Jury Service: Disqualifications and Exemptions
General Disqualifications for Jury Service (GOVT CODE §62.102):
- You are not at least 18 years of age.
- You do not reside within the City of Houston limits.
- You are not a U.S. citizen (If you claim this exemption, you may no longer be eligible to vote in the county. These claims are reported to the Voter Registrar).
- You are not of sound mind or of good moral character.
- You cannot read or write.
- You have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in a County court, or, during the preceding six months in the District court.
- You have been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony;
- You are under indictment or other legal accusation of misdemeanor theft or a felony.
IF PERSON SUMMONED IS DECEASED:
If the person summoned is deceased, please check line above and mail it back to the court at the address provided at the top of this page, or scan the summons and e-mail copy to email@example.com. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Exemptions from Jury Service (GOVT CODE §62.106):
- You over seventy (70) years of age
- You have legal custody of a child/ children younger than 12 years of age and your jury service requires leaving the child/children without adequate supervision
- You are a student of a public or private secondary school
- You are enrolled and attend an institution of higher education
- You are an officer or 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 an invalid or unable to care for himself/herself
- You have served as a petit juror in the Municipal courts, County courts or District courts in the preceding 24 months
- You are a member of the United States military on active duty and deployed outside the city limits of Houston.
**Business reasons are NOT a lawful excuse.
Should you qualify for any of exemptions or disqualifications listed above, please complete the back of your summons, marking the appropriate exemption/disqualification, and providing your signature and the date on the corresponding lines. Mail the completed form to the following address:
CITY OF HOUSTON MUNICIPAL COURTS
1400 LUBBOCK, ROOM 214
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002
Penalties for Failure to Answer Summons
The Government Code states that a person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (§62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 if he: (1) fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service (§62.111).
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