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Jury Summons Postponement or Excusal Form

  1. CITY OF VICTORIA MUNICIPAL COURT

    Instructions: You must report for jury service unless you (1) claim an exemption; (2) are disqualified; or (3) choose to postpone your service.

    To Postpone or be Excused from Service: Submit your request electronically to the City of Victoria Municipal Court Clerk’s Office seven days before your schedule date of service before your scheduled date of service.

     Questions or Special Accommodations: Please contact City of Victoria Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at (361) 485-3050 or courtclerk@victoriatx.gov

  2. QUALIFICATIONS FOR JURY SERVICE

    (Texas Government Code, Section 62.102)

    To serve as a juror you must meet specific qualifications. 

    If you do not meet all of the qualifications, you must notify the court.

    1.     be at least 18 years of age;

    2.     be a citizen of this state and a resident of the county in which you are to serve as a juror;

    3.     be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror (Note: You do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote);

    4.     be of sound mind and good moral character;

    5.     be able to read and write;

    6.     not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in the district court; and 

    7.     not have been convicted of, or be under indictment or other legal accusation for, misdemeanor theft or a felony. 

  3. EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY SERVICE

    You may qualify for an exemption if one of the following apply to you:

    1.     You are over 70 years of age. 

    2.     You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and service on the jury would          

    require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision. 

    3.     You are a student at a public or private high school. 

    4.     You are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education. 

    5.     You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government.

    6.     You are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself.  (This exemption does not apply to you if you are a primary caretaker only in your capacity as a health care worker.)

    7.     You are a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence;

  4. Please be detailed and upload any supporting documentation.

  5. Please be detailed and upload any supporting documentation.
  6. You must click the checkbox to indicated agreement*
  7. By submitting this form, you hereby swear and affirm that the information provided above is correct. *
    Upon review of your request, Municipal Court will send you notification regarding whether your request was approved or denied by the Judge.

    Please send notification by:
  8. Please upload your Driver's License, Identification card, or other proof of identification. This request is mandatory.
  9. Please contact the court.
    It is your responsibility to follow up with the court at 361-485-3050 or courtclerk@victoriatx.gov to verify receipt of your request.
  10. Right to Reemployment:
    A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return. (Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001).
  11. Failure to Answer Summons and Provision of False Information:
    A person who fails to comply with this summons, or who knowingly provides false information in a request for an exemption or to be excused from jury service, is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 if the person: (1) fails to attend court in obedience to this summons without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code, Section 62.111; see also Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.01).
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