Juror Information – Alachua County

All requests for excusal or postponement must be submitted in writing for the Court’s review ten working days prior to your service date. The Court will notify you of its decision by email only if one is provided upon submitting your excusal request. We ask that you submit your request for consideration as soon as possible. Requests can be mailed, faxed to (352) 264-7088 or submitted over the web. Most requests are reviewed within the week. Please be sure to check the spam/junk folders of your email, as well. If you have not received an email notifying you as to the status of your request, please call the Jury Information Line at (352) 337-6238.

Calling Before Report Date

The Court may cancel your jury service prior to the time you were ordered to report. If you have been summonsed to the Criminal Justice Center, please call (352) 264-7099 after 5:00 PM on the Friday before your report date for a recorded message containing information about your jury service and whether or not we are calling off any jurors. If you have been summonsed to the Family and Civil Justice Center, please call (352) 374-3620. Please note that this is a pre-recorded message, you will not be able to speak with someone. This information is also available on the Alachua Clerk of Court’s website.

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Parking

Jurors summonsed to report to either courthouse can park in the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage as indicated in your summons. To have your parking validated by Clerk staff, please write down your license plate number and bring it with you to jury check-in. Your tag number will be collected from you and entered into the parking system for validation.

Please note, there are two large parking garages downtown. The garage west of Main Street is the correct one and offers free parking upon validation for jurors. The other parking garage, east of Main Street (adjacent to the Civil Courthouse), is not available for validation. If you park in the garage east of Main Street, you will have to pay for your parking and the cost cannot be reimbursed. Please see the map in your summons to locate the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage which provides parking we can validate

Arriving to Report

When reporting for jury duty, you will have to go through the security checkpoint as you enter either courthouse.  The checkpoint consists of an x-ray machine and a walk through metal detector.  Please note that all items brought to the courthouses are subject to search.  All hand carried items (purses, backpacks, etc.), electronic items (cell phones, pagers, laptops, etc.), lighters, wallets, and belts will have to go through the x-ray machine.  Due to knives and even firearms concealed in belt buckles and belts, all persons entering the courthouses will be required to remove their belts for inspection.  We regret any inconvenience caused by this additional level of security inspection, however, the safety of all persons who work in and visit our courthouses is our primary concern.  Weapons are not permitted – this includes pocket knives, scissors, box cutters, etc.  The fewer items you bring, the quicker the process will be.  You can also assist Court Security in speeding up the process by having the above listed items ready to be placed in a tray as you reach the checkpoint.

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If you have any questions about your service, please call the Jury Information Line at (352) 337-6238Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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Jury Scamming

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.