Jury Duty Information

Jury Duty Commonly Asked Questions
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How can I be excused from Jury Duty?
All requests for excusal must be submitted in writing. Excusal is granted unless otherwise notified. You will be contacted only if there are questions about your request or if your request is not accepted. Request for excusal due to personal, business, or medical reasons must be submitted in writing.
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What are the qualifications to be a Juror?
You must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age, a resident of the State of Florida for one year and Hendry County for six months, and possess a driver's license or identification card issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you do not possess a driver's license, you may execute an affidavit, which may be obtained by calling the Clerk's Jury Management Office, or by visiting the Jury Management Office located in the Hendry County Judicial Building 863-675-5214
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How are Jurors summoned?
Names are randomly selected from the list of names supplied annually by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
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What are the exemptions and disqualifications from Jury Duty
You may be excused for the following reasons:
 
You have served as a juror in Hendry County within the past 12 months.
You are an expectant mother or a parent who is not employed full-time and have custody of a child under six years of age.
You are 70 years of age or older.
You are a fulltime federal, state, or local law enforcement officer or investigative personnel for these entities.
You care for persons who, because of mental illness, mental retardation, senility, or physical or mental incapacity, are incapable of caring for themselves.
You are a practicing attorney or physician, or have a physical infirmity.
You will be excused for the following reasons:
You are currently under prosecution for any crime.
You are a convicted felon and have not had your civil rights restored.
You serve as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, clerk of court, or judge.
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Will I get paid for Jury Duty?
Jurors who are regularly employed and receive regular wages during jury duty are not entitled to compensation for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not receive regular wages during jury duty are entitled to $15.00 per day for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who serve more than three days will be paid by the State for the fourth and subsequent days of service at the rate of $30.00 per day.
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Are Jurors examined?
When jurors are called to a panel for a particular case, the judge and the attorneys will ask questions regarding jurors' backgrounds. This process is called "voir dire," which means "to speak the truth." These questions are not meant to embarrass. Instead, they are designed to ensure that members of the jury have no opinions or past experiences that might prevent them from making an impartial decision. Excusals from jury service should not be taken personally. When jurors are excused, it means only that there are proper and lawful reasons for the excusals.
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How long must I serve on Jury Duty?
You will be on call for one day appearance unless inpaneled on a trial taht is not completed in one day, or unless the Court rules otherwise.
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What are Petit and Grand Juries?
A petit jury will hear and decide civil and criminal cases.
Civil cases are disputes between private citizens, corporations, governments, government agencies, or other organizations. Usually, the party who brings the suit is seeking money damages for an alleged wrong that has been done. The party who brings the suit is called the plaintiff, and the one being sued is called the defendant. Civil trials can involve small claims, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases.
Criminal cases are brought by the state against persons accused of committing a crime. In these cases, the state is the plaintiff, and the accused person is the defendant. Criminal trials can involve traffic, misdemeanor, felony, and capital (death penalty) cases.
A grand jury has broad powers to investigate a wide range of criminal offenses and to examine the performance of public officials and public institutions. Its deliberations are conducted in secret, in conjunction with the State Attorney or a designated assistant state attorney.
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Where does the Jury park?
There are two parking areas, one is located south of the Judicial Center and can be accessed from either Main St or Bridge St. , the other parking area is across from east side of Judicial Center on Bridge St, north of the Sheriff's office
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Can I call to find out if I have to serve for Jury Duty?
The Clerk's office has a recorded telephone message that provides jurors with general information about jury service.
Please call LaBelle 612-4747 or Clewiston 902-3343 weekdays after 5pm or weekends to receive this general message.
Court cases often settle between the time summonses are mailed and juries are scheduled to report.
Therefore, all jurors must call LaBelle 612-4747 or Clewiston 902-3343 to verify if their attendance will be necessary.
Due to the fact that most court weeks begin on Monday, the recorded message is activated from 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before the scheduled report date and continues through the weekend.
IF YOU RECEIVE NO MESSAGE OR IF THE TELEPHONE RECORDING IS NOT IN OPERATION, PLEASE REPORT FOR JURY DUTY AS DIRECTED BY YOUR PRINTED SUMMONS.
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Americans with Disabilities Act Notice
In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons with a disability needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding contact the Clerk not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
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Important Things to Remember During the Trial
Jurors should observe the following general rules of conduct:
 
Be on time for court. The trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present.
Sit in the same seat in the jury box. This allows the clerk, judge, and lawyers to identify you more easily.
Listen carefully. It is important that you hear every question asked and every answer given since your verdict will be based on the evidence given. If you do not understand any portion of the trial, you should ask the judge to explain.
Do not talk about the case. You should not talk with anyone about the case. This includes the clerk, lawyers, judge, bailiff, and other jurors, unless you have retired to the jury room for deliberations. If anyone tries to talk to you about the case or attempts to influence you as a juror, you should report it to the judge immediately.