the start of the jury docket. While the notice says jury duty may last around two weeks, Bryant said her office is able to make accommodations to allow those who are able to serve to do so.
Bryant said there can be accommodations made for things like doctor’s appointments, vacations and other time sensitive issues.
“Full-time students are also excused,” Bryant said.
Those wishing to be excused for that reason must show documentation of their school schedule.
Others who may be excused include active duty military, law enforcement (including fire fighters) and public officers in any branch of government who are actively engaged in performance of official duties.
“Most cases only last one or two days,” Bryant said.  Jurors may serve on more than one case, but they are not required to sit for each one.
According to the Jury Plan for the Eastern District Courts of Oklahoma, which includes Carter County, along with Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, McCurtain, Mcintosh, Marshall, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Seminole, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties, an individual may be disqualified for duty if the person is not a US citizen or is not 18 years old. Individuals may also be disqualified if they have not resided in the judicial district for at least a year. Potential jurors are required to be able to read, write and understand English.
Those with other requests or questions may contact the Court Clerk’s office by phone at (580) 223-5253.