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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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Yes. If we are able to cancel service for groups of jurors prior to service, it would be done the day before their appearance date as cases can fall through at any time. If you are summoned for a Monday we will send out reminders and any possible cancellations the Friday before (possibly Thursday if we are closed on a Friday for a holiday). Tuesday jurors should get their reminder or cancellations on the Monday before their appearance date (possibly Friday if we are closed on a Monday for a holiday). If you go online to submit your information after we have already sent out any cancellations, then you may see your status as “Ended” where the system won’t let you submit any information and you would NOT need to report or do anything more. If your status is still “Summoned” then you would still be required to report.
Those jurors who go online at least 2-3 business days before their appearance date to sign up for e-notifications and submit their juror information, would get the text and email notification of any cancellations.
Jurors should dress in comfortable but appropriate business casual clothing. Although you are not participating in the trial so you are not the center of attention, you are still part of a solemn court proceeding. Your attire should reflect the seriousness of the occasion. You may wear comfortable but appropriate business casual type clothing. Jurors should NOT wear shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, flip-flops or hats. You may want to bring a light sweater or jacket to stay warm in the event you are assigned to a courtroom that is kept cold.
Free parking is available all around the building.
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.
The following weapons or devices are prohibited on Denton County property:
Any person found on County property with a weapon or device shall have such weapon or device confiscated, can be denied entry to any building, and may be subject to arrest.