Dear Prospective Juror,
Welcome to Tarrant County Jury Services. Jury service plays a vital role in sustaining the American system of justice. You are an important part of the Tarrant County Justice System.
This web site is designed to answer questions that jurors typically ask regarding Tarrant County jury services. Once you are assigned to a court, the Judge will instruct you about the law that applies to the case you will hear. This web site is not a substitute for the Judge’s instruction; it is provided to help you understand the procedure in Tarrant County.
Tarrant County is excited about our new online services. The eResponse system allows jurors to submit exemptions, disqualifications, delay jury service or confirm your service for online court assignment. Our pledge to you is to make your jury service as convenient as possible and take no more of your valuable time than absolutely necessary to serve our courts.
You may ask, “Why was my name drawn for jury service?” The Texas Legislature is responsible for all laws pertaining to jury service. Every other year the Secretary of State receives the Tarrant County voters list, the driver’s license and identification card lists from the Department of Public Safety. The Secretary of State then combines these lists and sends Tarrant County their jury list for the upcoming two years. If you have ever received or renewed your driver’s license in Tarrant County, it is possible you might receive a jury summons even though you no longer live in Tarrant County. Currently there are over one million names on our jury list and we mail over 200,000 summons annually. After the list is randomized, if your name is among those names on the two-year duration list, you will receive a summons. The reason some people never receive a summons is because we are not able to exhaust the list before the end of the two-year cycle.
The judges and I hope jury service is a pleasant experience for you. Please tell your judge or me any concerns or compliments you may have.
Paula Giaimo Morales, Bailiff
Tarrant County Jury Services