JURY SERVICE INFORMATION
Why is Jury Service
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
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 a list of voter registrations and a list of driver
registrations from the county in which you live.
Am I eligible?
- Be a citizen of the United States
and and a resident of the City of Laredo in order to serve
as a juror for Municipal Court.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Reside in the county of jury service.
- Be able to read and write.
- Be of sound mind.
You Cannot Serve On A Jury If:
If you are in doubt, or think you
may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above
or any other reasons, please notify the Judge.
Who can be excused
from Jury Service?
You are entitled to be excused as
a juror if you:
- Are over 70 years of age;
- Have legal custody of a child under
10 years of age and jury service would leave the child unsupervised;
- Are a student in class;
- Are the caretaker of a person who
is unable to care for themselves (an invalid); or
- Can show a physical or mental impairment
or an inability to comprehend or to communicate in English.
What Are The Different
Types Of Cases?
There are two basic types of cases,
criminal and civil (including family cases).
A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You,
as a Juror, must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty.
The accused person is presumed innocent, and the State, represented by
the City Attorney, must prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."
A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties.
In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions of disputed facts
based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the Judge. The answers
to these questions are called the verdict. Note:
Municipal Court does not hear civil cases.
Will I be paid for
being a Juror?
Yes. You will be paid a minimum of $6.00 for
each day you actually serve on the jury.
Must my employer pay
me while I am on Jury Duty?
Your employer is not
required to pay you while on jury duty; however, employers are
prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a Juror.
Who Can Have A Jury
Any person charged with
a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to
a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is
entitled to the same fair treatment.
Are There Rules about
Yes. The Texas Supreme Court has rules
to assist you in your conduct as a Juror which will be given
to you by the Judge.
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