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What are the qualifications to serve as a juror?

You must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age, a resident of the State of Florida and
Putnam County, and possess a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you do not possess a driver's license, you may
complete an affidavit, which may be obtained by calling or visiting the Jury Witness Manager.


How are persons selected for Jury duty?

Names are randomly selected from the list of names supplied by the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles
.


How much will I be paid for serving as a juror?

Jurors who are regularly employed and receive regular wages during Jury duty are not
entitled to compensation for the first three days of Jury service.


Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not receive regular wages during Jury
duty are entitled to $15.00 per day for the first three days of Jury service.


Jurors who serve more than three days will be paid by the State for the fourth and
subsequent days of service at the rate of $30.00 per day.


How are Jurors selected for a particular case?

When Jurors are called to a panel for a particular case, the Judge and the Attorneys will ask
questions regarding Jurors' backgrounds. This process is called "voir dire," which means "to
speak the truth." These questions are not meant to embarrass. Instead, they are designed to
ensure that members of the Jury have no opinions or past experiences that might prevent them
from making an impartial decision.


Excusal from Jury service should not be taken personally. When Jurors are excused, it
means only that there are proper and lawful reasons for the excusal.


How should I dress?

It is recommended that , out of respect for the Court, everyday business attire be worn when
attending Court. Excessively casual attire, including shorts, miniskirts, clothing with words or
slogans, and flip flops, are all considered inappropriate attire. All Court facilities are well air
conditioned. We suggest that some individuals may wish to bring a sweater or jacket to avoid
being cold.


What are acceptable reasons for dismissal from serving in the Jury?

The criteria for exclusion from Jury include:

  • Being under prosecution for any crime.
  • Having convictions in Florida, Federal Court, or any other State, Territory, or County, of
    bribery, forgery, perjury, larceny or any other Felony offense, unless civil rights have
    been restored.
  • Holding public office as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, Clerk of
    Court, or Judge.

If none of these apply, there are other conditions which allow exemption from Jury service if
requested:

  • Expectant mothers or parents who are not employed full-time and have custody of
    a child under the age of 6.
  • Persons employed as full-time Federal, State, or Local law enforcement officers, or
    investigative personnel for these entities.
  • Practicing Attorneys or physicians, or persons who are physically infirm.
  • Persons who have served as Jurors in the county within the past 12 months.
  • Persons who are 70 years of age or older.
  • Persons who are responsible for the care of those who, because of mental illness or
    handicap, senility, or physical or mental incapacity, are incapable of caring for
    themselves.

None of these conditions applying, the Judge does have discretion to excuse persons for
reason of hardship or inconvenience. However, such excusals are carefully reviewed, and
are not granted automatically.


What happens if I do not appear?

Failure to attend without sufficient excuse may result in Contempt of Court.

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