County Courts at Law 1 and 2 - Jury Information
The following information is for County Court at Law Jurors.
If you are summoned by the District Court, please click here for information.
If you are summoned by one of the Justice of the Peace Courts, please click here.
All Jurors summoned for County Court at Law must submit the jury questionnaire card received in the mail. You can submit the card online or mail.
Jury Duty Schedule:
Due to concerns with the Coronavirus COVID-19 County Court at Law #1 and #2 have extended the suspension of jury duty until July 2020.
INSTRUCTIONS for Reporting Jurors:
- Parking is available around the courthouse and in the lot located at the corner of Seguin and East Bridge St.
- No WEAPONS, No Sharp Objects (pocket knives, scissors) No Chemical Sprays allowed in the courthouse.
- Please dress appropriately: All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings. No shorts, muscle shirts, tank tops or “message” tee-shirts are allowed.
- If you claimed an exemption and were not contacted by our office you are excused and do not need to appear. If you rescheduled your jury duty you will receive a new summons in the mail approximately 2 to 3 weeks before the rescheduled date.
- You cannot be excused or rescheduled from jury duty by leaving a voice mail message you must speak with a clerk.
- If you have any questions about jury for County Court at Law call the County Court At Law Jury Information Number 830-221-1242 for information on reporting times or if you need to speak to a clerk call 830-221-1248.
- You should visit the website or call again the evening before you are to appear (after 5:00 pm) for any updates. The jury information line is 830-221-1242
Deferments, Exemptions, and Disqualifications
Please note- you will not be asked for your social security number when filling out your jury summons card. This is also true if a court clerk contacts you about your jury duty. You can always call 830-221-1248 and verify if you have been called for jury duty. See information about Jury Summons Scams
Deferment of jury duty – If you received a jury summons and have a conflict, under certain circumstances you may be eligible to reschedule your jury duty. Deferments are subject to the needs of the court. If the court’s needs change your reschedule date may change. Generally you may only postpone your jury duty for one to two months. The preferred way to request a deferment of jury duty is to call the jury clerk at 830-221-1248 then press #2 Civil/Jury. You may also fill out jury summons card on-line with your information and in the comment section request your deferment or you may email one of the jury clerks at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you email a request please include all the information listed below.
- Your name exactly as it appears on your summons
- Your jury summons number
- The date you are summonsed to serve
- The court you are summoned for.
- If there is any incorrect information on the summons please note what information needs to be corrected.
Temporary exemptions or disqualifications: Please refer to your summons card and select the General Qualification that you do not meet or the exemption you wish to claim. Make sure you have the top of the card filled out as well and that you provide a working phone number that we can contact you at if we have any questions.
Permanent Exemptions: If you wish to claim a permanent exemption you must complete this form Juror's Affidavit of Exemption. Print the form out, complete it and sign it, then mail it back to the court that summoned you. If you are requesting the permanent exemption based on medical reasons (either physical or mental) you must have your doctor verify your permanent inability to be on a jury, on his/her own office letterhead and send it in with your form.
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.