Frequently Asked Questions

The Jury Office address is:

Kankakee County Jury Coordinator
Kankakee County Courthouse
450 E. Court
Kankakee, IL 60901

Jury Duty Contact:
Diane Neese
Jury Coordinator
Phone: 815-936-5775

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Personal information about you that is contained in your written responses to the Juror Questionnaire Form will not be released to persons other than the parties and their counsel. Your questionnaire forms will remain confidential, consistent with their intended use and consistent with the constitutional and statutory rights of the parties.

The Courts start new juries each week. You will be advised of the length of the trial by the Judge when you are sent to courtroom for jury selection. During the selection process, please let the Judge know if you have a scheduling conflict.

To find out if you need to report for Jury Duty, please logon to or call (815) 936-8400 the Friday before your service date after 5:00 p.m. for your reporting time. A message will advise you whether you are required to report, when, or not to report, have your juror number and electronic signature number available. You may also view Jury Duty information by logging onto the i-Juror Information Website by clicking on this link.

If you feel you may experience a justifiable hardship on the date you have been asked to appear that might prevent or defer your jury service, *** YOU MUST CALL (815) 936-5775 *** as soon as you receive this summons and discuss the situation with the jury coordinator or email

*** NOTE: Leaving a voice message or email does not excuse you from jury duty. ***

Occasionally due to snow storms or other reasons, The Court will delay opening of the building, postpone to a different day, or cancel jury service. The phone message system and website will be updated with the same information contingent on courthouse staff access to the system. Local radio station's will have updated closure information as well.

You may park in the county lots located on the southeast and southwest corners of Merchant St. and Harrison Ave. or Station St. and Harrison Ave. if space is available. DO NOT park in the reserved spots or a no parking zone. Your vehicle will be towed at your expense.

The courthouse doors open at 8:30AM. Allow sufficient time to walk from the parking lot and proceed through the juror entrance via the handicap accessible ramp. This entrance is located on the southwest corner of the building and pass through the security check. Please refer to the section "WHAT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS ARE REQUIRED OF ME" for further security information including those items NOT allowed in the courthouse.

Bring the badge from your summons.

Jury selection can take several hours depending on the nature of the trial. You may bring reading material and cell phones/laptops. Be prepared to sit for several hours while the judge and attorneys prepare for jury selection and then begin the questioning process to select the jury members. It is possible, but not likely, that jury selection will last through normal lunch time.

Dress appropriately for being in a Courtroom. Business attire is appropriate, as is casual business attire. Do not report in muscle shirts, shorts, sandals, or in any attire which would be inappropriate for a Courtroom.
Courthouse Entrance View

All jurors are selected for service by a computer system that randomly selects individuals from a list provided by the State of Illinois of county residents who hold a drivers license, a voters registration card, a state identification card, a disabled persons identification card, or who are receiving unemployment compensation.

To qualify for Jury Service you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • Over the age of 18
  • A resident of Kankakee County

All requests for excuse or deferral must be submitted to the Jury Coordinator and approved.
You may be disqualified if:
  • You have a physical or mental disability that would interfere with service
  • You are under a sentence imposed for an offense in Kankakee County
  • You have served as a juror in Kankakee County in the past year
  • You are currently serving in active duty in the military
  • Active case(s) pending in your name in Kankakee County. This would include being on court supervision, parole, probation, or any other court monitored sentence.

Because of the random selection process, some names are selected every year or so, and some never are.

Yes, you may bring your cell phone or laptop into the courthouse on your first reporting day. Please note: when jurors are sent to a courtroom they MUST leave their electronics in the basement jury assembly area (free lockers provided). Electronics in the courtrooms are prohibited.

Kankakee County provides compensation for jurors for their service. Currently, the rate for jury service is $10.00 for the first day served and $15.00 for each day served after the first day. Mileage is paid at 0.67 cents per mile.

You will be mailed a check for your jury service once your service is complete.

Businesses are not required to pay you for jury service. However, many pay their employees for performing this civic duty. You should contact your Human Resources Office for guidance.

Employers are prohibited from discharging you from your job due to jury duty. However, certain provisions apply for smaller employers. You should contact your Human Resources Office for guidance. The Jury Office can explain the provisions further. Employers who violate these statutory protections are subject to summary violations and fines.

In Kankakee County, Grand Juries are convened to determine whether or not sufficient facts and evidence exist to file charges. Petit Juries are convened to decide questions of fact in civil and criminal cases and to reach decisions in conjunction with those findings. These juries consist of 6 to 12 person plus alternates.

When you enter the southwest juror entrance, you will be required to go through a magnetometer. All briefcases, purses, and packages will be X-rayed by security.

The following items are prohibited in the building:
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Chemical sprays
  • Large scissors
  • Metal belts
  • Work tools
  • Cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Audio recorders
  • Metal Point Tipped Umbrellas
Please let security know if you have any medical equipment you need to bring inside.

There are no childcare services available at the Kankakee County Courthouse. Please make arrangements to have your child(ren) cared for. Do NOT bring them with you for service.

If you are in need of special assistance, hearing assistance devices or need services required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Jury Commission Office as soon as you receive your notice to appear by calling (815) 936-5775 or sending an email to

The Court’s jury website,, has additional information about jury service and reporting instructions.

Or, consult