Jury Duty and Covid-19
If you have been summoned for Jury Duty and have questions concerning your summons or excusals directly pertaining to Covid-19 please see one of the following forms:
Please report to one of our check-in stations on the second floor upon arrival at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building.
Notice: Failure to comply with a Jury Summons is subject to a $100 fine and Contempt of Court.
Before You Report
Check your Juror Status Online to verify whether or not you need to report.
On the Friday before your report date, call 850-595-4356 between Friday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 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 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.
Jurors should park across the street from the Pensacola Bay Center on the corner of Alcaniz and Gregory Streets. There is no fee for parking at this location. 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.
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.
Weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited. Weapons of any kind will be confiscated and not returned. Types of weapons include:
- Box cutters
- Knitting needles
- Metal nail files or clippers
- Pocket knives
- 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.
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.
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 "Dress Code" 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.
Vending machines are available and an ATM is located on the first floor across from the elevators.
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 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 per day of service.
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 Section 40.271, Florida Statutes)
Requests for Excusal
Excusal requests must be in writing and submitted via email to email@example.com, by fax to 850-595-4380, or by mail to Jury Management, P. O. Box 333, Pensacola, FL 32591. Requests for excusal or postponement are not accepted by phone. View the Juror Excusal Request (PDF) or the Request for Permanent Medical Excusal (PDF). Adobe Reader is required to view and print PDF documents that appear on this website. To download this program for free, visit the Adobe website. To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please visit the Adobe Reader Accessibility website which provides useful tools and resources.
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 a written request (PDF))
- 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 with the medical excusal (PDF)
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.
Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Notice
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 for ADA accommodations only. Court administration can be reached by phone at 850-595-4400, by fax at 850-595-0360, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not contact this office to request an excusal. If you are hearing or voice impaired call 711.