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Jury Duty




PLEASE NOTE:
Jurors please be sure to have your parking pass. You will need to show your juror parking pass in order to gain admittance to the Pinellas County Government lots near the courthouse.

We now have WIFI, and same-day,
CASH payment service for eligible jurors.
More information is available here.

 

HELPFUL INFORMATION:
  • How was my name selected?
  • How long will I be there?
  • Can I be excused or rescheduled?
  • Where do I report & how do I get there?
  • Jury Compensation
  • Court Security
  • Reporting Information
  • Failure to Appear for Jury Duty
  • Contact Jury Services
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • WARNING: All potential jurors for Pinellas County, CLICK HERE.



    How was my name selected?
    Your name was selected from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles file. This file includes all licensed drivers and persons who possess a Florida Identification Card who are eighteen years old and older and reside in Pinellas County. This list is updated each quarter and is sent to the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

    You are eligible for jury selection once every year.

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    How long will I be there?
    Plan on the entire day for your jury service. Jury service in the State of Florida is for one day or the length of one trial. Some trials exceed one day.

    Most juries are selected on the initial reporting day. Some trials will begin and conclude on the same day. However, not all trials will finish or start on the same day. The length of the trial will be discussed during the selection process. If you find that the length of the trial conflicts with a personal schedule, you will be given the opportunity to explain this to the Judge during the jury selection process.

    Reporting for jury service, even if not selected to sit on a jury, will count as completing your duty for jury service.

    Most jurors are required to report for their jury service at 8:15 AM at a specific courthouse location. Please read your Jury Summons to determine which courthouse location you have been selected for.

    There is not a specific time of day that the courts conclude. Most frequently the Court will conclude around the “dinner hour”, but this varies with each trial.

    We STRONGLY suggest that you bring any medications you might need with you and arrange for family matters before you report for your jury service. You will always have access to a telephone and an emergency number will be provided to you upon your arrival where family members can reach you in the unlikely event of an emergency.

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    Can I be excused or rescheduled?
    There are some specific reasons a person can be excused from reporting for jury service. The list of reasons is on your jury summons. If you feel you qualify for one of these reasons, you may complete your excuse request form, SIGN IT and return it to the Clerk of the Circuit Court by mail or fax. Some excuse requests can be processed “on-line”.

    Information about requesting an excuse from Jury Service

    If the date you have been summoned for creates a conflict in your schedule, you may request to be rescheduled to a future date ONE TIME. You can select the new date of your jury service “on-line”.

    Information about rescheduling Jury Service

    FOR ONLINE SERVICES, CLICK HERE.
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    Where do I report & how do I get there?
    Courthouse locations:
    The courthouse you have been summoned to report to is listed on the front of your Jury Summons. Click on the name for that courthouse for specific information relating to that courthouse.

    DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER COURTHOUSE
    Transportation
    Parking
    Personal Comfort (WIFI now available at this location.)

    PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
    Transportation
    Parking
    Personal Comfort (WIFI now available at this location.)

    ST. PETERSBURG JUDICIAL BUILDING
    Transportation
    Parking
    Personal Comfort (WIFI now available at this location.)

    For more information on reporting for jury duty, please CLICK HERE.

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    Jury Compensation

    Compensation (jury pay) is established by the State of Florida through Chapter 40 of the Florida Statutes.

    You will be compensated $15.00 per day for the first three days of service if you are retired, unemployed or your employer does not pay your regular wages while you serve as a juror. If your employer pays your regular wages, you are NOT entitled to be compensated for the first three days of jury service. Please complete the affidavit on your jury summons prior to reporting.

    ALL jurors who serve more than three days will be compensated at the rate of $30.00 per day beginning on day four.

    There is no provision for reimbursement of meals or mileage.

    Eligible jurors can receive compensation in cash or a check will be sent at the conclusion of each week. If you do not choose to receive your compensation in cash on the day of your jury service, please be sure you have given the jury clerk a correct mailing address so your check will be received.

    Jury payment is considered taxable income. We do not send a W2, but the check stub will serve this purpose.

    Should you be eligible for compensation, you may elect to donate your jury compensation to one of three court-approved programs. This may be done at the time of your service and is irrevocable. See your jury clerk for this information.

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    Court Security

    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, pocketknives of ANY size, chemical sprays or cutting instruments ARE NOT permitted in any court facility.

    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.

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    Reporting information

    Court cases may resolve between the time your Summons was mailed and the time you are scheduled to report! So, it is important that you call the REPORTING INFORMATION telephone number on the front of your jury summons. This information is available after 5PM 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 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 telephone number of that courthouse. The number is on the front of your summons. PLEASE call the number for of facility where you are summoned to report.

    PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
    14250 49th Street North
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 464-6008

    DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER COURTHOUSE
    315 Court Street
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 464-5050

    ST. PETERSBURG JUDICIAL BUILDING
    545 1st Avenue North
    St. Petersburg, FL
    (727) 582-7999

    Juror Service Comment Card

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    Failure to Appear for Jury Duty

    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.

    In the State of Florida, Jury Duty is governed under chapter 40 of the Florida Statutes. Within this chapter are penalties for those who do not report for jury service. “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.”

    The Courts of Pinellas County have allowed for a single, ONE TIME, deferment of jury service to assist the scheduling of jury service to reduce the inconvenience. (See can I be excused or rescheduled?)

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    Contact Jury Services

    If you have any question and would like to contact Jury Services, below are the telephone numbers and email address.

    Office hours for jury services are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Jury Services will process all excuse requests on the same day as they are received and will respond by mail, (look for the yellow postcard). We do not normally call you regarding your requests. Email inquiries will be answered on the same day as they are received.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused from jury service?
  • 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?
  • Does my employer have to pay me while I am serving as a juror?
  • Can my employer prevent me from serving or can I be terminated from my job for having jury service?
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     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.

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    I know I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what I do for a living. Why not excuse me now 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 for 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 Jury Management office can only excuse you if you are employed as a full-time law enforcement officer.

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    I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused?
    Florida law does now 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.

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    I have been called many times for jury service and know many people who have never been called. Why don't you pick some other people?
    The Florida statutes required the selection to be random and all names must 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.

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    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.

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    Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror 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.

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    Excuse/Reschedule

    There are some specific reasons a person can be excused from reporting for jury service. The list of reasons is on your jury summons. If you feel you qualify for one of these reasons, you may complete your excuse request form, SIGN IT and return it to the Clerk of the Circuit Court by mail or fax. Some excuse requests can be processed “on-line”.

    If the date you have been summoned creates a conflict in your schedule, you may request to be rescheduled to a future date ONE TIME. You can select the new date of your jury service “on-line”.

    REQUEST TO BE EXCUSED
    REQUEST TO BE RESCHEDULED NAME &/OR ADDRESS CHANGE

    Excuse Requests

    The following reasons can be processed on-line.
    YOU ARE INELIGIBLE TO SERVE FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS<
    1. You are not a United States Citizen.
    2. You no longer reside in Pinellas County (New address is required)
    3. You are presently under prosecution for a crime.
    4. You are a convicted felon, civil rights not restored.*

    5.    *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
    1. You are 70 years of age or older and wish to be permanently removed.
    2. You are an expectant mother.
    3. You are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 6 and not employed full-time.
    4. You are currently a full-time law enforcement officer.
    If you are ineligible to serve or eligible for excusal for one of the above listed reasons, please CLICK HERE to submit your request online. You will need your Florida Drivers’ License number or Florida Identification Card number AND your JUROR ID number. The Juror ID number is located on your summons for Jury Service.

    View Summons for Jury Service (click to view).

    OTHER REASONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING OR BY EMAIL. All written, email or fax requests should be submitted 10 days prior to your report date. For email request CLICK HERE.

      Address & FAX number:
          Jury Services
          P.O. Box 18046
          Clearwater, FL 33762-1046
          FAX Number: (727) 464-7158

      Remember to include your full name (as it appears on your jury summons), the date and location of jury service, and your juror number.

    If your request is denied, you MUST report for jury service at the date, time and location listed on your summons.
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    Request to be Rescheduled

    You will need your Florida Drivers’ License number or Florida Identification Card number AND your JUROR ID number. The juror ID number is located on your Summons for Jury Service.
    View Summons for Jury Service (click to view).

    You may request to be rescheduled ONE time. If you have already been rescheduled or failed to appear for a previous Summons for Jury Service, you will not be able to process your request on-line.

    To submit your request to be rescheduled on-line, CLICK HERE.

    If you have other questions, Email Jury Management.

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    Name and/or Address Change

    To protect you, your Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Card number, AND the ID number shown on the "Request to be Excused or Rescheduled" portion of your Jury Summons will be needed. (the ID number begins with the letter, A, S, N, or G).

    Click Here to submit your Name/Address Change Online

    If you have other questions, Email Jury Management.

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     ATTENTION: 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.

    Information from the FBI's website may be found here: www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

    Snopes.com has also researched the scam: www.snopes..com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

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    Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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