Jury Duty FAQs
What criteria must be met to be qualified to serve as a juror?
Jurors must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida, and reside in the county in which they are called to serve. Return to Top
What are the disqualifications from serving as a juror in Florida?
Disqualifications from serving as a juror are as follows:
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- Any person convicted of a felony (unless their civil rights have been restored)
- Any person convicted of bribery, forgery, perjury, or larceny
- Any person under prosecution for any crime
- The governor, lieutenant governor, cabinet officers, clerks of court, or judges
- Any person with an interest in any issue to be tried (e.g., family members, victims, etc.)
- Any person determined to be mentally incompetent
What are the exemptions from serving as juror in Florida?
Exemptions from serving as a juror are as follows:
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- Any full-time federal, state, or local law enforcement officer or such entities' investigative personnel (the test for law enforcement officers is whether they are sworn, authorized to carry a weapon, and have arrest powers; the test for investigative personnel is whether they spend a majority of their time conducting investigations)
- Any person who was summoned and who reported as a prospective juror in any court in that person's county of residence within one year before the first day for which the person is being considered for jury service is exempt from jury service for one year from the last day of service
- Any expectant mother
- Any parent who is not employed full time and who has custody of a child under six years of age
- A person who is responsible for the care of another who is incapable of caring for him or herself (due to mental illness, mental retardation, senility, or other mental or physical incapacity)
Are there reasons for a juror to be excused?
Yes, at the judge's discretion:
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- Practicing attorneys
- Practicing physicians (more often postponed to a more convenient time or assigned to panels for one-day trials)
- Any person who is physically infirm in a manner consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Any person expressing a hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity
May a juror be postponed?
Yes, Section 40.23, Florida Statutes, allows postponements of jury service to be made for up to six months. Return to Top
May I serve as a juror even though I'm over the age of 70?
Isn't my child too young to serve as a juror if he/she is still in high school?
If you are 18 years of age or older and if you have a Florida driver's license or a Florida ID you may be summoned to serve. Return to Top
Are jurors entitled to be compensated for their service?
Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first 3 days of juror service. Further, each juror who serves more than 3 days is entitled to be paid by the State of Florida for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter at the rate of $30 per day of service. Return to Top
Is a juror entitled to additional reimbursements by the State of Florida for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses?
If a juror is excused from jury service at his or her own request, are they still entitled to be compensated for the day that they appeared?
What are the consequences of failure to report for jury duty?
Willful failure to respond to juror summons is a contempt of court, punishable by up to $100 in fines and possible incarceration in a local jail for a period to be determined by the presiding judge. Return to Top