Who can be excused from jury service?

You are entitled to be excused as a juror if you:

  • Are 75 years of age or older
  • Have legal custody of a child under 12 years of age and jury service would leave the child unsupervised
  • Are a student at a public or private high school
  • Are enrolled and attend college
  • Are the caretaker of a person who is unable to care for themselves (an invalid)
  • Can show a physical or mental impairment or an inability to comprehend or to communicate in English

These exemptions are not mandatory and an individual who meets one or more of these criteria may still serve on a jury panel. If you wish to claim an exemption, you must complete the reverse side of your summons and return it to the Municipal Court at least seven days prior to the scheduled date of jury service.

Every citizen is obligated to serve when called. Texas law does not recognize exemptions from jury service for economic or business reasons. Hardships or circumstances requiring brief postponement in jury service will be considered on an individual basis. Employers are required to give employees time off for jury service (pursuant to Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 122.001).

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1. Why is jury service important?
2. What is my duty as a juror?
3. How was I selected?
4. Am I eligible to serve as a juror?
5. Who can be excused from jury service?
6. Can jury service be rescheduled?