Justice of the Peace #1 - Juror Instructions
The instructions below will give information to people called for jury service. Please read all the instructions. If you received a summons in the mail:
1. Fill out the questionnaire. If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire, call the jury information number for assistance.
2. You may file for an exemption on the affidavit supplied. The exemptions listed are the only ones for which an individual can be excused. Business reasons are not a reason for excuse. If a medical exemption is desired, a written excuse from a doctor must accompany the affidavit.
3. Return attached business reply card within five (5) days or submit card online
JUROR'S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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, 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 contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $1,000 (Government code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person (1) fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service (Government Code, Section 62.111).
Proper Clothing Required: All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings.
Example of Disqualified: You do not need to appear in person if you are exempt or not qualified for jury service. To claim an exemption or report your disqualification you must complete the form on the back, sign it and mail or personally bring it immediately to the address printed to the left of this summons.