Jurors

CIRCUIT-WIDE JURY INFORMATION

The right to trial by jury is a basic principle of the American justice system. Jury service affords all persons going to trial an opportunity to have the facts of their case heard by a jury of their peers.

Whether or not you are selected to serve on a jury, your participation is critical to one of the most fundamental principles of our free society – the right to a jury trial. Your participation as a juror is essential to our common law system of justice. Our system affords all persons going to trial the opportunity to have the facts of their cases determined by a jury of their peers. The Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit thank you in advance for your service. We hope you find your jury service to be an interesting and positive experience.

JURY SCAM ALERT: All potential jurors for the Third Judicial Circuit are notified via US mail.  We do not contact you by phone nor ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information.  Should you receive a phone call saying that you have failed to report for jury service and are asked for personal information, then this is likely an identity theft scam.  Please DO NOT give out any personal information.

SERVICE & EXCUSALS

If you recently received a summons, please visit the Clerk’s website for the County in which you are to report. Please direct any excusal requests and any questions concerning your jury summons to the appropriate judge’s office; the presiding judge is listed in the body of your jury summons.

You may serve on a jury if you​:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Reside in the county of jury service
  • Are not currently being prosecuted for a crime
  • Are not a convicted felon whose civil rights have not been restored

You may request to be excused from jury duty if you:

  • Are aged 70 years or older
  • Are an expectant mother
  • Are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age six (6) and not employed full-time
  • A law enforcement officer
  • Have served as a juror within the last 12 months
  • Are responsible for the care of a person who is incapable of caring for himself or herself because of mental illness, mental retardation, senility, physical or mental incapacity
  • Serving as a juror will cause hardship or extreme inconvenience, or public necessity

PERMANENT EXCUSAL

You may also petition the Court for a permanent excuse if you qualify under Florida Statute 40.013, section (8) & (9) below: 

(8)  A person 70 years of age or older shall be excused from jury service upon request. A person 70 years of age or older may also be permanently excused from jury service upon written request. A person who is permanently excused from jury service may subsequently request, in writing, to be included in future jury lists provided such person meets the qualifications required by this chapter.

(9)  Any person who, because of mental illness, intellectual disability, senility, or other physical or mental incapacity, is permanently incapable of caring for himself or herself may be permanently excused from jury service upon request if the request is accompanied by a written statement to that effect from a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 458 or chapter 459.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in a proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, the provision of certain assistance. To request an accommodation, please contact Court Administration at (386) 758-2163, 173 NE Hernando Avenue, Room 408, Lake City, Florida 32055 or ADAmail@jud3.flcourts.org. You must contact the Court at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired call 711 for assistance.

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