Jury service is a necessary civic duty and is required by law. The goal of Florida law is that a jury be composed of a fair cross section of the community, working individuals, retirees, members of different sexes, as well as social backgrounds, to constitute a legal jury for the civil and criminal courts.
How am I selected to receive a jury summons?
Florida law requires that names of persons living in the county be selected at random for jury service from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) records of people having a driver's license or identification card.
What qualifies me as a juror?
- A person must be at least 18 years of age
- A citizen of the United States, a legal resident of the State of Florida
- Must be a resident of the county
- Must hold a Florida driver license or identification card issued by DHSMV
In the event you do not hold a Florida driver license or i.d. card, but wish to serve as a juror, and you fit three of the requirements listed above, you may fill out an affidavit at the Clerk’s office which will place your name on the list of those eligible for selection.
Who is disqualified to be a juror?
- The Governor and Governor’s cabinet
- The Sheriff, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Judges
- Persons who are under prosecution for any crime or who have been convicted in Florida or any other state, territory or country or in any federal court of bribery, forgery, perjury, larceny, or any other offense that is a felony in the State of Florida (unless their civil rights have been restored).
- Additionally any person with an interest in an issue to be tried cannot sit as juror in the case where the issue will be tried.
How may I be excused from jury services?
You may request to be excused from jury duty if you are:
- full-time federal, state or local law enforcement or investigative personnel
- an expectant mother or a parent who is not employed full time and who has custody of a child under six years of age
- responsible for the care of a person incapable of caring for his or her self
- under prosecution of any crime; or
- convicted in Florida, federal court, or any other state, territory, or country, of bribery, forgery, perjury, larceny or any other felony offense, unless civil rights have been restored.
- Other persons who can demonstrate hardship, extreme inconvenience or public necessity may also request to be excused by the court
Please note: A person who is summoned and has reported as a prospective juror is exempt from jury service for one year.
How long is jury service?
In Florida jurors serve for the duration of the trial, generally only one day, unless otherwise directed by a Judge.
What is the compensation for jury service?
Jurors are paid in accordance with Florida law. If you are regularly employed and receive regular wages while serving as a juror, you are not entitled to be paid for the first three days of your service. If you are not regularly employed or you don't receive regular wages during your service, you will be compensated at the rate of $15 per day for the first three days of service. Each juror who serves more than three days is entitled to be paid $30 per day for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter.