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The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
Your employer is not required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a juror.
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
Yes. The Texas Supreme Court has rules to assist you in your conduct as a Juror that will be given to you by the Judge.
Simply fill out the bottom of the summons, circle the disqualification on the back, sign it, and mail it back to the Court.
A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person: (1) fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service (Government Code, Section 62.111).
Statutory QualificationsTo serve as a Juror you must meet certain qualifications. You must:
Statutory ExemptionsYou may choose to request to be excused from Jury service if:
If you fall into one of the above categories and you wish to be excused from jury service, you will need to complete and sign the bottom portion of your Jury Summons and mail or fax it promptly to the Court. If you qualify for an exemption and want to serve as a juror, you may appear for jury duty and not claim an exemption.
Jury service is very important, but the Court understands that it may cause a scheduling conflict for you. You may reschedule your jury service only one time.
In order to reschedule, please do not call the court but rather, fill out the bottom of the jury summons and return it to the Court by mail P.O. Box 776, Anna, TX 75409 or email or submit in person at 120 W 7th St., Anna, Tx 75409.
Please note that the Court must receive the request for reschedule FIVE (5) days before the jury trial date in writing. Jurors who postpone their jury service will be recalled to our next jury trial, and no further resets will be granted.
A phone call or phone message does not suffice for a reschedule.
You may contact the Court Clerk at 972-924-3325.