Summonsed jurors who are experiencing symptoms of sickness

Amid the COVID-19 threat, the Courts of the 8th Circuit are advising citizens summonsed for jury duty who are ill to request excusal or postponement from the Clerk of the Court. Those excused will be recalled for jury duty within the next 90 days.

Among the Constitutional rights afforded to all American citizens is the fundamental right to a trial by jury. As an American citizen, it is 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. “Answering the call for jury duty” is a short video that explains who’s eligible, what to do when summoned, and what happens when you’re selected to serve.

Please Be Aware

The Court will never ask prospective jurors for information such as social security numbers and bank account 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.