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Respond to Jury Summons

Please read carefully all information on the front and back of the jury summons.  Bring entire summons with you to court.  Please print legibly.  You are to appear promptly as instructed by the summons. If you have a special need or disability you are encouraged to notify the court immediately concerning request for reasonable accommodations.
 
Jury Panel Status

2017 February 21- Jury Trials (Cancelled-Need not appear)

You are required to call (409) 283-2281 after 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to your scheduled appearance for case status and recorded instructions.



Juror Instructions

1.    No cell phones, pagers or newspapers.
2.    Appropriate attire is required. All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings.( no shorts, tank tops, etc.)
3.    The law provides that the court may not excuse any juror for economic reason unless all parties of record are present and approve such excuse.  The court adheres to a very strict excuse policy.
4.    Handicapped access to the Courthouse is located through the front entrance at 100 West Bluff Street.
5.    All persons entering the building are subject to metal detection screening and search.
6.    To file a disqualification or exemption, complete the juror information and sworn affidavit form.

Juror Qualifications

Sec. 62.102. GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR JURY SERVICE. A person is disqualified to serve as a petit juror unless the person:

(1) is at least 18 years of age;

(2) is a citizen of the United States;

(3) is a resident of this state and of the county in which the person is to serve as a juror;

(4) is qualified under the constitution and laws to vote in the county in which the person is to serve as a juror;

(5) is of sound mind and good moral character;

(6) is able to read and write;

(7) has not served as a petit juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in the district court;

(8) has not been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony; and

(9) is not under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony.

Juror Exemptions

Any requests for exemption other than the ones listed below must be approved by the County Judge's office.  You may contact them at (409) 283-2141.

To request exemption please circle the excuse on the back of your jury summons, sign, date and return the summons by mail or in person to:

    Tyler County Clerk
    116 South Charlton Street
    Woodville, Texas  75979

Sec. 62.106. EXEMPTION FROM JURY SERVICE. (a) A person qualified to serve as a petit juror may establish an exemption from jury service if the person:

(1) is over 70 years of age;

(2) has legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age and the person's service on the jury requires leaving the child without adequate supervision;

(3) is a student of a public or private secondary school;

(4) is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;

(5) is an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government;

(6) is summoned for service in a county with a population of at least 200,000, unless that county uses a jury plan under Section 62.011 and the period authorized under Section 62.011(b)(5) exceeds two years, and the person has served as a petit juror in the county during the 24-month period preceding the date the person is to appear for jury service;

(7) is the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself;

(8) except as provided by Subsection (b), is summoned for service in a county with a population of at least 250,000 and the person has served as a petit juror in the county during the three-year period preceding the date the person is to appear for jury service; or

(9) is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person's home station and out of the person's county of residence.

(b) Subsection (a)(8) does not apply if the jury wheel in the county has been reconstituted after the date the person served as a petit juror.

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