Jury Duty

Location

Located in Room 139 at the Indian River County Courthouse

772-770-5185

Extensions 3104 and 3107

Serving as a juror is a privilege that accompanies living in a democracy. Jurors are selected randomly by a computer from a list provided by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle list of licensed drivers and identification holders.

Qualifications

In order to serve as a juror in Indian River County, you must be:

  • 18 years of age;

  • a citizen of the United States;

  • a legal resident of the state of Florida and Indian River County.

Exemptions

Optional exemptions from jury duty can be claimed. These exemptions are based on your claim that you:

  • are an expectant mother;

  • are a parent not employed full time who has custody of a child under 6 years of age;

  • are a person 70 years of age or older;

  • are a full time law enforcement officer or law enforcement investigative personnel;

  • are responsible for the care of a person incapable of caring for self because of mental illness, senility or physical or mental incapacity;

  • have served within one year.

Disqualifications

You are mandatorily disqualified from service as a juror if you:

  • are a convicted felon;

  • are under prosecution for any crime;

  • are no longer residing in Indian River County;

  • are under 18 years of age;

  • are not a citizen of the United States of America.

Postponement

You may receive a one time postponement from jury duty if you make such a request no less than 10 working days from your reporting date. You will be notified if your postponement is granted.

Compensation

If you are

  • regularly employed and your employer continues to pay you, you will not receive compensation for the first 3 days of service.

  • not regularly employed or not paid your wages by your employer during jury service, you will receive $15 per day for the first 3 days of service.

  • required to serve more than 3 days, you will be paid $30 per day regardless of your employment status.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been summoned to report Monday morning. How can I find out if I need to show up?

Call 770-5156 after Friday at 5:00 to determine which jurors are needed and when. The message will give you instructions or check the Clerk's web site at www.clerk.indian-river.org.

I am 75 years old. Do I need to serve?

No, law excuses you if you sign an affidavit available in our office, but you may serve.

What will happen to me if I don't show up?

You may be found in contempt of court and/or fined.

I carry a pocket knife on my key chain. Is it okay to bring it into the Courthouse?

No, the following items may not be brought into the Courthouse at any time:

  • Knives of any type

  • Sprays (mace, pepper, or any type of pressurized flammable)

  • Glass bottles

  • Beverages of Any Kind

  • Screwdrivers, Pliers, or Wrenches

  • Scissors

  • Wire cutters

  • Kitchen forks

  • Laser pointers

  • Nails or Screws

  • Letter openers

  • Bottle openers

  • Knitting needles

  • Metal comb picks

  • Weapons of any type

  • Contraband of any type

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