Important -- Coronavirus Update
In accordance with Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-32, Amendment 3, all jury trials are suspended until a Circuit has been in Phase 2 for a minimum of 30 days. The Ninth Circuit transitioned to Phase 2 in late September and has begun summonsing jurors to report as of October 22 in Orange County.
A recorded message provides jurors with specific reporting information. Please call on the day before you are to report, even if this day is a Sunday or a holiday, to be informed by a recorded message whether your service will be required. Call 407-836-2048 after 5:00 pm. You may be placed on standby. Jurors are to report to the Orange County Courthouse at 7:30 am on their first day of service. If the telephone recording is not operational, report for jury duty as directed by your summons. If you do not have a touchtone phone, or need assistance, please call 407-836-2206 before 5:00 p.m. on the day before you are to report. We encourage you to complete the Juror Questionnaire online before you report in order to avoid long check-in lines.
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Alexa for Jurors
Alexa is available to answer the most frequently asked questions about serving as a juror in Orange County. Follow the steps below and Alexa will be able to assist prospective jurors.
- Open your Amazon Alexa App
- Enable the 9th Judicial Circuit Court – Orange County Skill
- Sample Question - “Alexa, ask the Orange County Court how much do jurors get paid?”
- After the answer, ask any additional question(s). Note – follow-up questions do not require “Alexa, ask the Orange County Court.”
See Alexa for Jurors video demonstration on the right panel. Alexa for Jurors is available in English and Spanish.
Juror parking is provided at the Courthouse Garage on the corner of Orange and Amelia Avenues. Please pull a ticket upon entering the facility and bring it with you when you are reporting for jury duty. You will receive continued parking privileges for the remainder of your service. Do not back into the parking space nor occupy more than one parking space at a time as you will receive a parking ticket from the Orlando Police Department if you do so. Any vehicle entering the Courthouse Garage must meet the 6'8" height clearance.
LYNX will provide free bus service for all jurors during their term of service. To receive the free transportation service, jurors simply present their Juror Summons to the driver. Please note that the date of the service listed on the Juror Summons must match the actual calendar date (i.e. the Juror Summons will only serve as a free bus pass on their first day of service). Jury staff will provide bus passes for jurors who are required to serve additional days. Visit the LYNX website for a complete list of routes and schedules.
Request for Disqualification/Excusal/Deferral
If you have a scheduling conflict and/or extreme hardship, you can request a postponement from your assigned service date to a date more convenient with your schedule. Your first postponement request will be granted upon demand. Additional requests, however, will be granted only if you can prove undue hardship. There are very few statutory reasons for being excused from jury duty. If you feel that you should be exempt or excused from your service obligation, you can submit the request to the Jury Duty Judge. To expediate your request to be excused for medical reasons, please have your healthcare provider complete the Medical Excuse Form and forward it to Jury Services. All requests must be mailed, or submitted online no less than ten (10) days prior to the report date to:
Ninth Judicial Circuit Court
425 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
You can also fill out the online form for Disqualification/Excusal/Deferral.
CourtFunds debit cards are available for use after 5:00 pm the Friday after you receive it. The card can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. If the card is not used within 120 days of being issued, a weekly card maintenance fee of $2.50 will be applied.
You can check the balance by calling the toll-free number on the back of the card: 1-877-287-2448. Balance inquiries are available 24/7 at no cost. Use of card at ATMs is subject to a fee.
If your card is stolen or lost, call the customer service number immediately to cancel your card. Court Funds will send you a replacement card with the remaining balance minus a replacement card fee of $10.
To avoid fraudulent use of your debit card, register the card by visiting www.courtfunds.com or call 1-877-287-2448.
To make your stay with the Ninth Judicial Circuit as comfortable as possible, the Jury Assembly Room includes the following features (no cost to the jurors):
- Laptop data connections
- Cyber cafe with internet access
- Wireless cell phone charging stations
- Work center
- Storage lockers
- Pagers for juror movement
- Private room for nursing mothers
- Informational slide show
- Telephone service
- Magazines & Books
- Vending Machines (items available for purchase)
- Refrigerators in deliberation rooms
- Courteous and helpful staff