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.
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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.
You were selected at random from a list of voter registrations and a list of driver registrations from the county in which you live.
You cannot serve on a jury if:
You are entitled to be excused as a juror if you:
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 district or county 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 on 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? No. The Municipal Court is not required to compensate for 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.
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.
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.