Notice: Failure to comply with a Jury Summons is subject to a $100 fine
and Contempt of Court
BEFORE YOU REPORT
ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE YOUR REPORT DATE, CALL 850-595-4356 BETWEEN FRIDAY, 5:00 P.M. AND SUNDAY, 9:00 P.M. FOR AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE TO VERIFY IF YOUR ATTENDANCE IS NECESSARY.
If the automated message is not in operation, report to jury duty as directed by your summons.
Length of Service:
Jury selection may take an entire day and exceed 5:00 p.m. If you are not selected for a case on selection day, your term of service is complete for the year.
Unusual circumstances may require you to report another day for the selection process. If you are selected for a case, your trial may begin that day; or, you may be instructed
to report at a later date for the trial. Average trial length is one to two days. Return
Jurors should park across the street from the Pensacola Bay Center on the corner of Alcaniz and Gregory Streets.
Free transportation to and from the Judicial Building will be provided from this location only beginning at 7:15 a.m. until jury selection is complete. Metered parking is not provided.
Jurors are solely responsible for any parking fees, parking citations, or damage to vehicles or personal property. Return
If you are selected for a trial, pursuant to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, Rule 2.451, electronic devices will be removed from all members of a jury panel before
jury deliberations begin and may be removed at other stages of the trial. Return
Weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited. Weapons of any kind will be confiscated and not returned. Types of weapons include: pocket knives, knitting needles, box cutters,
metal nail files or clippers, scissors, guns, and other items deemed weapons at the discretion of Court Security. No liquids may be brought into the courthouse.
Newspapers are not permitted during jury service. Return
Business or dress attire is required. Shorts, halter tops, shower shoes, and hats are not permitted in the courtroom. Jackets and sweaters are encouraged due to temperature variations.
Failure to comply may result in your service being deferred. Return
All jurors should observe the following rules of conduct:
- Wear proper attire throughout your jury service. The dress code for jurors may be found in the “Attire” section.
- Do not use electronic devices or social media during the trial. This includes but is not limited to tweeting, texting, or blogging about court cases or jury duty.
- Jurors may not research court cases in any manner, including available online records.
- Carefully follow all instructions of the judge.
- Do not be late for court. The trial cannot proceed until all jurors are present.
- Sit in the same seat in the jury box. This allows the judge, lawyers and clerk 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 presented.
- Do not talk to anyone about the case until the judge instructs that you are allowed to do so. This includes the clerk, lawyers, judge, bailiff, family and friends.
You may not talk to other jurors about the case until you all have retired to the jury room for final 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.
- Newspapers are not permitted during jury service. Return
A snack bar is located on the second floor of the Judicial Building as well as several restaurants within walking distance. Vending machines are available and an ATM is located on the first floor across from the elevators. Return
Payment for Jury Service:
- Jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are not entitled to receive compensation from the state for the first three days of juror 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 $15.00 per day for the first three days of juror service.
- 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 $30.00 per day of service.
Requests for Excusal:
An attendance certificate, may be obtained from the Jury Management staff at the end of a juror's service. Florida law prohibits any employer from firing an employee who is serving on jury duty. (Pursuant to §40.271, Florida Statutes) Return
Excusal requests must be submitted by email or mail. Requests must be received at least 5 days prior to your scheduled report date.
Click here for excusal form.
Click here for a permanent medical excusal form.
Optional Excusals: Click here
You may be excused upon request if you are:
- have been summoned and reported as a prospective juror within the last twelve months
- an expectant mother
- 70 years of age or older (Permanent excusal may be granted with written request.)
- the caretaker for someone who is mentally or physically unable to care for themselves
- a full-time federal, state, or local law enforcement officer or investigator with arresting powers.
- a parent with a child under the age of 6 and you do not work full time
- permanently incapable of caring for yourself due to mental illness, intellectual disability, senility or other physical or mental incapacity Click here
Note: Work, transportation, travel or hardships not listed here or on the summons are NOT grounds for excusal.
Mandatory Disqualifications (Excusal):
You are disqualified from jury duty if you are:
- a convicted felon and have not had your civil rights restored
- currently under prosecution for any crime
- no longer a resident of Escambia County Florida
- not a citizen of the United States
After you Submit an Excusal Request:
Your excusal request will be reviewed by jury personnel. You may be excused from service or deferred (rescheduled) for another date within 6 months depending on the nature of the request. If your request is not granted, you will be contacted prior to your report date with further information. It is not necessary to follow up with our office once you have submitted your request.
Civil Rights Status
Don't know if your rights have been restored? Check with the Florida Office of Executive Clemency.
For more information regarding jury service, please review your jury summons or call us at 850-595-4350
If you have a disability and need accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at least 7 days
prior to your report date. If you are hearing or voice impaired call 711.
190 W. Government St, 5th floor
Pensacola, FL 32502