About Jury Duty
Jurors are selected at random from a list of Bexar County voter registrations and driver registrations. 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.
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
When coming to the Justice Center after you’ve received your summons, there are a few things to be aware of.
For security purposes, all persons entering the Courthouse or Justice Center must pass through metal detectors, and may be subject to a personal search. No pocket knives, wallet chains, knitting needles, embroidery needles, etc., will be permitted onto the premises. If you are uncertain if a particular item would be okay to bring, please call 210-335-2667 to find out or err on the side of caution and do not bring it.
Jurors do receive reimbursement. Checks are mailed to the address on the jury summons approximately two (2) weeks after the juror is released from jury service. Reimbursement depends on the court where a juror serves.
Municipal Court: Jurors will be reimbursed $6.00 for every day or fraction of each day served.
District and County Court: Jurors will be reimbursed not less than $6.00 for the first day or fraction of the first day served, and not less than $34.00 for each day or fraction of each day served after the first day.
Jury Reimbursement Donation Program
As a juror, you may voluntarily donate your jury reimbursement to the Bexar County Child Welfare Board which helps victims of child abuse. Click here to find out more about the Jury Reimbursement Donation Program.
Failure to Answer Summons and Penalties
A person who fails to comply with a summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person:
- Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse.
- Files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code 62.111)