There are three types of jury service; Grand Jury, Petit Jury and Civil Jury. The Grand Jury is selected each January and July and serves for a six- month term. Grand Juries inquire into all capital offenses triable within the parish. It may inquire into other offenses when requested to do so by the district attorney or ordered to do so by the court.
A Petit Jury is a jury which tries a defendant. The Clerk of Court and other members of the parish Jury Commission draw a list of names to be called for petit jury duty when instructed to do so by the District Judge.
A Civil Jury is the drawn the same as Petit Jury and must have the same qualifications. A Civil Jury will only hear civil cases.
A person may be excused from jury service if:
- He/She has served on a Grand Jury or a Petit Jury anytime during the previous two years.
- He/She is 70 years of age or older.
- Service would result in undue hardship or extreme inconvenience.