- How can I be excused from jury duty?
A form to request an excusal or postponement from jury service is attached to the jury summons that you received in the mail. Check the appropriate box, sign the statement, and provide the required supporting documents no less than 10 days prior to your reporting date.
Disqualification (automatic excusal) reasons:
- Full-time law enforcement officer with arrest power
- No longer reside in Brevard County
- Convicted felon - civil rights not restored
- Under prosecution for any crime
- Not a citizen of the United States
Exemption (optional excusal) reasons:
- Physically unable to serve
- Expectant mother
- Parent not employed full-time with custody of a child under 6 years of age
- Served as a juror in this county within 1 year immediately preceding the date of this jury service
- Seventy (70) years of age or older and wish to be permanently excused
- Responsible for the care of a person who is incapable of caring for themselves due to a physical and/or mental illness
- You have the option of choosing to be rescheduled within 30, 60 or 90 days
- What is a Grand Jury?
The grand jury consists of 21 members who serve a six-month term of duty with the court. (The term can be extended by the court for up to 90 days to allow for completion of unfinished business.) At least 15 members of the panel must vote in agreement to return an indictment. As prescribed by judicial administrative order, grand jurors are selected from driver license registrations in Brevard County. They are paid on the same basis as trial jurors (see jury pay topic) for every day they meet in session during the term of court.
A grand jury has broad powers to investigate a wide range of criminal offenses and to examine the performance of public officials and public institutions. Its deliberations are conducted in secret, in conjunction with the State Attorney or a designated assistant state attorney.
Grand jurors are given the following oath, as prescribed by F.S. 905.10: ‘’You, as grand jurors for Brevard County do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will diligently inquire into all matters put in your charge and you will make true presentments of your findings; unless ordered by a court, you will not disclose the nature or substance of the deliberations of the grand jury, the nature or substance of any testimony or other evidence, the vote of the grand jury, or the statements of the state attorney; you shall not make a presentment against a person because of envy, hatred, or malice, and you shall not fail to make a presentment against a person because of love, fear, or reward. So help you God.’’.
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- How much pay will I receive?
Jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive wages while serving as a juror are not entitled to receive compensation from the state for the first three days of juror service. Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three days of juror service. Each juror who serves more than three days is entitled to be paid by the state for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter at the rate of $30 per day of service. Jurors are not entitled to additional reimbursement by the state for travel or other out-of-pocket expenses. A juror who receives unemployment benefits does not lose such benefits because he receives compensation for juror service. The sheriff, when required by order of the court, shall provide juries with meals and lodging, the expense to be taxed against and paid by the state.
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