Juror Information

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The Importance of Jury Duty
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.

How Jurors are Selected

Jurors are selected at random from a list of voter registrations and a list of driver registrations from the city in which they live.

Duties of a Juror

As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.

Eligibility

To be qualified to serve as a juror you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a citizen of this state and a resident of the county in which you are to serve as a juror
  • be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror (Note: You do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote)
  • be of sound mind and good moral character
  • be able to read and write
  • 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 the district court
  • not have been convicted of, or be under indictment or other legal accusation for, misdemeanor theft or a felony.
Persons that can be Exempted
  • You are over 70 years of age.
  • You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
  • You are a student at a public or private high school.
  • You are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education.
  • You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government.
  • You are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself. (This exemption does not apply to you if you are a primary caretaker only in your capacity as a health care worker.)
  • You are a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.

Who Can Have A Jury Trial

Any person charged with a criminal violation has the right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.