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We have reviewed your completed qualification questionnaire and have determined that you are qualified as a juror based on U.S. citizenship; ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language; age and status of health.

As a qualifed summoned juror, you will be "on call" for a period of one month. Although you are on call, you may only be required to appear one to three times. The number of times vary depending on the needs of the court.

Along with your initial summons, you will receive an instruction sheet with additional information. It will list specific days of service and the 800 number to call for final instructions.

Our summons are mailed up to one month in advance. At the time that these are mailed, consideration is given as to how many jurors could possibly be needed based upon how many jury trials are currently scheduled to begin on that day. Many things can change during the course of a month, i.e., cases plead, cases settle, cases continue, etc., therefore, you may not have to report on the day you had been instructed to.

It is important that you call the automated telephone message each weekend as indicated on your instruction sheet, to insure that your services will still be needed on that day. Your failure to call that telephone number may prohibit you from being paid if you appear for selection and the message had indicated that your services were not needed on that day.

Should you request to be excused from or postpone your jury service, you must place your request in writing no less than two weeks prior to the summons date to the jury office. Your letter must be received well in advance of your scheduled jury service date. Please address all requests and supporting documentation to the following address:

Clerk's Office—Jury Section
United States District Court
400 E. 9th Street, Room 2310
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Requests for excuse based upon employment will not be given consideration if that request is made by the employer. The request must come from the juror. Jury duty is a personal matter, and as such we must know that the request is being made by the employee and not being coerced by the employer.

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