Bates County Circuit Court Implements new System for prospective Jurors

The Bates County Circuit Court will mail new Show-Me Jury questionnaires starting April 27, 2021, for jury service beginning May 19, 2021.

“A big benefit to the public will be the ease of contacting and communicating with the courts, and in particular, the jury supervisor’s office,” Shelli White, Circuit Clerk, said. “Although Show-Me Jury is not completely paperless, it allows our potential jurors to do more online and choose how they want the court to let them know if they have been excused or disqualified for serving or if their service has been postponed or canceled. It really has made jury service so much more convenient for our citizens.”

Here is how Missouri’s new Show-Me Jury system works:

  • When potential jurors receive the questionnaire, they now can go online at to complete their juror qualification forms.
  • Potential jurors who believe they are not qualified for jury service under state law can follow the online instructions to submit their necessary documentation electronically.

For potential jurors who do not have access to a computer or who prefer not to communicate information electronically, they may call the Circuit Clerk’s office at (660) 679-5171 to request paper copies of necessary documents.

Missouri courts do not require anyone to provide confidential information over the telephone call or by e-mail. The Show-Me Jury system is designed to give citizens a choice how they want to communicate with their local courts about potential jury service. Any telephone call or e-mail threatening the recipient with fines or jail time for failure to comply are fraudulent, are in no way connected with Missouri courts and should be reported to local law enforcement officials.

“Juries are a hallmark of the American justice system, and we truly appreciate the willingness of our citizens to serve as jurors,” White said. “Through the Show-Me Jury system, we hope to make that service much easier and more convenient.”