Mandated by Chapter 40, Florida Statutes, jurors are summoned at random from lists compiled by the State of Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Jury trials are conducted in court locations throughout the Seventh Judicial Circuit. The specific location where you are to report is included in your jury summons. If you fail to report for jury duty and have not obtained an excuse, you may be found in contempt of court. It is in your best interest to make every effort to appear.
In order to be eligible for jury duty you must:
- Be an American citizen
- Be a legal resident of the county to which you have been summoned, and
- Be at least 18 years of age.
REQUEST FOR EXCUSE
The following persons, upon written request, may be excused from jury service at the discretion of a reviewing judge:
- Expectant mothers;
- A parent who is not employed full time and has custody of a child under 6 years of age;
- A person who was summoned and reported as a prospective juror in the county within one year;
- A person 70 years of age or older;
- A person responsible for the care of another who, because of mental or physical incapacity, is incapable of caring for themselves;
- A full-time federal, state or local law enforcement officer;
- A judge may also excuse a person who shows evidence of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity (general business conflicts or loss of earnings do not normally constitute such hardship);
- A judge may also excuse a practicing attorney, a practicing physician, or a person who is physically infirm from jury service.
The following persons are disqualified from jury service:
- A convicted felon whose civil rights have not been restored;
- A person currently under prosecution for any crime;
- A person no longer residing in the county to which they’ve been summoned.
All requests for excuse should be mailed to Clerk of the Circuit Court, Jury Management, in the county to which you’ve been summoned.
Flagler County Clerk of Court
Kim C. Hammond Justice Center
1769 E. Moody Blvd. #1
Bunnell, FL 32110-0787
Putnam County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 758
Palatka, FL 32178
St. Johns County Clerk of Court
4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Volusia County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 6043
DeLand, FL 32721-6043
Jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror will not be compensated for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three days of jury service. Regular employment includes full-time employment and part-time, temporary and casual employment. Each juror who serves more than three days will be paid by the state for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter at the rate of $30 per day.
Before reporting for jury duty, please ascertain the policy of your employer concerning payment of wages while on jury duty.
TERM OF SERVICE
If you are scheduled to report on a Monday, it is possible your term of service will be for Monday only, or, if you are selected as a juror, for the completion of one trial (most trials are completed in 1-3 days). A person who has reported as a prospective juror is exempt from jury service for one year from the last day of service.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate on jury duty, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please follow the instructions on your jury summons to obtain necessary assistance.
Trial by jury is a right guaranteed under the United States and Florida Constitutions. It is the duty of every citizen to serve when called to do so.