Jury Duty

Please return an Excusal or Postponement Request to the following address:

Brevard County Clerk of Courts
ATTN: Jury Clerks
P. O. Box 560777
Rockledge, FL 32956-0777

BREVARD COUNTY JUROR INFORMATION

PLEASE READ YOUR SUMMONS CAREFULLY. THE DATE, TIME, REPORTING LOCATION AND YOUR CANDIDATE ID ARE PRINTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FORM

LENGTH OF SERVICE: Viera-Shall not exceed 1 day.  Titusville & Melbourne–Shall not exceed 1 week.
Unless you are assigned or impaneled to a trial that exceeds one day/one week or the Court orders otherwise.

COMPENSATION:  Jurors are compensated for service as provided in the Florida Statutes as listed below:
*Days 1-3: You are entitled to receive $15 per day if you are not employed (retired, disabled, etc) OR if you are employed but will not receive your regular wages while serving as a juror.  If you are employed and will receive your regular wages while serving as a juror, you will not be compensated for the first three days.
*Days 4 and beyond: ALL jurors will receive $30 per day if you are instructed to report four days or more.
Any juror who is excused at their request will not receive compensation.

DRESS CODE:  Maintaining the dignity of the Court with proper attire is suggested and appreciated. Business attire such as a dress or coat and tie is considered appropriate but not mandatory.  It is suggested that you bring a sweater or light jacket for your comfort.

EXCUSALS:  All requests to be excused from service must be made in writing ten (10) business days prior to your reporting date and are considered on an individual basis.  Minor hardships or inconveniences to a prospective juror or their employer are not legal reasons to be excused from jury service.  However, you may submit a hardship request or a ONE time request to be postponed.  If you are not excused prior to the appearance date, you must appear as summoned.  If you fail to appear without sufficient cause, the Judge in charge of this Summons may order you to pay a fine not to exceed $100.00.  It is the intent of the Judges in Brevard County to enforce Jury Summons and, if appropriate, to impose fines for failure to appear.

SECURITY:  Brevard County Courts have security devices when you enter the Courthouse.  All weapons are prohibited: This includes knives, scissors, handwork needles, metal fingernail files, screwdrivers, tools and any other sharp objects or items that may possibly be used as a weapon.  All persons entering court buildings are subject to search. 
Please do not bring any local newspapers, perfumes, lotions or any other containers with a liquid substance as these items may be confiscated by court security personnel.   
 

Note:  Please retain your Jury pay information, as you may need it when filing your income taxes.

JURY CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION:
Reporting Information: 321-637-6559

Office: 321-637-2018
FAX:  321-637-5482
Email:  Jury Clerk   

Jury lists are currently drawn at random from the driver’s license lists of motorists 18 years of age and older. Also used will be the names of individuals 18 and older who hold identification cards issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The names of nondriver Florida (Brevard County) residents who wish to voluntarily submit affidavits offering their names for possible use in compiling jury lists also may be included.

Florida Statute 40.013 also provides for these other exemptions and discretionary releases by the court:

  • (1) No person who is under prosecution for any crime, or who has been convicted in this state, any federal court, or any other state, territory, or country of bribery, forgery, perjury, larceny, or any other offense that is a felony in this state or which if it had been committed in this state would be a felony, unless restored to civil rights, shall be qualified to serve as a juror.
  • (2)(a) Neither the Governor, nor Lieutenant Governor, nor any Cabinet officer, nor clerk of court, or judge shall be qualified to be a juror.
  • (2)(b) Any full-time federal, state, or local law enforcement officer or such entities' investigative personnel shall be excused from jury service unless such persons choose to serve.
  • (3) No person interested in any issue to be tried therein shall be a juror in any cause; but no person shall be disqualified from sitting in the trial of any suit in which the state or any county or municipal corporation is a party by reason of the fact that such person is a resident or taxpayer within the state or such county or municipal corporation.
  • (4) Any expectant mother and any parent who is not employed full time and who has custody of a child under 6 years of age, upon request, shall be excused from jury service.
  • (5) A presiding judge may, in his or her discretion, excuse a practicing attorney, a practicing physician, or a person who is physically infirm from jury service, except that no person shall be excused from service on a civil trial jury solely on the basis that the person is deaf or hearing impaired, if that person wishes to serve, unless the presiding judge makes a finding that consideration of the evidence to be presented requires auditory discrimination or that the timely progression of the trial will be considerably affected thereby. However, nothing in this subsection shall affect a litigant's right to exercise a peremptory challenge.
  • (6) A person may be excused from jury service upon a showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity.
  • (7) A person who was summoned and who reported as a prospective juror in any court in that person's county of residence within 1 year before the first day for which the person is being considered for jury service is exempt from jury service for 1 year from the last day of service.
  • (8) A person 70 years of age or older shall be excused from jury service upon request. A person 70 years of age or older may also be permanently excused from jury service upon written request. A person who is permanently excused from jury service may subsequently request, in writing, to be included in future jury lists provided such person meets the qualifications required by this chapter.
  • (9) Any person who is responsible for the care of a person who, because of mental illness, mental retardation, senility, or other physical or mental incapacity, is incapable of caring for himself or herself shall be excused from jury service upon request.