How are jurors selected?
Jurors are randomly selected from the list of names supplied by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, through our jury management system.
I would like to be eligible to serve as a juror, but I do not have a Florida issued driver’s license.
You can complete the Jury Duty Affidavit of Eligibility and if applicable, your name will be added to the jury management system to be selected from the random pool.
What should I bring with me when reporting for jury duty?
When reporting for jury duty, please bring your jury summons with the back of it filled out and have your Florida driver’s license or Florida ID card accessible.
Can I bring food?
You may wish to bring a non-perishable lunch and/or a snack. If released for lunch, restaurant information is available.
Vending machines are available.
Are electronic devices allowed?
Yes they are however, please be advised that the following is prohibited per Judicial Administrative Rule 2.451
- Making or transmitting still or moving photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, or images of any kind of the court proceedings
- Transmitting or accessing text or data during the court proceedings
- Transmitting or accessing text or data about the case on which the juror is serving
- Researching, transmitting, or accessing information about the case on which the juror is serving
- Otherwise communicating about the case on which the juror is serving or
- Otherwise communicating about the jury deliberations
If you are selected to serve on a jury, electronic devices such as cell phones, cameras, laptop computers, or any other similar technological device capable of making or transmitting images, text or data as well as audio and video recordings must, prior to the start of jury deliberations, be turned over to the courtroom deputy who will keep them while you deliberate.
How much will I be compensated for my services?
If you select “Yes” that you will be compensated by your employer, on your jury summons, you will not be entitled to state compensation for your jury service for the first three (3) days of service.
If you select “No” that you will be compensated by your employer, on your jury summons, you will be entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three (3) days of service.
If you serve more than three (3) days, if compensated by your employer or not, you will be entitled to receive $30 per day starting on the fourth (4th) day of service and each day thereafter.
What if I fail to report to Jury duty?
If you are summoned to report and you fail to attend without being excused or rescheduled per statutory guidelines, you can be fined up to $100 as well as be held in contempt of court. These sanctions are at the discretion of the trial court.
I have been called for jury service several times, I know many people who have never been called. Why is this?
Florida Statute requires the selection to be random and all applicable names are placed back in the random pool yearly. Jurors are selected from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle file; which includes citizens who have a Florida issued driver’s license or Florida issued ID card. Jurors who have served within one year from their last service date may be excused.
What is the dress code for Jury Service?
You may wish to bring a jacket or sweater as courtrooms are often set to a cooler temperature.