May I claim a legal exemption (be excused) from jury duty?

You are not required to claim an exemption even though one might apply to you. If you would like to serve even though you are eligible for an exemption then we certainly appreciate your choice to do so. The Statutes regarding jury duty exemptions are found in Section 62.106 of the Government Code. You may claim an exemption from jury duty if you are:

  • You are 70 years of age or older.
  • You have legal custody of a child under the age of 12 and serving on jury duty would necessitate leaving this child(ren) without adequate supervision. This exemption does not apply if you work outside the home during normal business hours. You may be excused if you are working part-time or unusual hours.
  • You are a high school or college student. This exemption applies to those who are currently in actual attendance. You must be attending during hours that would conflict with your jury service. Jury service is usually from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • You are an officer or employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives or any department, commission, board, office, or agency of the legislative branch of government. This exemption does not apply to a person who is just a member of a board: (A) To be an officer means president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, etc.; (B) To be an employee means to be on the payroll of the Senate, House, committee, board, or any agency in the legislative branch.
  • You have served as a petit juror in Denton County during the three-year period preceding the date you are to appear for jury service. This exemption is for those who were one of six or twelve jurors chosen for a trial and were sworn in by the judge. This does not apply to those who served on a Municipal Court or Federal Court jury.
  • You are a primary caretaker of an invalid who is unable to care for him/herself. To qualify for this exemption, you must be the only caretaker and you must live at the same address as that person. Invalids in nursing or residential homes have caretakers. If you work as a health care provider, you are not eligible for this exemption.
  • Medical conditions - (Physical or mental impairment) If you have a medical condition that would make it impossible or very difficult to serve as a juror, you may request an exemption by completing the Affidavit for Exemption (PDF) and returning it to Jury Services. Your request will be submitted to a judge and you will be notified if your request is granted or denied.
  • Active Duty Military - You are a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.

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1. Am I qualified to serve as a Juror in Denton County?
2. May I claim a legal exemption (be excused) from jury duty?
3. Can I change my report date?
4. Are Jurors paid for their service?
5. Must my employer pay me while I’m on jury service?
6. What if I am self-employed?
7. How long does jury service last?
8. I have received a summons for my son or daughter who is away attending college. May I take care of this for them or do I have to mail it to them?
9. I have received a summons for a person who is now deceased. What do I do to take care of this?
10. I have received a summons for a person who does not live at this address. What do I do with the summons?
11. I have received a summons for a person who is active duty military. How do I handle this?
12. What if I don’t have transportation?
13. What is courthouse security?
14. Where is courthouse parking?