Is jury duty an obligation or an honor? The answer is that it is both. "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense." U.S. Constitution 6th Amendment. Further in civil cases, "In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. " U.S. Constitution, 7th Amendment. Both are applicable to the States through the 14 Amendment Due Process Clause.
All citizens, age 18 and above, who reside in DuPage County and understand the English language are eligible for jury service. There are no occupational or student exemptions. In DuPage County, the jury commission can be found at www.dupageco.org/jury, or by calling 630-407-8904.