Juror Information – Alachua County

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 submit an excusal request by using the form found under the Jurors tab on this website. Please list the symptoms you are experiencing in the “Explanation of Hardship” section of the form. Those postponed will be recalled for jury duty within the next 90 days.


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.  The Clerk of Court will validate your parking ticket at the time of service.  Please note that the Clerk will only validate parking stubs for the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage located across SW 2nd Avenue on the northwest side of the Criminal Justice Center.

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.