Mandated by Chapter 40, Florida Statutes, jurors are summoned at random from lists compiled by the State of Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Jury trials are conducted in court locations throughout the Seventh Judicial Circuit. The specific location where you are to report is included in your jury summons. If you fail to report for jury duty and have not obtained an excuse, you may be found in contempt of court. It is in your best interest to make every effort to appear.
In order to be eligible for jury duty you must:
Request for Excuse
The following persons, upon written request, may be excused from jury service at the discretion of a reviewing judge:
The following persons are disqualified from jury service:
All requests for excuse should be mailed to Clerk of the Circuit Court, Jury Management, in the county to which you’ve been summoned.
Jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror will not be compensated for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three days of jury service. Regular employment includes full-time employment and part-time, temporary and casual employment. Each juror who serves more than three days will be paid by the state for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter at the rate of $30 per day.
Before reporting for jury duty, please ascertain the policy of your employer concerning payment of wages while on jury duty.
TERM OF SERVICE
If you are scheduled to report on a Monday, it is possible your term of service will be for Monday only, or, if you are selected as a juror, for the completion of one trial (most trials are completed in 1-3 days). A person who has reported as a prospective juror is exempt from jury service for one year from the last day of service.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate on jury duty, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please follow the instructions on your jury summons to obtain necessary assistance.
Trial by jury is a right guaranteed under the United States and Florida Constitutions. It is the duty of every citizen to serve when called to do so.
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