- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be a citizen of this state and a resident of the county in which you are to serve as juror.
- 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)
- Be of sound mind and good moral character.
- Be able to read and write.
- Not have served as a juror for six (6) days during the preceding three (3) months in the county court or during the preceding six (6) months in the district court.
- Not have been convicted of a felony or theft offenses
- Not be under indictment or other legal accusation of a misdemeanor theft, felony theft, or any other felony charge
- You are over 70 years of age
- You have legal custody of a child under 10 years of age and jury service would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision.
- You are a student at a public or private high school.
- You are enrolled and attend college
- 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.
- You are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself. (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.) You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice.
- On active duty and deployed, away from the person's home station, and out of the person's county of residence.
If you fall into one of the above categories and you wish to be excused from jury service, you will need to complete and sign the bottom portion of your Jury Summons and mail or fax it promptly to the address shown.
The judge MUST grant the only other excuses from jury service. If you are in doubt, or think you may not be qualified to serve on a jury for one of the above or any other reasons, please notify the Judge.
If you will be unable to be present for jury service and you do NOT fall within one of the categories above, you will be required to mail or fax your reason for not being present for jury service. The letter must include a telephone number where you can be notified of the judge’s decision on normal business days between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The fax number is (325) 676-6286 or mail to:
Abilene Municipal Court
P. O. Box 60
Abilene, Texas 79604
- Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse;
- Files a false claim of exemption from jury service.
- Criminal 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, must prove guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
- Civil Cases: 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 upon 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.