Jury Service FAQ's
General Information |
HOW WAS MY NAME SELECTED FOR JURY SERVICE?
Your name was selected at random for jury service from the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles database of licensed drivers and holders of Florida
Identification Cards of Monroe County residents.
ARE ALL LICENSED DRIVERS ELIGIBLE FOR JURY SERVICE?
No, to qualify 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 and have an address
in Monroe County.
CAN I SERVE AS A JUROR IF I AM NOT A LICENSED DRIVER?
Yes, if you are 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and a legal
resident of the State of Florida with an address in Monroe County and
you have a desire to serve as a juror, you may come into the Clerk's Office and
execute an Affidavit to apply for jury duty. Your name will be added to the
database of qualified prospective jurors.
IS EVERYONE QUALIFIED TO SERVE AS A JUROR?
No, the Governor and Governor's cabinet, the Sheriff, the Clerk of the Circuit Court
and Judges are disqualified as jurors.
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 are not qualified to serve as jurors unless their civil rights
have been restored.
Additionally, any person with an interest in an issue to be tried cannot sit
as a juror in the case where the issue will be tried.
CAN I BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY?
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
(6) years of age; or a person responsible for the care of a person incapable of
caring for his/her self. Other persons who can demonstrate hardship, extreme
inconvenience or public necessity may also request to be excused by the court.
A person who is summoned and has reported to Circuit or
County Court as a prospective juror is exempt from jury service for a minimum
period of one year.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PROSPECTIVE JUROR?
Jury service is essential to the functioning of our judicial system and to the
operation of our entire system of government. Jury service is the duty of all
qualified individuals because we all enjoy the privileges of citizenship and the
protection of our liberty and property afforded by the judicial system.
Jurors perform the crucial task of deciding the case upon the evidence which
the lawyers present and by applying to that evidence the law upon which the
judge instructs them.
WHERE WILL I SERVE AS A JUROR?
If you have been summoned for jury service, your Juror summons will reflect
your reporting location.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO SERVE AS A JUROR?
In Florida, jurors serve for one day or the length of one trial unless otherwise
directed by a Judge.
WILL I BE PAID TO SERVE AS A JUROR?
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 $15.00 per day for the first three days of service. Every juror who serves more than
three days is entitled to be paid $30.00 per day for the fourth day of service and
each day thereafter.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY SERVICE MORE COMFORTABLE?
For your comfort, you may wish to observe the following guidelines when reporting
for jury service:
Dress: Appropriate business attire is required.
Shorts, abbreviated tops, beach or evening attire are not acceptable.
Temperature: Court facilities are air
conditioned and often become chilly. For your comfort, you may wish to bring a sweater
or jacket with you.
WHERE CAN I GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
If you would like to speak to someone about jury service,
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