Why is Jury Service Important?
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to a trial by an impartial jury.
How Was I Selected?
You were selected at random from a list of voter registrations.
What is My Duty as a Juror?
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free from any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
Who is Eligible?
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be a citizen of this state and a resident of the City of Webster.
- You must be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the City of Webster. (Note: You do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote.)
- You must be of sound mind and good moral character.
- You must be able to read and write.
Who Cannot Serve on a Jury?
- Anyone who has been convicted of a felony or any type of theft (unless rights have been restored).
- You are now on probation or deferred adjudication for a felony or any type of theft.
- You are now under indictment for a felony or are now under criminal charges for any type of theft.
Who Can Be Excused or Exempt from Jury Service?
- If you are over 70 years of age.
- If you have legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
- If you are a student at a public or private high school.
- If you are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education.
- If you are an officer or an employee of the senate, house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government.
- If you are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself. (This exemption does not apply to you if you are a primary caretaker only in your capacity as a health care worker.)
- If you are a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.
- If you have served as a juror in this county during the 24-month period prior to the date you are required to appear by this summons.
Will I Be Paid for Being a Juror?
Yes, you will be paid $10 for serving as a juror.