Court & Detention Services


Jury Duty Frequently Asked Questions:


I lost my jury summons and I am not sure where I was summoned to serve. 


If you received a postcard for jury summons, you are on the wrong webpage. The City of Dallas Municipal Court summons will be in letter form. The Dallas area has multiple places that you can be summoned for jury duty, including but not limited to: City of Dallas Municipal Court, Dallas County Court, and Federal Court. Since the City of Dallas Municipal Court is a separate entity from County and Federal government, we cannot determine if you need to show up for one of them. If you remember the address or the name of the court, you may be able to figure out where you were supposed to be. Below are websites for other jury duty services:


Dallas County: (Click Here)        Federal Court: (Click Here)  


I lost my jury summons for the City of Dallas Municipal Court. What can I do?

  • Call 214-670-0109 and provide your name, date of birth, and address. 
  • The clerk will look up the date you are to appear and provide that information to you. 
  • When you show up for jury duty be sure to have a picture ID available. 
  • You will fill out a blank jury summons as a record you showed up for jury duty.

How can I request to reschedule my jury duty?


Please write on the summons "please reschedule me", sign it and mail it back to: 

2014 Main ST. Dallas, TX, 75201. 

Last-minute cancellation requests should also follow this procedure.  Your name will most likely be randomly selected again anywhere from 3 months to 18 months after you send back your request.


Can I turn in my paperwork online?

 

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have an online option. All paperwork must be mailed or brought into the Court.

If you have paperwork that says you can fill it out online, you are on the wrong website.

 

Where do I mail my paperwork?


All jury paperwork is sent to:

 

City of Dallas Municipal Court

Attn: Jury Duty

2014 Main ST.

Dallas, TX, 75201-4406


How do I know the qualifications and exemptions for jury service?


DISQUALIFICATIONS:


1.   I am not a resident of the city of Dallas, Texas, and qualified to vote in the city elections under the constitution and laws of Texas. I am a resident of ____________________________________________

2.   I am not able to read or write.

3.   I have been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor theft, or I am under indictment or legal accusation for a felony or any misdemeanor theft.

4.   I have served as a petit juror for 6 days during the last 3 months in the county or for 6 days during the last 6 months in district court. 

5.   This person is deceased. 


If you are not qualified, check the appropriate box on your jury summons, sign, and date, and return to the address shown on the top of your summons. You do not need to appear. You will not receive confirmation from Jury Services unless additional information is required.


EXEMPTIONS:


1.   I am over seventy (70) years of age.


2.   I have legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age, and service would necessitate leaving that child without supervision, or I am the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself.


3.   I am a student at a public secondary school, or I am enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher learning.


4.   I am chronically ill, infirm, immobilized, or have an impairment of sight or hearing that would make it difficult or impossible for me to serve.


5.   I have served on the municipal court petit jury during the last twelve (12) months.


6.   I am an officer of the legislative branch of the state government. 


7.   I am a member of the United States military forces on active duty and deployed to a location away from the home station and outside of Dallas County.


If you wish to claim an exemption, check the appropriate box on your jury summons, sign, and date, and return to the address shown on the top of your summons. You do not need to appear. You will not receive confirmation from Jury Services unless additional information is required.

Where can I find parking and do I get reimbursed for parking?


The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages. 


An alternative to parking would be to take DART. Your summons will allow you to ride on DART for free to the courthouse. At juror check-in, you will be given a free return pass for DART upon request. We are just a few blocks away from the DART light rail and bus route 35 and 283 stop at the corners of the courthouse. (Click Here).


Where can I find restaurants for breakfast or lunch?


(Click Here)


What is appropriate attire in the Court building?


All persons entering a courtroom shall be clean and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the court. Examples of appropriate attire:

  • Slacks, non-ripped jeans and pantsuits; 
  • Collared Shirts;
  • Dresses and skirts.

Unacceptable attire includes: 

  • Shorts or cutoffs;
  • Pants worn below the waistline (drooping/saggy pants);
  • Flip flop style shoes;
  • T-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, tube tops, and halter tops;
  • Athletic/gymnasium attire;
  • Caps and hats; 
  • Clothing indicating gang affiliation or containing offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, or obscene language;
  • Shirts that are not tucked in.

Does the Court have a security check?


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. Please see “items are prohibited in the Court Building”: (Click Here)


What types of cases might I hear?


The types of cases you will hear are class C misdemeanors. Examples but not limited to: code violations, speeding tickets, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and unrestrained animals.


Can I use my electronics?


Yes

However, all electronic devices must be turned off always when jurors are present in the courtroom or jury deliberation room.


Do I get paid for jury duty?


Yes, jurors that are not disqualified or exempt will receive a check for $6.00 via mail for their service.


I live in Dallas but in Collin or Denton County. Do I still have to come to jury duty?


Yes 

If you reside in the City limits of Dallas, no matter which county you are in, you are required to show up for the City of Dallas Petit Jury.