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Duval County Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts

Ronnie Fussell - Assumed Office 2013

Jury Service - General Information

Jury service is a necessary civic duty, required by law. The goal of the jury staff is to summons qualified jurors made up 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 of Duval County.

We can be reached at (904) 255-2087 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, and are located in Room 2393 at the Duval County Courthouse, 501 West Adams Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.

Reporting Information

Court cases often settle between the time summonses are mailed and jurors are scheduled to report. Therefore, you must call 255-2212 any time on the weekend before you are to report to be informed by a recorded message whether or not your service will be required. IF YOU RECEIVE NO MESSAGE OR THE TELEPHONE RECORDING IS NOT IN OPERATION, PLEASE REPORT FOR JURY DUTY AS DIRECTED BY YOUR PRINTED SUMMONS.

Parking for Jurors

- Juror parking has moved to Courthouse garage effective October 7, 2013

You will be able to park your automobile for free in the Courthouse Garage located just across the street from the courthouse at the corner of Adams and Clay streets. The garage opens at 5:20 a.m. and will be available for jurors throughout the duration of service. Please proceed to the 5th and 6th levels of the garage where juror parking is designated. The garage is shown on the map below as point “A,” roughly 125 N. Clay St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. The Clay Street entrance is the only entrance into the garage.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Notice

Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration, at (904) 255-1695 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. If you are hearing or voice impaired please call: 1-800-955-8771.

Selection of Jurors

The right to trial by jury is one of the fundamental American rights guaranteed by the State and Federal constitutions. It is the duty of every citizen to preserve this right by serving as a juror when called upon to do so. Failure to comply with a jury summons can result in a $100.00 fine and Contempt of Court charges. Perspective jurors are drawn at random from the State of Florida's driver's license lists for Duval County in accordance with F.S. 40.011. The basic requirements for being eligible for Jury Duty are as follows.

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Legal residency within the county that issues the summons.
  • Minimum age of at least 18 years.

Also used are the names of individuals 18 and older who hold identification cards issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The names of non-driver Florida (Duval County) residents who wish to voluntarily submit affidavits offering their names for possible use in compiling jury lists are also included.

Exemptions / Disqualifications

Section 40.013 of the Florida Statutes states the reasons a person may be excused from jury service. Exemptions are broken down into two categories, they are "Optional Exemption" and "Mandatory Disqualified Exemption". The conditions for exemptions are as shown below:

Option exemption (upon request only)

  • You are an expectant mother.
  • You are 70 years of age or older.
  • You are a parent not employed full time and have the care and custody of a child under 6 years of age.
  • You were previously summoned and appeared as a prospective juror in Duval County within one (1) year. (One year constitutes last date served up to and including the new date that you are to appear.)
  • You take care of a person who is incapacitated mentally or physically.
  • You are a full-time federal, state or local law enforcement officer or investigator employed by a law enforcement agency.

Mandatory disqualified exemption

  • You are not 18 years old.
  • You are not a citizen of The United States.
  • You hold the position of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Cabinet Officer, Clerk of the Court, or Judge.
  • You are a convicted felon and your civil rights have not been restored.
  • You are currently under prosecution for a crime.
  • You no longer reside in Duval County.

You must be excused if you are listed in one of the mandatory categories. You will only be excused for one of the optional reasons should you request to be excused. You must follow the directions in the "Juror Excusal Statement" portion of your summons in order to be excused for either category.

"Voir dire" or examination of jurors

Once prospective jurors are impaneled in a case, the judge and the lawyers will ask about jurors' backgrounds. These questions are not intended to embarrass jurors, but are designed to assist the lawyers in deciding which jurors to select. Jurors may have prejudices about the type of case to be tried. If jurors feel that they cannot be impartial and this has not been expressed during questioning, these jurors should bring this to the attention of the judge. Excusal from jury service should not be taken personally. When jurors are excused, it means only that there are proper and lawful reasons for the excusal.

Types of trials

Cases, which come before a petit jury (so called to distinguish an ordinary jury from a grand jury), are divided into two general classes: Civil and Criminal. In a civil trial, parties in dispute come to court to have a jury determine their respective rights. The person who files suit or brings an action against another is called the "plaintiff." The person against whom the action is brought is the "defendant." In a criminal trial, the persons who bring the actions against others are the people of the State of Florida, represented by a "prosecutor," from the State Attorney's Office. The "defendant" is a person or corporation accused of a violation of law.

Length of Service

The first day of service is normally limited to jury selection for trials held during that week. Jurors selected to serve on a case will be asked to return and serve on the dates of that trial. Most trials last one day. [F.S. 741.03]

Compensation for jury duty

Florida Law sets juror compensation. If an individual continues to receive regular wages while serving as a juror, then the State will not compensate that person for the first three days of jury service. If an individual is unemployed, self-employed or someone who does not receive regular wages from the employer, then that person would be entitled to $15 per day (flat rate with no separate amount for mileage) for the first 3 days of service. Furthermore, any juror who serves beyond 3 days will receive $30 per day for the 4th day and any additional days. Approximately 10 days after completion of your jury service, a check will be mailed to you.

Proper attire for jury duty

When serving Jury Duty it is requested that you dress appropriately. Casual clothes are not appropriate attire for Jury Duty. It is requested that men wear a coat and tie, and women wear a dress or pants suit. Military or other uniforms are also appropriate attire for both men and women.

Where to report for jury duty

The Duval County Courthouse is located at 501 West Adams Street between Pearl Street and Broad Street. Report to Room 2393 as stated on your summons. Jurors may wish to bring reading material, hobbies, or crafts for downtime.

Jury Service Video

When you report for jury service, a video is presented to help orient you with jury service. This video is available for download by clicking one of the links below. You may wish to save the video to your computer before playing it back. This may be done in by right-clicking on the link below and selecting "Save Target As…" for Internet Explorer, or "Save Link As…" in Firefox.

Video players for viewing the above videos may be downloaded for free at the links below:


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