Jury Service Information

Why is Jury Service important? The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury.

What is my duty as a Juror? 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.

How was I selected? You were selected at random from the list off of the Ellis County voter registration listing. Jury service will only require your presence for one day.

You may be excused from jury service if:
You are over 70 years of age.
You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 15 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
You are a student at a public or private high school.
You are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher learning.
You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government.
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 healt care workers).
You are an active member of the U. S. Military forces serving on active duty and employed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.