You have just received a summons to report for jury duty and probably have questions. The court realizes that jury service may impose a hardship on citizens. However, the right to trial by jury is one of the principles guaranteed by the Constitution, and it is the duty of every citizen to serve when called. Every effort is made to assure that each juror has a positive experience. Thanks in advance for serving. To help you find answers to many of your common questions, we have provided the following topics:Click here for an informative video about jury service in Florida.
You have just received a summons to report for jury duty and for some reason you cannot comply.
The court realizes that jury service may impose a hardship on citizens and although the expectation is that all citizens will serve when required, the court has provisions in place for both temporary and permanent excusals.
Before being transferred to the e-response excusal page we ask you to please read the following instructions to assure that the information requested can be filled in correctly.
If you need assistance, contact the Jury Coordinator's Office at (850) 606-4007, or via e-mail at Clerk_Jury@leoncountyfl.gov.
Jury Process - Chapter 40, Florida Statutes
Juror names are randomly selected from the list of names supplied annually by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
A Leon County juror must be US citizens at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of Florida and Leon County, and must possess a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you wish to serve as a juror but do not possess a driver's license, you may complete an affidavit, which may be obtained by calling the Jury Coordination Office at (850) 606-4007, or via e-mail at Clerk_Jury@leoncountyfl.gov.
The dress code of the court is general business attire. Casual attire is acceptable, but tank tops, shorts, and flip flops are not.
If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Jury Coordination Office, 301 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301, (850) 606-4007, or via e-mail at Clerk_Jury@leoncountyfl.gov, within two (2) working days of your receipt of your jury summons; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711, via the Florida Relay Service.
Please visit the Juror E-Response system. to update your information, including your mobile phone number and/or e-mail address to receive up-to-date reporting information.
If your reporting time is 8:00 am, after 5:30 pm on the evening before you are scheduled to report for jury selection or report for a trial, you should do one of the following:
The first day of service is normally limited to jury selection. On occasion, jury selection will be made and the judge will immediately begin the trial. Generally, if selected for a trial, jurors will be released and told when to report back for trial and how many days the trial will last. If not selected, the first day of service will be the only service required. Wi-Fi is available in the courthouse.
It is very common for a judge to have multiple trials in a week and to be involved in selecting multiple juries. Generally, the juries are selected one at a time. If not called for the initial jury selection, jurors will remain in the jury assembly room until called. This wait can be significant and jurors are encouraged to bring something to read while waiting. A limited number of Internet connections are available for those citizens who bring a laptop with them.
Those citizens remaining through the lunch hour will be given a lunch break. Judges will look for a convenient break in the proceedings and therefore the time for lunch may vary. Generally, the break is sometime between noon and 1 p.m. and will last 30 minutes to an hour. Lunch is not provided. Those summoned to appear in the morning should bring a snack or sack lunch. Jurors summoned to appear in the afternoon should eat lunch prior to reporting. Jurors are strongly encouraged not to move their vehicles during lunch. Parking in the downtown area is limited and finding parking spaces upon returning from lunch can be a problem.
Depending upon the number of trials and the complexity of the cases, the jury selection process can last all day. Judges are well aware that citizens have other responsibilities and make every effort to conclude before the end of the normal business day. However, from time to time we may have complicated and/or high profile cases that may cause the jury selection process to last several days. This is an extremely rare occurrence and we will make every effort to make this as smooth as possible.
If you will receive regular pay from your employer during jury service, you are not entitled to compensation for the first three days of jury service. If you will not receive regular pay, you are entitled to receive $15.00 per day for the first three days of service. All jurors will receive $30.00 on the fourth day and each day thereafter. If you are excused from service by your own request, you are not entitled to compensation. To insure proper payment, the Juror Check-In Form included with your jury summons must be completed before reporting on the scheduled date, and must be turned in to the Jury Coordination Office when you report.
Jurors should observe the following general rules of conduct: