Court & Detention Services Jury Duty FAQ (2023)

  • I lost my jury summons and I am not sure where I was summoned to serve.

  • I lost my jury summons for the City of Dallas Municipal Court. What can I do?

  • How can I request to reschedule my jury duty?

  • Can I turn in my paperwork online?

  • Where do I mail my paperwork back to?

  • How do I know the qualifications and exemptionsfor jury service?

  • Where can I find parking and do I get reimbursed for parking?

  • Where can I find restaurants for breakfast or lunch?

  • Does the Court have a security check?

  • What types of cases might I hear?

  • Can I use my electronics?

  • Do I get paid for jury duty?

  • I live in Dallas but in Collin or Denton County. Do I still have to come to jury duty?


I lost my jury summons and I am not sure where I was summoned to serve.

The City of Dallas Municipal Court summons will be in letter form (Click for an example).The Dallas area has multiple places where you can be summoned for jury duty, including but not limited to: City of Dallas Municipal Court, Dallas County Court, and Federal Court. Since the City of Dallas Municipal Court is a separate entity from County and Federal government, we cannot determine if you need to show up for one of them. If you rememberthe address or the name of the court, you may be able to figure outwhere you were supposed to be. Below are websites for otherjury duty services:

Dallas County Federal Court

I lost my jury summons for the City of Dallas Municipal Court. What can I do?

  • Call 214-670-0109 and ask to start a service request. A clerk from the jury department will contact you back.
  • The clerk will look up the date you are to appear and provide that information to you.
  • When you show up for jury duty be sure to have a picture ID available.
  • You will fill out a blank jury summons as arecord you showed up for jury duty.

How can I request to reschedule my jury duty?

Please write on the summons"please reschedule me", sign it,and mail it back to:

City of Dallas Municipal Court

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Attn: Jury Duty

2014 Main ST.

Dallas, TX, 75201-4406

Last-minute cancellation requests should also follow this procedure. Your name will most likely be randomly selected again anywhere from 3 months to 18 months after you send back your request.

Can I turn in my paperwork online?

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have an online option. All paperwork must be mailed or brought into the Court.

If you have paperwork that says you can fill it outonline, you are on the wrong website.

Where do I mail my paperwork?

All jurypaperwork is sent to:

City of Dallas Municipal Court

Attn: Jury Duty

2014 Main ST.

Dallas, TX, 75201-4406

How do I know thequalifications and exemptionsfor jury service?

DISQUALIFICATIONS:

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1. I am not a resident of the city of Dallas, Texas, and notqualified to vote in the city elections under the constitution and laws of Texas. I am a resident of ____________________________________________


2. I am not able to read or write.


3. I have been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor theft, or I am under indictment or legal accusation for a felony or any misdemeanor theft.


4. I have served as a petit juror for 6 days during the last 3 months in the county or for 6 days during the last 6 months in district court.

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5. This person is deceased.


If you are not qualified, check the appropriate box on your jury summons, sign, and date, and return to the address shown on the top of your summons. You do not need to appear. You will not receive confirmation from Jury Services unless additional information is required.

EXEMPTIONS:

1. I am over seventy (70) years of age.

2. I have legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age, and service would necessitate leaving that child without supervision, or I am the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself.

3. I am a student at a public secondary school, or I am enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher learning.

4. I am chronically ill, infirm, immobilized, or have an impairment of sight or hearing that would make it difficult or impossible for me to serve.

5. I have served on the municipal court petit jury during the last twelve (12) months.

6. I am an officer of the legislative branch of the state government.

7. I am a member of the United States military forces on active duty and deployed to a location away from the home station and outside of Dallas County.


If you wish to claim an exemption, check the appropriate box on your jury summons, sign, and date, and return to the address shown on the top of your summons. You do not need to appear. You will not receive confirmation from Jury Services unless additional information is required.

Where can I find parking and do I get reimbursed for parking?

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages.

An alternative to parking would be to take DART. Your summons will allow you to ride on DART for free to the courthouse. At juror check-in, you may request afree return pass for DART. At the end of jury service, you will receive the DART pass. We are just a few blocks away from the DART light rail (Nearest DART Rail Station: St. Paul Station).

Where can I find restaurants for breakfast or lunch?

Restaurants

What is appropriate attire in the Court building?

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All persons entering a courtroom shall be clean and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the court. Examples of appropriate attire:

  • Slacks, non-ripped jeans, and pantsuits;
  • Collared Shirts;
  • Dresses and skirts.

Unacceptable attire includes:

  • Shorts or cutoffs;
  • Pants worn below the waistline (drooping/saggy pants);
  • Flip flop style shoes;
  • T-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, tube tops, and halter tops;
  • Athletic/gymnasium attire;
  • Caps and hats;
  • Clothing indicating gang affiliation or containing offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, or obscene language;
  • Shirts that are not tucked in.

Does the Court have a security check?

There is a metal detector and x-ray machine at the entrance to the court building. Any item building security believes can be used as a weapon will not be allowed. Please see “items are prohibited in the Court Building”.

What types of cases might I hear?

The types of cases you will hear are class C misdemeanors. Examples but not limited to: code violations, speeding tickets, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and unrestrained animals.

Can I use my electronics?

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Yes. However, all electronic devices must be turned off always when jurors are present in the courtroom or jury deliberation room.

Do I get paid for jury duty?

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages. Jurors that are not disqualified or exempt will receive a check for $6.00 via mail for their service that can either be donated to the School Crossing Guard Program, or retained as reimbursement for jury duty.

I live in Dallas but in Collin or Denton County. Do I still have to come to jury duty?

Yes. If you reside in the City limits of Dallas, no matter which county you are in, you are required to show up for the City of Dallas Petit Jury.

FAQs

What happens if you don't respond to jury duty questionnaire NY? ›

Yes; failure to respond to a jury questionnaire could result in fines or other penalties. You should respond by visiting the court in person and showing the clerk your passport, or by mailing in the form with a copy of your passport.

How do I know if I've been excused from jury duty Florida? ›

You may check on the status of your request through the Automated Jury Information System (AJIS) by calling (866) 313-2350 after five to seven business days have passed since you sent the request.

What happens if you miss jury duty in Connecticut? ›

3. What happens if I do not report for jury service? Not going to court on the date you have been summoned for jury service is a violation of state law and you may be ordered to pay a fine. 4.

Why have I been selected for jury service? ›

You have been called for jury service because the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) randomly chose your name from the electoral register of everyone eligible for jury service.

What disqualifies you from jury duty in NY? ›

ONE IS NOT QUALIFIED TO SERVE AS A JUROR IF:

If you have served on jury duty within the past 4 years. If you have been convicted of a felony. If you are under the age of 18 years.

At what age do you no longer have to serve jury duty in NY? ›

Jurors must be at least 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. If you believe that you cannot serve for an age-related reason, contact your local Commissioner of Jurors Office to discuss possible accommodations or excusal.

What excuses are excused from jury duty in Florida? ›

You may request exemption from jury duty if you meet any of the following criteria: Persons 70 years of age or older. Expectant mothers. Persons not employed full-time who are responsible for the care of an infirmed or disabled family member.

What's a good excuse to not go to jury duty? ›

You can only be excused from jury duty for:

Medical reasons. Public necessity. Undue hardship. Dependent care.

Can you wear jeans to jury duty in Florida? ›

Appropriate business attire is required. Please note: casual attire, including T-shirts, shorts, jeans or flip flops are not allowed.

How much is the fine for missing jury duty in CT? ›

You're taking the time to be here, other people should too." In Connecticut, jurors who fail to appear for court face a $121 fine and if the 77,878 delinquent jurors had paid a fine over the past three years, the state would have had a $9.4 million windfall.

How many times can you postpone jury duty? ›

Jury service can only be deferred once. Applications to be excused from jury services are only considered in exceptional circumstances. You also have the right to be excused from jury service if you have previously served or attended to serve on a jury in the previous 2 years.

How many times can you postpone jury duty Connecticut? ›

(b) Such summons or notice shall also state the fact that a juror has a right to one postponement of the juror's term of juror service for not more than ten months and may contain any other information and instructions deemed appropriate by the Jury Administrator.

What are the chances of being called for jury duty? ›

The chances of being called for jury service at least once in your lifetime are around 40%. The general rule is that you must do jury service when you are sent a jury summons, but you may be allowed to delay it for up to 12 months.

Is jury selection random? ›

Choosing the jury

The court uses numbers not names when selecting jurors. At the start of the trial, the court clerk randomly selects jury panel numbers.

How are people chosen for jury service? ›

Juror Selection

Each district court randomly selects citizens' names from lists of registered voters and people with drivers licenses who live in that district. The people randomly selected complete a questionnaire to help determine if they are qualified to serve on a jury.

Can you say no to jury service? ›

The Courts Service doesn't automatically know your circumstances or your job. You might have a right to be excused from jury service, but you must claim that right. You need to ask to be excused when you complete the form of return.

How long is jury duty? ›

Jury service will typically last one day or the length of one trial. Jury service does not end at a specific time of day, so please plan on serving the entire day. Whether or not you serve on a jury trial, your jury service for that day will be recognized as fulfilling your obligation for one year.

Who is disqualified from being a juror? ›

You have in the last 10 years: served any part of a sentence of imprisonment or detention; received a suspended sentence of imprisonment or a suspended order for detention.

Whats oldest you can be on a jury service? ›

Excuses from Jury Service

Such groups may include persons over age 70; persons who have, within the past two years, served on a federal jury; and persons who serve as volunteer fire fighters or members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.

What happens if you skip jury duty? ›

The issuing court can send a missing juror a failure to appear notice. This notice demands the juror appear in court. If no response is made to the notice, the court can impose a fine. It will also issue an order to show cause.

Are over 70s exempt from jury service? ›

A juror must be registered to vote. A juror must be aged between 18 and 70 years. Although this paper does not raise the issue there are currently many who are eligible but are not registered to vote and are not called for jury service.

How often can you be called for jury duty in Florida? ›

Prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Driver Licenses Database of US citizens who are residents of Broward County and are 18 years of age or older. Jurors may serve only once in a calendar year.

How many hours is jury duty in Florida? ›

How long is jury service? In Florida jurors serve for the duration of the trial, generally only one day, unless otherwise directed by a Judge.

Do I get paid for jury duty? ›

While the majority of jury trials last less than a week, jurors can receive up to $60 a day after serving 10 days on a trial. (Employees of the federal government are paid their regular salary in lieu of this fee.) Jurors also are reimbursed for reasonable transportation expenses and parking fees.

What can you bring to jury duty Florida? ›

You are allowed and should bring a novel, a magazine or newspaper, a deck of cards, a puzzle book, or work to do. You can bring your cell phone, but will not be allowed to use it for phone calls in the Jury Assembly Room.

How do you dress to win a jury? ›

However, the same idea remains central: go professional and conservative. That means choosing a professional, modest-looking dress, a pantsuit, a long skirt with a professional blouse, or slacks and a modest sweater. Being modest is very important. Be as conservative as possible when choosing an outfit.

What kind of questions are asked during voir dire? ›

Each voir dire begins with questions about the jurors' background and case-related experiences, and builds toward more sensitive questions about jurors' attitudes toward your client and the key issues in your case.

Can jury service be Cancelled? ›

If you cannot perform jury service on the dates outlined in your summons letter, you can ask to change the date of service to another date within the next 12 months. You can only ask to change the date you would sit on a jury once. You must provide a good reason for requesting a change in service date.

How much do you get paid for jury duty CT? ›

Full time employed jurors (those normally required to work at least 30 hours per week) are paid their regular wages by their employers for the first 5 days of jury service. Beginning on the 6th day of jury service, all jurors are paid $50.00 per day by the state, regardless of their employment status.

Can you get out of jury service twice? ›

It is not usually possible to defer your service twice unless you have a significant new reason. You can continue booking holidays or arranging other events as normal; you do not need to let us know about these. Sometimes we get more replies from qualified jurors than we need.

Do I have to go back to work after jury service? ›

An employee called for jury service should tell their employer as soon as possible that they have been summoned, when they will need time off and if possible how much. If the employee is not needed at court then they should return to work unless something different has been agreed upon beforehand.

Can you be called for jury service more than once? ›

The MoJ says: “The court will always call more people than may be needed to ensure they have enough people when the juries are being picked. Most jurors are called for approximately 10 working days. During this time you could sit on a number of juries covering a wide range of trials; however this cannot be guaranteed.”

Is CT jury duty Cancelled? ›

Notwithstanding the fact that our jury system still sends out jury summonses, all jury service is suspended until May 31, 2021. If you have been summoned for jury service, please be advised that your service has been cancelled and that you should not report.

How accurate are jurors? ›

The verdicts only matched in 77 percent of cases. The study assumed that judges are at least as likely as a jury to make a correct verdict, leading to the conclusion that juries are only correct 87 percent of the time or less.

Why are there most likely 12 jurors? ›

The 12-person jury is a tradition tracing back to at least 1066, when William the Conqueror brought the practice of trial-by-jury in civil and criminal cases to England. Initially, jurors were more like witnesses in that they were picked because they knew something about the facts at issue.

Can jurors go home during trial? ›

Sequestration is rare, and becoming less common, due to the expense and concerns about the impact on jury members. In most trials that last more than a single day, jurors are instead sent home for the night with instructions to isolate themselves from inappropriate influence until they return and the trial resumes.

What do a jurors swear an oath? ›

The Affirmation is as follows: Do you solemnly, sincerely and truly affirm and declare that you will conscientiously try the charges against the Defendant, and you will decide them according to the evidence. You will also not disclose anything about the Jury's deliberation other than as required by law.

Who is higher judge or jury? ›

In federal court, the jury decides the verdict. It's the judge's job to act as referee, ruling on issues of law before and during the trial. Federal judges keep up to date on many laws and rules such as: Federal Laws.

Do you have to fill out jury duty questionnaire NY? ›

The questionnaires are used to determine who is qualified to serve as a juror. You must complete the form either by completing the on-line eJuror questionnaire or filling out the paper questionnaire, signing it and returning it in the envelope provided within ten (10) days.

Why did I get a juror qualification questionnaire NY? ›

Juror Qualification Questionnaires are sent to people randomly selected from the voter rolls (these are not to be confused with the update cards found at the back of the Summons to Jury Duty). The questionnaires are used to determine who is qualified to serve jury duty.

What happens if a jury Cannot reach a decision? ›

If the jury cannot agree on a verdict on one or more counts, the court may declare a mistrial on those counts. A hung jury does not imply either the defendant's guilt or innocence. The government may retry any defendant on any count on which the jury could not agree."

Who is exempt from jury duty? ›

There are three groups that are exempt from federal jury service: members of the armed forces on active duty; members of professional fire and police departments; and. "public officers" of federal, state or local governments, who are actively engaged full-time in the performance of public duties.

How do you get out of jury duty? ›

You may be excused from jury duty if you are: a person 70 years of age or older. a minister of the Gospel or a member of a religious order of any denomination, actively so engaged on a full-time status. an actively practicing attorney, physician or dentist.

What are the chances of being asked to do jury duty? ›

The chances of being called for jury service at least once in your lifetime are around 40%. The general rule is that you must do jury service when you are sent a jury summons, but you may be allowed to delay it for up to 12 months.

What are the reasons to exclude a potential juror? ›

For example, a juror can be dismissed for cause if he or she is a close relative of one of the parties or one of the lawyers, or if he or she works for a company that is part of the lawsuit. Each lawyer may request the dismissal of an unlimited number of jurors for cause.

What happens if only one juror disagrees? ›

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If even one member of the jury panel disagrees with the rest, the jury is hung. A “hung jury” results in either: a mistrial (which means the case may be retried with a new jury), a plea bargain to a reduced charge that carries a lesser sentence, or.

Can a juror decline? ›

A person can decide not to serve if he is older than 65, is in bad health, or is a full-time student. The court must be notified of these circumstances. Also, if a person's circumstances are such that jury duty would cause hardship, contact the sheriff and explain.

What happens if not all jurors agree? ›

Criminal cases

All the jurors must agree on the decision or verdict – their decision must be unanimous. If they cannot all agree, the judge may discharge the jury and direct a new jury to be chosen for a new trial.

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