"The men and women who are called upon to serve on juries in both our federal and state courts have maintained a standard of fairness and excellence throughout the history of our country. They have demonstrated a vision and a will toward the administration of justice that is a wellspring of inspiration."
-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren (1962)
Process and Procedures for Jury duty:
- You will need to have your Juror Questionnaire completed before checking in.
- You will sign-in with a court clerk after the Court Bailiff opens the doors.
- You will be summoned to the Courtroom if selected for jury duty.
- You will be required to adhere to the Municipal Court Rules and Dress Code
Per Texas Government Code 62.102, a juror:
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must be a citizen of the United States.
- Must be a resident of this state and of the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
- Must be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
- Must be of sound mind and good moral character.
- Must be able to read and write.
- Must not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in a district court.
- Must not have been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony.
- Must not be under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony
Per Texas Government Code 62.106, a juror may establish an exemption from jury service if the person:
- is over 70 years of age;
- has legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age and the person’s service on the jury requires leaving the child without adequate supervision;
- is a student of a public or private secondary school;
- is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;
- is an officer or employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government;
- has served as a petite juror in the county during the 24 month period preceding the date the person is to appear;
- is the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself; or
- is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person’s home station and out of the person’s county of residence.