You must report for jury service unless you: (1) claim an exemption;(2)are disqualified;(3) or choose to postpone your service.
To claim an Exemption: Circle the exemption(s) that you claim, Sign the form. Mail or take the form to the correct office (see sample summons card above). NOTE: You do not have to claim an exemption and may instead choose to serve.
If you are Disqualified: Circle the qualification(s) that you do not meet. Sign the form. Mail or take the form to the correct office (see sample summons card above). NOTE: If you claim to be disqualified because you are not a Texas citizen or a resident of this county, you may become ineligible to vote in this county.
To Postpone your Service (District Court Summons Only): Contact the District Clerk's office at (361)790-0128 before your scheduled date of service.
If you choose to wait until the day of service to postpone or be excused from jury service ONLY the Judge may excuse/postpone you from service. Unless you claim one of the listed exemptions or disqualifications.
Right to Reemployment: A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose employment is
terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee,
as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return.
(Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001)
Failure to Answer Summons and Penalties: A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 if the person: (1) fails to attend court in obedience to this summons without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code, Section 62.111. See also Code of Criminal Procedures, article 35.01)
Proper Clothing Required: All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings.
If your Jury Card is multiple pages on plain paper and has the text of the above picture please follow these instructions:
Jury duty for Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM has been CANCELLED. No further action is required on your part.
Jury duty for Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM has been CANCELLED. No further action is required on your part.
If your Jury Card is multiple pages on plain paper and has the text of above picture please follow these instructions:
If you were summoned for jury duty for Monday, January 06, 2020 please arrive no later than 9:00 AM. The entrance to the District Courtroom is down the right hallway; first set of double doors. Please enter through front doors of the building at 2840 Highway 35 N; the Old Ace Hardware. Bring your whole card, a pen, and please dress appropriately (shorts, cut-offs, pajamas, and similar attire will not be allowed into the courtroom). Do not bring cellphones into the courtroom, they will be confiscated, and returned at the end of the day, if they go off during, or disrupt court proceedings.
If your Jury Card is green and looks like the above picture please follow these instructions:
No jury duty information is available.
If your Jury Card is blue and looks like the above picture please follow these instructions: