You must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age, a resident of the State of Florida and Jackson 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 the Jackson County Clerk's Office at (850) 482-9552, or by visiting the office located in the Jackson County Courthouse.
Names are randomly selected from the list of names supplied annually by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
According to Florida Statutes, you may not serve as a juror for the following reasons:
You may request to be excused for the following reasons:
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.
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. Excusals from jury service should not be taken personally. When jurors are excused, it means only that there are proper and lawful reasons for the excusals.
The first day of service is normally limited to jury selection for trials held during the following week. Jurors selected to serve cases will be asked to return and serve on the dates of that trial. Most trials last one day.
The dress code for court is general business attire. Casual attire is acceptable. However, you should not wear tank tops, shorts, or flip-flops.
Jurors should observe the following general rules of conduct:
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Jury Department, 4445 Lafayette Street, Marianna, Florida 32446, (850) 482-9552, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this jury summons.
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