Importance of Jury Service
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.
Prospective jurors are selected at random from a list of voter registrations and/or a list of tax rolls from the city in which you live.
Juror Duty Service
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.
- You must be of sound mind and good moral character.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be able to read and write in English.
- You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the City of Deer Park.
Excuses for disqualification shall be proposed to the Court at the call of the jury roll.
- You have 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 for any type of theft.
- You are now under indictment for a felony or are now under criminal charges for any type of theft.
- Persons over (70) years of age;
- Persons who have legal custody of a child or children under the age of 12 years if jury service by that person would necessitate leaving the child or children without adequate supervision;
- All students of public or private secondary school;
- Every person who is enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;
- Persons who are the primary caretakers of a person who is an invalid unable to care for him/herself;
- An officer or and an employee of the Senate, House of Representatives or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government; or
- A member of the U.S 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.
Failure to Attend
Article 45.027, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provides a penalty of $100 for failure to attend jury duty service.
Jurors will be paid a minimum of $6 for each day you actually serve on a jury. Jurors may elect to donate their compensation to the Texas Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.