To claim an exemption you must complete the form on the jury summons, sign it, and return the form in person or by mail to the following address:
Central Jury Bailiff
Bexar County Justice Center
300 Dolorosa / Basement
San Antonio, TX 78205-3006
An exemption may be requested if the juror:
is over 70 years of age;
has legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and serving on the jury requires leaving the child or children without adequate supervision;
is a student of a public or private high school (must provide proof);
is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education (must provide proof);
is an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives, or any department in the legislative branch of the state government (statement must be notarized);
is the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid, unable to care for himself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.);
has served as a juror in the district courts or county courts of Bexar County within the last 36 months; or
is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person’s home station and out of the person’s county of residence.
Note: You are not required to claim an exemption.
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)