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Directions regarding jury duty:

You must serve on a jury unless you (1) are not qualified to serve; (2) claim an exemption from jury service; or (3) are excused from serving by the court.

The general qualifications for jury service and the exemptions from jury service are listed on the "Qualifications and Exemptions" tab. If you do not meet the qualifications for jury service, please check the qualification(s) you do not meet and then enter your name on the form to certify that you are disqualified and submit. The form will be sent to the District Clerk's office. If you choose to claim an exemption from jury service, please circle the appropriate exemption(s) and then sign the form to certify that you are entitled to the exemption(s) or please go to the "Qualifications and Exemptions" tab and check the exemption and enter your name on the form to certify that you are disqualified and submit. You may also return either of these forms to the District Clerk's office in the pre-paid envelope.

Please complete the "juror questionnaire" either online or the form that was mailed to you and return to us in the envelope that you received with the jury summons. If you return a disqualification or exemption(s) you do not have to appear for jury service. If you are not disqualified and you are not claiming any exemption(s), then you must report for jury duty. You may ask a judge to consider excusing you from jury service for a reason other than that you are disqualified or exempt at that time.

Failure to Answer Summons and Penalties: A person who fails to comply with the summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 not more than $1,000 (Gov't Code, Section 62.0141). additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $500 if the person:(1) fails to attend court in obedience to the summons without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Gov't Code, Section 62.111).

Proper clothing required: All prospective jurors should dress in clothing befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings. Do not wear shorts, cut-offs, tank or halter tops, or shirts with slogans on them. Persons dressed inappropriately will not be allowed in the courtroom.

Do not bring cellular phones. Cellular phones are not allowed in the courtrooms.

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)