Jury Duty

Term of Service

When summoned for jury service, you will appear for the length of one trial or one day. The majority of jurors complete their service in one day. If selected to serve on a trial, the length of service is generally three days. We reserve the right to have jurors "on call"

Failure to Appear

If you fail to appear as a Juror, a letter will be mailed to you directing you to contact the Jury Services Department to reschedule your jury service date within 72 hours of receipt of the letter. In Orange County you may contact the Jury Services Department via email at Jury@ocnjcc.org. Please include your name, Candidate ID, and a date within the next four weeks when you will be available to serve, If you prefer to contact the Jury Services Department via phone, please call (407) 836-2206 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In Osceola County you may contact the Jury Services Department via email at osceolajury@ocnjcc.org or if you prefer to contact the Jury Services Department via phone, please call (407) 742-2423 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note Jurors do not report on Fridays.

Pursuant to section 40.23 of the Florida Statutes, any person who is duly summoned to attend as a Juror in any court and who fails to attend without any sufficient excuse shall pay a fine not to exceed $100.00. In addition to the fine, you may also face contempt proceedings which could result in the imposition of community service or other sanctions, including jail time.

Compensation

You will be compensated $15.00 per day for the first three days of service if you are unemployed or your employer does not pay you your regular wage. If your employer pays you your regular wage, you will not be compensated for the first three days of service. On the fourth day and beyond, all jurors receive $30.00 per day compensation. Sorry, but there is no reimbursement for mileage.

Employer Information

In Orange & Osceola Counties, the term of jury service is one day or the length of one trial. Jurors are expected to report for service on their assigned date.

If an individual is a member or an alternate member of a jury panel, his or her term of service will end when the trial reaches a verdict or the deliberation stage is concluded. If an individual is not selected for a case or in voir dire proceedings by the end of the day then his/her service will have been concluded. A form certifying the number of days a juror performed jury service will be furnished to the juror upon request. State law does not require employers to compensate employees who are absent because of jury service. Many employers do, however, have jury-leave policies that provide compensation to employees for the time they are needed at court for jury service. It is important to note that employers may not take any punitive action against an employee while they are summoned to serve as a juror.

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