Juror Information & Exemptions
Why is Jury Service Important? The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.
How was I selected? You are selected at random from a list of voter registrations and a list of driver registrations from the city in which you live.
What is my duty as a Juror? As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
Who is Eligible? Qualifications are:
- You must be of sound mind and good moral character.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be able to read and write in English.
- You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City of South Houston.
You can not serve on a Jury if:
- You have been convicted of a felony or any type of theft (unless rights have been restored).
- You are now on probation or deferred adjudication for a felony or for any type of theft.
- You are now under indictment for a felony or are now under criminal charges for any type of theft.
Who can be excused or exempt from Jury Service?
- If you are over 70 years of age
- If you have legal custody of a child under 10 years of age and serving on the Jury requires leaving the child/children without adequate supervision.
- If you are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for themselves (an invalid).
- If you are a student of a Public or Private secondary school.
- If you are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution for higher education.
- If you are an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives, or a department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the Legislative branch of the state government.
- You have served as a juror in the county during the 24-month period prior to the date you are required to appear for this summons (Applies only to counties with populations of at least 200,000 unless the county uses a jury plan under 62.11, Government Code, and the period authorized under Section 62.001(b)(6) exceeds two years.)
- You have been summoned for service in a county during the three-year period preceding the date you are to appear for jury service.
- You are a member of the U.S. Military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.