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​Jury Duty


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About Jury Duty

 

Welcome to the City of Dallas Municipal Court. We are located at 2014 Main St. Dallas, TX 75201. If you are looking for the Dallas County Court or Federal Court, you are on the wrong webpage. 

 

The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in our courts.

 

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.

 

We hope that you will find the opportunity to serve to be a pleasant and rewarding experience. Your service as a juror is appreciated.

 

Jurors will have either a 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. report time. If a jury panel is not needed and/or you were not chosen to serve on a jury panel, you will most likely be dismissed within a couple of hours. Jurors selected to be on a panel will be required to serve for the duration of a trial.

 

For service on the petit jury in the Municipal Court of the City of Dallas. Jurors must enter at 2014 Main St. (front of the building) A wheelchair accessible entrance is also located at 2014 Main St.



 

Jury Frequently Asked Questions




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


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 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?


QUALIFICATIONS FOR JURY SERVICE (Texas Government Code, Section 62.102, except where noted)


To be qualified to serve as a juror you must: 

    • be at least 18 years of age; 
    • be a citizen of the United States;
    • be a resident of this state and a resident of the county in which you are to serve as a juror; 
    • be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror (Note: You do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote); 
    • be of sound mind and good moral character; 
    • be able to read and write; 
    • not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in the district court;  
    • not have been convicted of, or be under indictment or other legal accusation for, misdemeanor theft or a felony; and
    • be a resident of the municipality for which the court is established (Government Code, Section 62.501; specific to municipal courts). 


EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY SERVICE (Texas Government Code, Section 62.106)

    • You are over 70 years of age. 
    • You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision. 
    • You are a student at a public or private high school. 
    • You are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education. 
    • You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the House of Representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government. 
    • You are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself. (This exemption does not apply to you if you are a primary caretaker only in your capacity as a health care worker.) 
    • You are a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence. 
    • You have served as a juror in this county during the 24-month period prior to the date you are required to appear by this summons. 
    • You have been summoned for jury service in this county and you have served as a petit juror in this county during the three-year period prior to the date you are required to appear by this summons.


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 electronics devices must be turned off always when jurors are present in the courtroom or jury deliberation room.




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 City of Dallas Petit Jury.




Jury Handbook

 

Jury handbook: (Click Here-English) (Haga clic aqui-Espanol)

 

(This handbook was developed by the State Bar of Texas with a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. This version was reprinted by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with grant funds from the Court of Criminal Appeals.) 


Notices

    • Failure to appear for jury service may result in a $100 fine for contempt (Article 45.027 of the Code of Criminal Procedure). 

    • If you fail to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse or file a false claim of exemption, you can be fined not less than $100 or more than $500 (Section 62.111 of the Government Code). 

    • If you do not comply with the summons or knowingly provide false information in a request for an exemption to be excused from jury service, you are subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000 (Section 62.0141 of the Government Code). 

    • If you claim to be disqualified based on a lack of citizenship, you will no longer be eligible to vote if you fail to provide proof of citizenship. If you claim a disqualification or exemption based on lack of residence in this county, you may no longer be eligible to vote in this county (Sections 62.113 and 62.114 of the Government Code).