Jury Service

 

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Jury service at the Fort Worth Municipal Court, as in all courts, is an extremely important responsibility.

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.

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.

Location

The Municipal Court is located in the Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton Street, in downtown Fort Worth at the corner of Throckmorton and 10th Street.
The Jury Room is on the second floor, room 227.

Parking

Free parking vouchers are available for the Houston Street Convention Center Parking Garage, located north of the Omni Hotel at 1200 Houston St. (enter off of West 11th Street). To receive the parking voucher, bring the jury coordinator the ticket issued upon entry to the garage.

Time

All jurors are summoned to appear at 8:30 a.m.

Register 

To register for jury service or request an exemption, use the online summons response link below.

Respond to a summons

Need help? View a tutorial video.

 

Eligibility

A person may not be excused for business or economic reasons unless all parties of record on the case in which the juror is to serve approve such excuse.

Any supporting documentation regarding a request to be excused or disqualified from jury service should be submitted immediately to the Jury Coordinator.

Please see the Sworn Affidavit Form that is part of the summons for the excuses that require supporting documentation. If supporting documentation is not submitted prior to the date on the summons, only the presiding Municipal Court Judge may exempt or excuse you from jury service.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Can I use my electronics?

Yes. However, all electronics devices must be turned off at all times when jurors are present in the courtroom or jury deliberation room.

Is there security?

There is a metal detector and x-ray machine at the entrance to the court building. Any item building security believes can be used as a weapon will not be allowed.

How long will I be there?

The City of Fort Worth Municipal Court is a one day/one trial system. If you are not selected for jury duty that day, you will be released.

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 early afternoon. Only the judge can dismiss you.

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 of service by the court.


 

 

If you have received a summons and have any questions or are unsure if you are qualified to serve on a jury, contact the Jury Coordinator immediately.

You may also review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for information about appropriate dress for jury service, length of jury service, and other important issues.