Jury Duty

Jury Trials are held monthly in the City of Rowlett Municipal Court. If you are selected as a juror, you will be compensated $6.00 per day.  Please contact the court office at 972-412-6222 within 24 hours of your scheduled time to serve to verify that a jury trial is still scheduled.  If you need to reschedule your jury service, you must notify the court in writing prior to your scheduled day to appear.  

What to expect:

  • You will sign-in with a court clerk at the Municipal Court window in the lobby.
  • You will be summoned to the Courtroom to hear a single Class C Misdemeanor case, punishable by fine only.
  • You should expect to be at the court for at least 2-3 hours.  
  • Most cases are completed in one day.
  • You will be required to adhere to the Municipal Court Dress Code.

Juror Qualifications:

Per Texas Government Code 62.102, a juror:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a resident of this state and of the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
  • Must be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which the person is to serve as a juror.
  • Must be of sound mind and good moral character.
  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in a district court.
  • Must not have been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony.
  • Must not be under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony. 

Juror Exemptions

Per Texas Government Code 62.106, a juror may establish an exemption from jury service if the person:

  • is over 70 years of age;
  • has legal custody of a child younger than 12 years of age and the person's service on the jury requires leaving the child without adequate supervision;
  • is a student of a public or private secondary school;
  • is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;
  • is an officer or employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government; 
  • has served as a petit juror in the county during the 24 month period preceding the date the person is to appear; 
  • is the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself; or
  • is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person's home station and out of the person's county of residence. 

Failure to Answer Jury Summons/Juror Contempt

Per Texas Government Code 62.0141: 

In addition to any criminal penalty prescribed by law, a person summoned for jury service who does not comply with the summons as required by law or who knowingly provides false information in a request for exemption or to be excused from jury service is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.