This page is designed to give you important information about the Jury and Witness Department of the Clerk’s Office, including jury service. We hope you find it helpful. If we can be of service, please give us a call at (904) 255-2087. While jury duty can interfere with work or family life, many who serve find it a fulfilling and interesting experience. Jury service is fundamental to our American system of justice and is a civic duty required by law.
The goal of our department is to summons qualified jurors made up of a fair cross-section of the community to constitute a legal Jury Pool for the civil and criminal courts of Duval County. This includes working people, retirees, and men and women of different social backgrounds.
The right to a trial by jury is one of the principles guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. If selected, jurors serve for one trial. Service can vary depending on the type of case, and the number days served might not be consecutive.
Online Juror Check-In
Duval County jurors may now check in online to perform several common tasks. Jurors may update contact information, request postponements or excusals and confirm service by visiting our juror webpage.
Before the report date shown on your summons, please check in online to complete the Juror Questionnaire. You may also apply for postponements, deferrals and excusals using this online system. Helpful information may be found in the frequently asked questions section, below.
Be sure to call the phone system the weekend before your service.
If you received a jury Summons and did not receive a postponement or excusal, please call (904) 255-2212 any time on the weekend before your scheduled date to report. A recorded message will tell you whether you will need to report. If you do not hear a message, or if the telephone recording is not in operation, report for jury service on the date and time indicated on your Summons.
Please note that you will not be released from jury duty until you have completed one of the following:
- You have served as a juror on a trial
- You have appeared for service and were not selected as a juror
- You called the automated phone system and were notified that your service is not needed
If you fail to appear as directed, you may be fined $100, found in contempt of court, and ordered to appear for service.
Where to Report for Jury Duty
Report to the Duval County Courthouse, which is located at:
Duval County Courthouse
501 West Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Please report to the Duval County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, Room 2379 (follow signs to the second floor). Please feel free to bring reading material, laptops, tablets, etc for downtime.
Parking for Jurors
We offer convenient parking for jurors in the Courthouse Garage, right across the street from the courthouse. It’s located at the corner of Adams and Clay streets. Please note that there is no parking available for motorcycles in the Courthouse Garage.
The garage opens at 5:20 a.m. and will be available for jurors throughout the duration of your service. Please proceed to the 5th, 6th or 7th levels of the garage or as directed by garage attendants. The garage is shown on the map below as point A, roughly at 125 N. Clay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please note that the Clay Street entrance is the only entrance into the garage.
Duty of Jury Service
The right to trial by jury is one of the fundamental American rights guaranteed by our state and federal constitutions. It is the duty of every citizen to preserve this right by serving as a juror when called upon. It is important to understand that failure to comply with a jury summons can result in a $100 fine and contempt of court charges. Potential jurors are drawn at random from the State of Florida's driver's license lists for Duval County in accordance with Florida Statute 40.011.
The basic requirements for being eligible for jury duty are as follows:
- U.S. citizenship
- Resident of Duval county
- Minimum of 18 years of age
Also used are the names of individuals 18 and older who hold identification cards issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Candidates also include non-driving residents who voluntarily choose to submit affidavits offering their names for possible use in the compiling of jury lists.
To protect the integrity of the jury process, we hope you will understand that we cannot allow newspapers in the Jury Assembly Room. If you are selected to serve on a trial, all electronic devices will also be removed before jury deliberations begin. The judge may also remove them at other stages of a trial. At the beginning of the trial, the judge should advise the jury panel about the removal of electronic devices.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Notice
If you have a disability and need special accommodations to serve, please contact Court Administration at (904) 255-1695 within two business days of receiving your juror summons. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call (800) 955-8771.
Exemptions and Disqualifications
Jurors are allowed two postponements not to exceed six months from the initial reporting date, depending on availability.
Section 40.013 of the Florida Statutes gives the reasons a person may be excused from jury service. Exemptions are broken down into two categories: Optional Exemptions and Mandatory Disqualified Exemptions. For either type of exemption, please follow the directions in the "Juror Excusal Statement" portion of your summons.
You can be excused for one of the optional reasons only if you ask to be excused. Under the penalty of perjury, you may request to be excused from jury service if you are:
- An expectant mother
- 70 years old or older
- A parent not employed full time with a child under six years old
- Someone who has served as juror in Duval County within the last 12 months
- The sole unpaid caregiver of a person who is incapacitated mentally or physically
- A full-time federal, state or local law enforcement officer or investigator employed by a law enforcement agency
Mandatory Disqualified Exemption
You must be excused if you are:
- Younger than 18 years old
- Not a citizen of the United States
- Currently serving as governor, lieutenant governor, cabinet officer, clerk of the court or judge
- A convicted felon and your civil rights have not been restored
- Someone who has been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored
- Currently under prosecution for a crime
- Currently on probation/parole
- No longer a resident of Duval County
- Not a citizen of the United States
Examination of Juror or "Voir dire"
Once prospective jurors are impaneled in a case, the judge and the lawyers will ask about their backgrounds. These questions are not intended to embarrass jurors. They are designed to help lawyers decide which jurors to select. Jurors may sometimes feel that they cannot be impartial in a certain case. If this is true for you, be sure to bring it to the attention of the judge, even if the questions you were asked did not address the issue.
If you are excused from a jury, you should not take it personally. When jurors are excused, it means only that there are proper and lawful reasons for the excusal.
Types of Trials
Cases that come before a trial jury, or Petit Jury, are divided into two general classes: civil and criminal.
In a civil trial, parties in a dispute come to court to have a jury determine their respective rights. One party usually seeks relief or compensation for a loss or injury that they claim was caused by the actions of the opposing party. The party that files the lawsuit or brings an action against another is called the Plaintiff. The person against whom the action is brought is the Defendant.
In a criminal trial, on the other hand, the party that brings the actions against others is the State of Florida, represented by a prosecutor from the State Attorney's Office. The Defendant is the person accused of violating the law.
Length of Service
The first day of service is normally limited to jury selection for trials that will be held during that week. Jurors selected to serve on a case will be asked to return and serve on the dates of that trial. Most trials last one to two days.
Compensation for Jury Duty
Florida law determines juror compensation. If a person continues to receive regular wages while serving as a juror, the state will not compensate that person for the first three days of jury service.
You are entitled to a $15 per day payment (flat rate with no separate amount for mileage) from the state if you are:
- Regularly employed and not receiving wages while you're on jury duty
- Not Employed
- Self Employed
Any juror who serves beyond three days will receive $30 per day for the fourth day and any additional days, whether or not they are receiving wages from an employer. Approximately 10 days after completion of your jury service, a check will be mailed to you.
When you report or serve for jury service, we ask you to please dress appropriately. Casual clothes are not suitable for jury service. Jurors should wear business or business-casual attire. You also may want to bring a light jacket or sweater, as courtrooms are often cool. Military or other uniforms are also appropriate attire for both men and women. Beach attire, shorts, flip flops and tank tops are inappropriate attire for jury service.
Courthouse Security and Prohibited Items
For the safety of everyone, there are security screenings at the entrance of the Clerk’s Office and the courthouse. When entering the courthouse, you will be required to go through security screening. Please keep the following in mind.
- Everything you bring into the courthouse must be put in a tray and screened, including cell phones, laptops, books, magazines, etc.
- You will walk through a metal detector. If it beeps, security personnel will use a wand to determine the cause of the beep.
Do not bring weapons, glass or items that may be construed as weapons. Items prohibited in the courthouse include, but are not limited to:
- Glass containers (glass water bottles, glass beverage bottles, glass perfume bottles, glass food containers, etc.)
- Guns (stun, real, toy, lighter, etc.)
- Blades (pocket knives or any other knives, razors, scissors, shears, hair picks, pins, corkscrews, box cutters, scrapers, can openers, etc.)
- Chemicals (mace, pepper spray, hair spray, large perfume bottles, anything flammable, etc.)
- Impact weapons (knuckles, clubs, hammers, etc.)
- Restraining devices (straps, chains, handcuffs/keys)
- Syringes/needles (except for medical use only)
- Other potential weapons (files, knitting needles, nail clippers, letter openers, nail files, tweezers, silverware, night sticks/batons, flashlights longer than 3 inches, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and other tools).
- Miscellaneous (alcoholic beverage/containers, arm/leg spike bands, brass knuckles, medical instruments, locks, pipes/metal rods)
Please note that electronic devices are permitted in the courthouse. In order to preserve the integrity of the judicial process, jurors cannot have their electronic devices during their service in the courtroom while court is in session. Please be assured that your electronic devices will be secured by courtroom staff.
For your convenience, free wireless broadband Internet access is available to jurors, courtesy of the Duval County Courthouse. For more information, you may speak with a court administrator.
A cafeteria/snack bar is conveniently located near the Jury Assembly Room, on the second floor of the courthouse. Vending machines are available in the cafeteria/snack bar, so you may want to remember to bring change. Also, there are several restaurants within easy walking distance of the courthouse. If you prefer to bring your own lunch, a refrigerator and tables are available in the juror lounge.
About Jury Service
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not registered to vote. How was my name selected?
Your name was selected from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle files, not voter’s registration. This file includes all licensed drivers and people who possess a Florida Identification Card, are 18 years of age or older, and reside in Duval County. This list is updated each quarter and is sent to the Clerk’s Office.
How long will I be there?
You should plan to be at the courthouse for the entire day on the day you report for jury selection. Jury service in the State of Florida is for one day or the length of one trial. Some trials exceed one day.
Most juries are selected on the initial reporting day, and some trials will begin and end on the same day. The length of the trial will be discussed during the selection process. If you find that the length of the trial conflicts with a personal schedule, you’ll have the opportunity to explain this to the judge during the jury selection process.
Reporting for jury service will count as completing your duty for jury service, even if you are not selected to sit on a jury. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO SPEAK WITH THE QUALIFYING JUDGE AND GET EXCUSED, IT DOES NOT COUNT AS SERVING.
Keep in mind that it’s always best to bring any medication you might need and to arrange for family matters before you report for jury service.
I know I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what my spouse or I do for a living. Why not excuse me now and save time?
The Duval County Circuit and County Courts try both criminal and civil matters. The random selection process prevents you from knowing for what type of trial you may be selected for. Additionally, if the judge excuses you from a certain case, you may still be sent to another courtroom for selection.
I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused?
Please understand that Florida law does not provide for an excuse from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. Only the court has that discretion. You are still required to appear for jury selection. Of course, you can always address these concerns when you are before the judge.
I watch my grandchildren, can I be excused?
Florida law states that the juror has to have care and custody of a child less than six years of age to qualify for the optional exemption. If the grandparent has custody and the child or children are under six years of age, then you can request that optional exemption.
Does my employer have to pay me while I am serving as a juror?
No. Florida law does not require employers to compensate their employees while they are serving on jury duty.
Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror, or can I be terminated from my job for having jury service?
No. Florida state law prohibits any employer from preventing a person from serving as a juror or firing an employee who is serving on jury duty.
If I am a corrections officer or if I work for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office but not as a law-enforcement officer, may I be excused?
No. Florida state law excuses only full-time federal, state or local law-enforcement officers or investigators employed by a law-enforcement agency.
What if I do not drive or if I have transportation issues? May I be excused?
No. Please call the Jury Services office for additional information at (904) 255-2087.
Jury Service Department
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duval County Clerk of Courts
Attn: JURY SERVICE DEPARTMENT
501 West Adams Street, Room 2401
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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