All potential jurors for Pinellas County are contacted by U.S. mail. We do not contact you by phone and do not ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information. Should you receive a phone call saying that you have failed to report for jury service and they ask for personal information, this is a potential identity theft scam.
Please DO NOT give out any personal information. You may contact this office for information at (727) 464-6423.
Call the Reporting Information Telephone Line of the courthouse you have been summoned to report:
Pinellas County Justice Center: (727) 464-6008 Downtown Clearwater Courthouse: (727) 464-5050 St. Petersburg Judicial Building: (727) 582-7999
Updates are posted by 5:00 p.m. the evening before your scheduled report date. In the event there is no message, you should report as directed on your Summons for Jury Service.
Prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) records. These records include all Pinellas County residents eighteen years and older who are licensed drivers and persons who possess a Florida Identification Card. These records are updated quarterly by the DHSMV. You are eligible for jury service once every year.
Jury service does not end at a specific time of day. Plan to spend the ENTIRE DAY for your jury service.
The Florida Legislature has mandated that our courts use the one-day or one trial system of jury selection. Most jurors are selected on the initial reporting day. Some trials will begin and end on that same day.
On the day you report, you may be sent to a courtroom for jury selection where the length of the trial will be discussed. If you find the length of that trial conflicts with your personal schedule you will be given the opportunity to explain this, as well as any other hardships, to the judge.
If you are not sent to a courtroom for jury selection you may be held in reserve.
Whether or not you serve on a jury trial, your jury service for that day will be recognized as fulfilling your obligation for one year.
You are required to report for jury service at the time, date and location specified on your Summons for Jury Service.
We STRONGLY recommend that you:
Bring any medications you might need with you.
Arrange for family, business, and/or school matters before you report for jury service.
You will always have access to a telephone. Upon your arrival for jury service an emergency number will be provided to you to share with anyone who may need to reach you in the event of an emergency.
As a prospective juror you may be determined INELIGIBLE to serve for the following reasons:
You are not a United States Citizen.
You no longer reside in Pinellas County (New address is required).
You are presently under prosecution for a crime.
You are a convicted felon, civil rights not restored.* (If you want to petition the State of Florida for Restoration of your civil rights, click here.)
You may be EXCUSED for the following reasons:
You are 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused from jury service. However, you would like to be included in future jury lists.
You are 70 years of age or older and wish to be permanently removed.
You are an expectant mother.
You are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 6 and not employed full-time.
You are currently a full-time law enforcement officer.
You are physically unable to serve. (Doctor's note is required)*
You are permanently incapable of caring for yourself due to physical or mental incapacity. (Doctor's note referencing permanent incapactiy is required)*
You appeared as a juror in Pinellas County within the past year.*
You are responsible for the care of a person incapable of caring for themselves.*
* These requests MUST be done in writing (fax, mail or email) and not online. (Contact Us)
If you are qualified for one of the reasons listed above, please
CLICK HERE to submit your request online. You will need your Florida Drivers’ License or Identification Card number AND your juror ID number. The juror ID number is located on the Summons for Jury Service.
If your request is denied, you MUST report for jury service at the time, date and location listed on your summons.
If the date you have been summoned for creates a conflict in your schedule, you may request to be postponed to a future date ONE TIME.
Juror compensation is established under Chapter 40 of the Florida Statutes.
Per the statute, reporting jurors are entitled to $15.00 per day compensation for the first 3 days if:
they are regularly employed and their employer does not pay their wages while they are serving on jury duty
they are not employed
they are self-employed
they are retired
ALL jurors who serve more than three days will be compensated $30.00 per day beginning on the fourth day.
There is no provision for reimbursement of meals, mileage or travel arrangements.
If you are eligible to receive compensation, cash payment is available every day you report for service. If you do not collect your compensation in cash, a check will be issued at the end each week and mailed to you soon after.
Juror compensation is considered taxable income. We do not send a W2, but the check stub will serve this purpose.
If you are eligible to receive compensation, you may elect to donate your juror compensation to one of three court-approved programs. This may be done at the time of your jury service and is irrevocable.
Court security is the responsibility of the Sheriff of Pinellas County. Deputy Sheriffs will be present at the entry of each courthouse and in each courtroom.
You must successfully pass through a magnetometer at each courthouse in the same manner you would at any airport.
Firearms, knives of ANY size, chemical sprays, glass containers, metal nail files, metal forks, or cutting instruments ARE NOT permitted in any court facility. Any other item deemed to be dangerous will be determined on a case by case basis.
Open containers of any type WILL NOT be permitted into the buildings.
If you have any questions or need assistance while at the court facility, ask any Deputy, they will be happy to assist you in any way they can.
Court cases may be resolved between the time the Summons for Jury Service was mailed to you and the time you are scheduled to report. It is important that you call the REPORTING INFORMATION telephone number on the front of your jury summons after 5 p.m. the evening BEFORE your report date. (This includes Sundays and legal holidays.)
When you call, you will receive a RECORDED MESSAGE. Follow the directions on the message. You will need to know your 4-digit juror number before you call. Your juror number is located on the front of your jury summons. You will be informed by this recording if you are still required to report.
Each location has a specific reporting information telephone number. The number is on the front of your summons. PLEASE call the number of the facility where you are summoned to report.
Parking instructions for the location you are reporting to is located on the back of your parking pass. Failing to follow the parking instructions may result in a parking citation. You must properly display your juror parking pass to avoid a parking citation.
A trial by jury is a fundamental right of every person in the United States and is a very important part of the Constitution. While it is understood that jury duty is not always convenient and can cause a hardship it is still the duty and responsibility of every citizen of this country to serve when called.
“Any person who is duly summoned to attend as a juror in any court and who fails to attend without any sufficient excuse shall pay a fine not to exceed $100, which fine shall be imposed by the court to which the juror was summoned, and, in addition, such failure may be considered a contempt of court.”
As a matter of convenience, the Court has allowed for a ONE-TIME postponement. (See Excusals or Postponements)
To protect you, your Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Card number, AND the Juror ID number shown on the "Request to be Excused or Rescheduled" portion of your Summons for Jury Service will be needed.
It seems like a lot of time is wasted during the juror selection process and that far too many people are summonsed to jury duty in relation to how many are actually needed to serve. Why can’t you make the process faster and summon less people?
Many trial-related matters handled between the court and the attorneys must be addressed outside the presence of the jury. These events often arise unexpectedly and cannot be planned in advance. Cases may settle before a trial is to start which eliminates the need for a jury. Some cases are longer in length and more difficult than others, which may require a larger number of jurors for the selection process. These factors are unpredictable and at times may negate the need for your services the day you arrive for jury service. It is the presence of available jurors that enables the trials to proceed and may, without your knowledge, accelerate a case being resolved. When these instances occur you have played a vital role in our legal system despite not actually serving on a jury.
I know I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what I do for a living. Why not just excuse me immediately and save time?
The Pinellas County Circuit and County courts try both criminal and civil matters. The random selection process plus the large number of cases set on the docket prevents you from knowing what type of trial you may be selected. If the judge excuses you from a certain case, you may be sent to another courtroom or you may be dismissed and have fulfilled your jury service obligation. The Department of Jury Services can only excuse you if you are employed as a full-time law enforcement officer.
I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused from jury service?
Florida law does not provide for an excuse from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. You are still required to appear for jury service. Only the Court has that discretion. You may address these concerns when you are before the Judge.
I have been called for jury service several times. I know many people who have never been called. Why don't you pick some other people?
The Florida Statutes requires the selection to be random and all names are placed back on the list every year. Jurors are selected from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle files, which include both licensed Florida drivers and those who have a Florida identification card. Jurors who have served within one year from their last service date may be excused.
Does my employer have to pay me while I am serving as a juror?
No. Florida state law does not require employers to compensate their employees while they are serving on jury duty.
Can my employer prevent me from serving or can I be terminated from my job for having jury service?
No. Florida law prohibits any employer from preventing a person from serving as a juror or firing an employee who is serving on jury duty.