Please be aware that there is currently a nationwide identity theft scam where callers identifying themselves as jury personnel attempt to solicit personal information such as social security numbers and bank account information. A number of courts across the country, including our own, have also reported that citizens are being targeted by a juror “phishing” email. “Phishing” scams are attempts by hackers or other unauthorized individuals to get personal information, usually for use in identity theft or other illegal endeavors. The messages may look convincingly official and may include an attachment that if opened can install malicious software on your computer or steal personal information off your computer.
The Court will never ask prospective jurors for this type of information. Do not provide this information, either by phone or e-mail, and do not open any attachments to an email from someone claiming to represent the Court system. In the event you receive an e-mail or phone call that you feel may not be legitimate, please contact the Court Administrator’s office at 352-374-3638.
Among the Constitutional rights afforded to all American citizens is the fundamental right to a trial by jury. As an American citizen, if it your privilege and duty to serve as a juror when called upon to do so by the Court. Jury service in Florida is governed under Chapter 40 of the Florida Statutes. Failure to comply with a jury summons can result in a $100.00 fine and/or contempt of court.
The Court recognizes that jury service may impose a hardship on citizens. Every effort is made to ensure that each juror has a positive experience. The judges of the Eighth Judicial Circuit thank you in advance for your service, and we hope that you find your jury service to be an interesting and positive experience.