One of the Constitutional rights to all American citizens is the fundamental right to a trial by jury. As an American citizen it is your privilege and duty to serve as a juror when called upon to do so.
Prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Driver Licenses Database of US citizens who are residents of Broward County and are 18 years of age or older. Jurors may serve only once in a calendar year.
Once in a courtroom, jurors will be qualified by the presiding judge and attorneys through the "voir dire" process. This process is used to select individuals who will sit and hear the evidence of a trial.
Free reserved parking is provided for all those appearing for jury duty. Please bring the parking ticket that you will receive upon entering the parking garage, with you to be validated. Once you have parked your vehicle in the garage, proceed to the pedestrian walkway on the third (3rd) floor of the garage. This walkway will provide you with covered access to the third (3rd) floor of the Judicial Complex between the North and East Wings. View the Jury Parking section for detail and maps.
IMPORTANT — If you own a high clearance vehicle such as a high-top van or recreational vehicle, you will not be able to park in the garage.
You are entitled to a one time postponement. In order to have sufficient time to process your request, we must receive your request at least seven (7) days prior to your report date. Complete the request form included in your summons and mail, fax to 954-831-7054 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For faster service, we encourage you to use the online Jury Excusal/Postponement web portal. Select Request Schedule Change from the Dashboard page. You will be notified by mail regarding the status of your request and postponement date.
If you qualify and choose not to serve or are ineligible to serve by law for one of the excusable reasons below, we encourage you to use the online Jury Excusal/Postponement web portal. Select Excuse Request Form from the Dashboard page.
IMPORTANT — The Clerk of Court staff does not have the authority to excuse a juror from jury duty for any reasons other than those listed below.
You may choose not to serve if:
You may not serve if:
Free reserved parking is provided for all those appearing for jury duty. The parking garage is adjacent to the Judicial Complex and is located on the East side of the Courthouse.
Jurors must enter from the WEST SIDE of the parking garage, located on SE 3rd Avenue. Please bring the parking ticket that you will receive upon entering the parking garage, with you to be validated. Once you have parked your vehicle in the garage, proceed to the pedestrian walkway on the third (3rd) floor of the garage. This walkway will provide you with covered access to the third (3rd) floor of the Judicial Complex between the North and East Wings. If you own a high clearance vehicle such as a high-top van or recreational vehicle, you will not be able to park in the garage.
A juror who is regularly employed and who continues to be paid regular wages while on Jury Duty is not entitled to be paid by the State for the first three (3) days of service.
A juror who is not regularly employed or does not continue to be paid regular wages while on Jury Duty is entitled to $15.00 per day, by the State, for the first three (3) days of service.
Each juror who serves more than three (3) days is entitled to be paid $30.00 per day by the State, as of the fourth (4th) day, and each day thereafter.
The Florida Legislature now permits jurors to donate compensation paid by the State of Florida for Jury Service. The compensation may be donated to a certified guardian ad litem program or to a domestic violence shelter in Broward County. Shelters are designated annually on a rotating basis.
Sec. 1-9. - Compensation by employers to employees for jury service
(a) This section shall be applicable to and govern all employers located or doing business within Broward County who have employees summoned to jury service within Broward County.
(b) No employer shall withhold wages or salary from a full-time employee summoned to jury service because of the employee's absence from work on any day that the employee, reports for jury duty, or serves as a juror or on a venire panel for a period not to exceed five (5) working days, provided that the employee gives a copy of the summons to his or her immediate supervisor within five (5) working days prior to the commencement of his or her jury service and provided further that the employer can deny or withhold from the employee's usual wages or salary an amount equal to the statutory fees to which the employee is entitled for performing jury service or otherwise. This subsection includes a full-time employee whose regular work schedule does not fall within the daily time period for jury service. The full-time employee shall be excused from work by the employer during each day the employee provides jury service, regardless of the regularly scheduled time such employee reports to work, and shall be compensated by the employer as provided for in this subsection.
(c) Definitions: As used in this Section 1-9, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed:
(d) Any person in violation of this section shall be punished as provided by law.
(Ord. No. 86-55, §§ 1—3, 10-14-86; Ord. No. 89-54, § 1, 12-12-89; Ord. No. 2002-63, § 1, 12-10-02)
Yes, however, cellphones and electronic devices cannot be used to research any civil or criminal cases online in any way, including searching for information about the attorneys or judges while serving as a juror. Electronic devices will be removed from all members of a selected jury panel before deliberations begin; they may also be removed at any other stages during a trial as directed by the presiding judge.
As a prospective juror, you are required to be in the Jury Assembly Room in the Judicial Complex by 7:45 AM on your report date.
All persons entering the Judicial Complex, even prospective jurors, are required to submit to a security screening. This will include passing through a metal detector and placing any items being carried through an X-ray machine. Please keep in mind that even certain everyday items (scissors, pocket knives, etc.) will not be permitted in the Judicial Complex.
After going through the security check, proceed toward the corridor on your left. The Jury Assembly Room is located in Room 03320 of the East Wing. (It is the first entrance on the left, just down the corridor).
Failure to comply with a Jury Summons may result in a $100.00 fine and/or Contempt of Court.
Jury Service is generally for one day; however, you must serve until the end of the jury selection process. If you are selected for a trial, you must serve for the length of that trial.
The ability to understand English is determined by the judge at the time of service. You must report.
The Florida Statute guidelines permit excusal if you are not working full time and your child is under the age of six. If your children do not fall within this category, a postponement within six months of the original summons date is available to give adequate time to make arrangements for child care.