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Approximately 20% of prospective jurors are selected for trials. If you are not selected to sit as a juror on a case, you can expect to be released for the week. If you are selected, you will serve for one trial. Surprisingly, the average trial only lasts 1 to 3 days.
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The laws and rules regarding statutory qualifications are found in Section 62.102 of the Government Code. You are qualified to serve as a petit juror in Denton County if you are:
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:
Yes! Denton County allows every juror one postponement for any reason in order for everyone to have the opportunity to pick a date better suited for their schedule. Complete your questionnaire online. You are given the opportunity to select from a variety of dates available and reschedule yourself. Or you may call Jury Services and one of the jury staff will assist you with your request.
Before choosing to reschedule your service please understand that you are limited to just one change so please be sure that you choose your new appearance date carefully.
Jurors are paid for their service. Each juror receives $6 for the first day of appearance and $40 for the second and any subsequent days of appearance. Jurors may donate their pay to a number of organizations that have been approved by the Denton County Commissioners Court. Total donations to those organizations averages about $75,000 annually.
Payment is processed at the end of jury service, and a check is mailed to each juror within two to three weeks of their service.
Unfortunately your employer is not currently required by Texas state law to pay you while you are serving jury duty. However the law states that an employer can not terminate your employment for attending jury service.
Unfortunately there are no business/self-employment exemptions administered by the state legislature at this time.
Yes, you may take care of this matter. Indicate on the back of the summons that they are enrolled in college. Just sign your name as a parent and return to Jury Services.
Please write on the front or back of the summons "Deceased" and return to our office. We will then forward this information to the Denton County elections department.
The summons needs to be returned indicating that the person does not live at the address. "Please return to sender this person does not live at the address."
Please write on the front or back of the summons "Active duty military" and return to our office.
There are no transportation exemptions. If you have not been rescheduled before, then you may request a postponement in order to make better arrangements to appear. You may also contact the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) at 940-243-0077. You may also visit the DCTA website which includes information regarding the new A-train.
You will be required to pass through security at any county buildings in which courts are located. You will not be allowed to bring into the buildings any type of weapons, including pocket knives. Please leave anything that you think might not be allowed in your vehicle or at home.
Free parking is available all around the building.