Exemptions from Jury Service

(Ch. 480, Sec. 62.106 Government Code)

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)