Jury Services

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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 on our courts. It is one of the most important civic duties a citizen can perform, and this site is intended to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. 

The Jury Services website is intended to inform potential jurors what is expected of them as a potential juror, what is involved in jury duty, what they can expect should they be selected, and how to prepare for 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.

Location

Jury duty is located in basement of the Justice Center, across the hall from the cafeteria. You may enter the building through the Justice Center on Dolorosa or the Paul Elizondo Tower on Nueva St. (closest to the parking garage). Both entrances are ADA accessible. 

300 Dolorosa Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Security

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 before arriving.

  1. Do I Qualify?
  2. Getting Exempt
  3. Arriving to Jury Duty
  4. Juror's Rights
  5. Payment & Donation

Why I was selected

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.

Do I Qualify?

To serve as a juror you must meet qualifications. A qualified juror:

  • Is at least 18 years of age;
  • Is a citizen of Texas and a resident of Bexar County;
  • Is qualified under the constitution and laws to vote in Bexar County (Note: you do not have to be registered to vote.);
  • Is of sound mind and good moral character;
  • Is able to read and write English;
  • Has not served as a juror for six (6) days during the preceding three (3) months in the county court or during the preceding six (6) months in the district court;
  • Has not been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony; and
  • Is not under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony.

(Ch. 480, Sec. 62.102 Government Code And Article 35.16 Code of Criminal Procedure)

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)

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