Jury Duty

Cases heard by the Cedar Hill Municipal Court are Class C misdemeanor violations that are punishable by fine only. Jurors are selected from a random list of voter registrations. Jury service is normally for one day, and jurors are paid $6.00 per day.

If you wish to claim an exemption, you must send proof of your reason to the Municipal Court via email at court@cedarhilltx.com or send by mail to 285 Uptown Blvd. Cedar Hill, TX 75104, or contact the court to request an exemption form.

Please contact --the court office at 972-291-5100 X 1040 or visit our website within 24 hours of your scheduled time to serve, to verify that a jury trial is still scheduled.   

What to expect:

  • You will go through security screening to enter the Court Room.
  • You will sign-in with a court clerk in the Court Room.
  • You should expect to be at the court for at least 2-4 hours.  
  • Most cases are completed in one day.

Juror Qualifications:

Per Texas Government Code 62.102, a juror: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a resident of this state and of the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
  • Must be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
  • Must be of sound mind and good moral character.
  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must 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 a district court.
  • Must not have been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony.
  • Must not be under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony. 

Juror Exemptions

Per Texas Government Code 62.106, a juror may establish an exemption from jury service if the person: 

  • is over 70 years of age;
  • has legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age and the person’s service on the jury requires leaving the child without adequate supervision;
  • is a student of a public or private secondary school;
  • is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;
  • is an officer or employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government; 
  • has served as a petit juror in the county during the 24-month period preceding the date the person is to appear; 
  • is the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself; or
  • is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person’s home station and out of the person’s county of residence.

These exemptions are not mandatory and an individual who meets one or more of these criteria may serve on a jury panel.

Failure to Answer Jury Summons/Juror Contempt

Per Texas Government Code 62.0141: 

In addition to any criminal penalty prescribed by law, a person summoned for jury service who does not comply with the summons as required by law or who knowingly provides false information in a request for 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.  

Please take the time to watch the below video from the American Board of Trial Advocates regarding jury service by clicking the box directly below... 

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