Jurors typically have a 9:00 a.m. report time. If a jury panel is not needed or you are not chosen to serve on a jury panel, you will most likely be dismissed within a couple of hours. Jurors selected to be on a panel will be required to serve for the duration of a trial.
The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to a trial by an impartial jury. The jurors must unanimously agree that the defendant is or is not guilty of the offense alleged.
Payment for Jury Services
If you actually serve on the jury, you will be paid $6 per day for each day you actually serve. Most cases in a municipal court are concluded within a few hours. Your employer is not required to pay you for the time away from work while serving on jury duty. However, an employer is prohibited by law from firing any employee for serving as a juror.
Government Code Section 62.102
A Municipal Court Juror Must Be
A Person Cannot Serve On a Jury If
If you have any questions about whether or not you qualify to serve as a juror, please notify the Judge prior to the trial.
Exemptions from Jury Service
You may be excused from jury service if
You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice.
All persons entering a courtroom shall be clean and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the court. Unacceptable attire includes: shorts; cut-offs; pants worn below the waistline; flip flop style shoes; muscle shirts; tube tops; halter tops; athletic/gymnasium attire; tank tops; caps; hats; and clothing indicating gang affiliation or containing offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, or obscene language.
If you have any questions, please contact the Municipal Court at 817-426-9220.