Juror and Jury Information in District Court
PUBLIC NOTICE: Bring entire summons with you to court . You no longer need to mail the summons questionnaire or submit it online. This is ONLY for district court summons.
District Court Jury Schedule:
466TH DISTRICT COURT FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2022 – Bascon
PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED AS A JUROR:
- Please dress appropriately. Shorts, muscle shirts and “message” tee shirts are not permitted.
- Laptops are not permitted.
- No weapons, no sharp objects (knives of any size), and no chemical sprays are allowed in the courthouse.
- The parking garage is for employees only. Free public parking is available at the corner of Seguin and Bridge Streets.
You cannot be excused or rescheduled from jury duty by leaving a voicemail, you must speak with a clerk.
*You MUST call the jury information number which is printed in the upper right hand corner of your summons. The number will be available to receive calls after 5:00pm, of the last working day prior to your appearance date and until 8:00am on your appearance date. A recording will give instructions as to whether or not you will need to report.
If you receive a jury summons and have a conflict you are allowed to request to be excused. Please write on the summons the reason to be excused and email a picture of the summons to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the summons back to 150 N. Seguin Ave. Ste 3009, New Braunfels, TX 78130. If have any questions about what qualifies as an excuse please contact the District Clerk’s Office at 830.221.1250.
Types of Juries:
The Grand Jury is a shared responsibility for the District Judge and District Clerk. The Grand Jury is appointed by the District Judge from a list of prospective members. The responsibility of the Grand Jury is to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed by hearing evidence presented by the Criminal District Attorney's office. When the Grand Jury feels that there is sufficient evidence, it returns an indictment and the case is placed on the Court's Docket. If the Grand Jury feels evidence is insufficient, it does not return a true bill of indictment. Each Grand Jury serves six months. At the end of six months, the Grand Jury is dismissed and a new Grand Jury is impaneled.
The jury that most citizens are familiar with is called a Petit Jury. Every litigant has the right to trial by jury. In civil cases, no jury is impaneled unless requested. The requesting party pays the jury fee. When an indictment is tried in a District Court, it is heard by a Petit Jury of 12 citizens. Their verdict must be unanimous.
In misdemeanor cases, a person is not charged by Grand Jury indictment but on information prepared by the Criminal District Attorney's office. Such cases are filed in County Courts at Law and may be heard by a six-person Petit Jury. The verdict must be unanimous.
When called for Petit Jury duty for the District Court, jurors should report to the third floor of the courthouse annex.
Jury trials are open to the public for those wishing to attend and observe.
The District Clerk maintains the calendar of jury weeks for the District Courts. The County Clerk has the calendar for the County Courts at Law. Each J.P. keeps their calendar of jury weeks for their court. You must contact the clerk of the court for whom you are summonsed.
If you need other assistance you are encouraged to contact the District Clerk's office at 830-221-1250 ext 6029 regarding your jury service no matter what court has sent you a summons. We will be glad to answer your questions regarding jury duty. Many common Jury questions have been answered for you on the Questions & Answers webpage provided by the District Clerk.
Anyone who has an inability to comprehend or communicate in the English language, or has a physical or mental impairment that makes it impossible or very difficult for the person to serve on a jury may request a permanent exemption.
When requesting a permanent exemption for medical reasons, a statement from your physician must accompany the Affidavit of Exemption.
Anyone over 70 years of age is eligible for permanent exemption.
To find the Affidavit of Exemption, click here
Permanent Exemption Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 150 N. Seguin Ave, Ste. 3009, New Braunfels TX 78130.
For additional information, please contact the District Clerk's Office at 830-221-1250 ext 6029.