Eligibility & Exemptions
Jury service is an extremely important responsibility.
Jurors make it possible for our courts to fulfill this constitutional
guarantee. Justice depends on the quality of the jurors who serve in our
courts. A juror must be fair and impartial and able to make decisions free
of any bias or prejudice. Jurors are charged with carefully listening to and
evaluating the evidence presented in the case.
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution
guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin
or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.
About the jury selection
arrive at the Jury Assembly Room, please check in with the jury
administrator and be seated. A Judge will administer the Oath to the jurors
present, provide a brief overview about jury service, and answer questions.
The Judge will also speak to jurors individually who are requesting
exemption from service.
session begins when the Court Bailiff calls the court to order. All parties
present rise upon the Judge taking the bench. Once the Judge takes his/her
place on the bench, the Court Bailiff announces that Court is in session. A
similar procedure is used when the Court adjourns. Common courtesy and
politeness are safe guides as to the way jurors should act. As mentioned
previously, no reading is permitted in the courtroom, nor should a juror
carry on a conversation in the courtroom during the trial.
our goal to treat our jurors with the utmost respect and consideration.
Their comfort and convenience will be served whenever possible. Jurors
should bring to the attention of the Judge or Court personnel any matter
affecting their service or if an emergency should arise.
Penalties for failure to
The Government Code states that 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 (§62.0141). Additionally, a
person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if he: (1) fails
to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; or (2)
files a false claim of exemption from jury service (§62.111).
Eligibility & Exemptions
Juror Exemption Request Form
EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY SERVICE
You are over 70 years of age.
You have legal custody of a
child or children younger than 15 years of age and service
on the jury would
require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
You are a student at a public
or private high school.
You are enrolled and in
actual attendance at an institution of higher education.
You are an officer or an
employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any
commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of
You are the primary caretaker
of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or
exemption does not apply to you if you are a primary caretaker only in
capacity as a health care worker.)
You are a member of the
United States military forces serving on active duty and
deployed to a
location away from your home station and out of your county of
You have served as a juror in
this county during the 24-month period prior to the date
you are required to
appear by this summons.
You have been summoned for
jury service in this county and you have served as a petit
juror in this
county during the three-year period prior to the date you are required to
appear by this summons.
YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CLAIM AN
EXEMPTION. IT IS YOUR CHOICE.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR JURY SERVICE
To be qualified to serve as a juror you
be at least 18 years of age;
be a citizen of this state
and a resident of the City of Lufkin;
be qualified under the
Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to
serve as a
juror (Note: You do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to
be of sound mind and good
be able to read and write;
not have been convicted of,
or be under indictment or other legal accusation for,
misdemeanor theft or a
be a resident of the City of
Lufkin for which the court is established (Government Code,
Missing jury service
for a business reason is not a lawful excuse from jury service.
These excuses may be
granted or denied at the discretion of the court. To request a
travel/vacation excuse you must provide airline or other method of travel
tickets in your name; hotel reservation confirmation information; seminar
confirmation information; and/or an itinerary for your travel. To make a
request to be excused from jury service for this reason, please complete the
back page of your jury summons. You should then either mail it back to the
court, drop it by the court in person, or fax it to the court at (903)
531-1369 and include the any of the other information showing proof of your
"disqualification", "exemption", or offer any other excuse to the court
prior to my jury service date
To make a request to be
excused from jury service, please complete the back page of your jury
summons. You should then either mail it back to the court, drop it by the
court in person, or fax it to the court at (936)
What kind of cases might I hear?
The types of cases you will hear are class C misdemeanors.
Examples of such cases are code violations, speeding tickets, school
attendance, disorderly conduct and unrestrained animals.
What should I wear?
The court setting is formal and business or business
casual clothing is appropriate. No shorts, miniskirts, tank tops, halters or
flip flops are allowed. If you report for jury service wearing any of these
items you will be re-scheduled and sent home.
Is there security?
There is a metal detector at the entrance to the court
room. Any item building security believes can be used as a weapon will not
How long will I be there?
The City of Lufkin Municipal Court is a one day/one trial
system. If you are not selected for jury duty that day, you will be
You should plan that jury service will last a full day. If
you are seated on the jury there is the potential for you to need to come
back the next day. If there is not a trial or you are not selected to be on
the jury, you can expect to be dismissed by mid-morning. Only the judge can
Do I get paid?
The City of Lufkin Municipal Court pays each juror $6.00
per day of service. You will receive payment by mail at the address on file
with the Court.
Can I request a re-schedule if I have a conflict
on the date of the summons?
You may request one reschedule. After that you are
required to provide documentation of the necessity of the reschedule.
How can I prove to my employer that I was there?
Upon completion of jury services, you will be issued a
certificate with the original signature of both the judge and the jury