Jury Duty is one of the most important duties a citizen is asked to perform for his or her county.
Prepares and issues summons for Jury Duty, provides juror reporting information, and assist Jurors with excusal, exemptions, registration, and compensation.
Daily Reporting Information
All jurors are to report to the Courtroom Annex, North Entrance, Richard O. Watson Judicial Center, 4010 Lewis Speedway, St Augustine, FL 32084. Please refer to your jury summons for the time that you are summoned to appear. For after hour’s information, please call (904)819-3631 for the updated message in reference to your juror attendance.
REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Clerk of Court, Richard O. Watson Judicial Center, 4010 Lewis Speedway, St Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 819-3629, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before your scheduled court appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. THESE ARE NOT COURT INFORMATION NUMBERS
Jury venires are drawn at random, as of January 1, 1998, from the rolls of the State of Florida’s Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s current driver’s license or Florida I.D. holders. If you fail to report for jury duty and have not obtained an excuse, you may be found in contempt of court. The presiding judge will make that decision. It is in your best interest to make every effort to appear or to request an excusal.
In order to eligible for jury duty you must:
- Be an American citizen
- Have legal residence within St Johns County
- Be at least 18 years of age
Request for Excusal
The following persons, upon written request, may be excused from jury service:
- Expectant mothers.
- A parent, who is not employed full time, and has custody of a child under 6 years of age.
- A person who was summoned and who reported as a prospective juror in this county within one year.
- A person 70 years of age or older.
- A person responsible for the care of another who because of mental or physical incapacity is incapable of caring for himself.
- A full-time federal, state or local law enforcement officer
- A presiding judge may, in his/her discretion, excuse a person showing evidence of hardship, extreme inconvenience or public necessity.
- A presiding judge may, in his/her discretion, excuse a practicing attorney, a practicing physician or a person who is physically infirm from jury service. A deaf or hearing-impaired individual may not be excluded from service on a civil trial jury solely on the basis of hearing impairment if that person wishes to serve. However, the presiding judge may find that consideration of the evidence to be presented requires auditory discrimination or that the timely progression of the trial will be considerably affected.
The following persons have a mandatory disqualification from jury service:
- Any convicted felon, civil rights not restored.
- Any person currently under prosecution for any crime.
- Any person no longer residing in St Johns County.
All requests should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Jury Service. If further information is required, phone numbers are available.
Jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror, will not be compensated for the first three days of jury service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror, are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three days of jury service. Regular employment includes full-time employment and part-time, temporary, and casual employment as long as the employment hours of a juror can be reasonably determined by a schedule or by custom and practice established during a three-month period preceding the term of service as a juror. Each juror who serves more than three days will be paid by the state for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter at the rate of $30 per day.
It is very important that prior to reporting you ascertain the policy of your employer concerning payment of wages while on jury duty.
Terms of Service
If you are scheduled to report on Monday, it is possible your term of service will be for Monday only, or, if you are selected as a juror, for the completion of one trial. A person who has reported as a prospective juror is exempt from jury service for one year from the last day of service.
Persons With Disabilities
If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Clerk of Court, Richard O. Watson Judicial Center, 4010 Lewis Speedway, St Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 819-3629, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. These are not court information numbers.
Attire and General Information
Please use good judgment and dress in a conservative manner that is appropriate for appearance in a court of law. Business attire is suggested. You may bring a sweater since temperatures in the courtrooms are unpredictable. Shorts, tee shirts and flip-flops are not appropriate attire.
- Be prepared to stay entire day.
- Do not bring newspapers.
- Bring a good book to read (magazines are provided).
- Laptop Computers, game devices (with headphones), and music players (with headphones) are allowed.
The right to a trial by jury is one of the principles guaranteed by the Constitution. It is the duty of every citizen to serve when called to do so.
Jury Duty Scam
Identity thieves are using a ‘Jury Duty Scam’ to obtain personal information from citizens throughout Florida. The scammers are telephoning individuals identifying themselves as local court employees and advising these individuals they failed to report for jury duty. In many cases the scammer indicates a warrant has been issued for their arrest and requests the individual to provide confidential information such as Social Security number and date of birth for ‘verification’ purposes.
Clerk’s Office employees within the Jury Management division never make such calls. In fact, initial notifications as well as follow-up notices are processed through the US Postal Service. Clerk’s Office employees will, however, respond by telephone to a prospective juror’s inquiry if requested.
Please avoid becoming a victim of this type of identity theft scam by simply refusing to provide the information requested by the caller.
Jury Services Contact Information
Clerk of the Circuit Court St Johns County
4010 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084-8637
- Tel.: (904) 819-3629
- Fax: (904) 819-3679