Jury Service

How can I postpone my report date?

You are entitled to a one time postponement. In order to have sufficient time to process your request, we must receive your request at least seven (7) days prior to your report date. Complete the request form included in your summons and mail or fax it to 954-831-7054. For faster service, we encourage you to click on the Online Jury Excusal/Postponement option and enter your Juror ID Number and Birth Date and Sign In. On the Dashboard page, select Request Schedule Change from the left navigation bar and follow the instructions to reschedule your jury report date. You will be notified by mail regarding the status of your request and postponement date.

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Am I eligible for excusal?

You may be excused from jury duty if one of the following exemptions applies to you. The excusal portion of your summons must be filled out and submitted via email, fax or US Mail along with any required documentation to support your request for excusal. (Pursuant to Florida Statute 40.013).
Please note - The Clerk of Court staff does not have the authority to excuse a juror from jury duty for any reasons other than those below:

  • 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused permanently or for this time only
    Please fill out the excusal form by checking off this option and submit it to our office.
  • Served on a jury in Broward County in the past 12 months
    If you served in Federal Court, you must provide a proof of service letter or copy of your federal jury summons. If it was here in the State Court, just fill out the excusal form by checking off this option and submit it to our office.
  • Expectant mother
    A doctor’s note is required. Please submit a doctor’s note indicating that you are expecting along with your excusal form.
  • Parent not employed full time with custody of a child under 6 years of age
    Please fill out the excusal form, by checking off this option and submit it to our office.
  • Physical and/or mental incapacity or permanently incapable of caring for himself/herself
    A doctor’s note is required, please submit a signed Medical Doctor’s note indicating you are unable to serve jury duty along with your excusal form.
  • Full-time Student
    Please submit a copy of your class schedule and Student Identification Card along with your excusal form to our office.
  • Full time SWORN Law Enforcement Officer
    Please call the Jury Office @ 954-831-6089
  • Responsible for the care of a person incapable of caring for themselves due to physical or mental illness
    A Medical Doctor’s note is required. Please submit a signed doctor’s note from their physician indicating that you are the caregiver to their patient and are unable to serve jury duty. Please include your excusal form. However, if this is your job, you do not qualify for this exemption. If you wish, you may request to be postponed to a more convenient date.
  • Are Active Military
    Please fill out the excusal card indicating “active military” and submit it to our office for excusal.

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What if I am ineligible by law to serve jury duty?

The excusal portion of your summons must be filled out and submitted via email, fax or US Mail along with the proper documentation to support your request for excusal.
Please note: The Clerk of Court staff does not have the authority to excuse a juror from jury duty for any reasons other than those listed below.

By law you are INELIGIBLE to serve jury duty if one of the following applies to you:


  • Not a citizen of the United States
    Please submit a copy of your Resident Card, Foreign Passport or Green Card; no other documents are acceptable for excusal.

  • Convicted felon and your civil rights have not been restored
    If your conviction was in Broward County - State Court, please fill out the excusal form and submit it to our office. If your conviction was in Federal Court or any other State or County, you must provide proof of your conviction. You must include a copy of your disposition or Judgment indicating that you were convicted of a felony.

  • No longer reside in Broward County
    Please submit proof of residency by sending a copy of your Driver's License, State Identification Card or Voters Registration reflecting your new address. No other documents are acceptable for excusal. If your documents have not been updated, you can request a postponement to give you time to get your documents updated and submit to our office for excusal.

  • Presently under prosecution for a crime
    If you are under prosecution, on probation or parole for a crime committed in Broward County, please fill out the excusal form and submit to our office.
    If you are under prosecution, on probation or parole in Federal Court or any other State or County, you must provide proof by submitting a copy of your future court date, disposition or judgment.

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How can I contact Jury Administration/how do I submit my request?


Automated Information: (954) 831-6091
(We suggest you listen to all menu options before making a selection. Please note, our peak calling hours are between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. To expedite your call, please call during our non-peak hours between 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m..)
Fax Number: (954) 831-7054
Email Address: juryservices@browardclerk.org
Mailing Address:
Brenda D. Forman, Clerk of Courts
Judicial Complex East Building
Jury Administration
201 SE 6th Street, 3rd Floor, Room: 03320
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Can I bring my cellphone and/or electronic devices?

Yes however, cellphones and electronic devices cannot be used to research any civil or criminal cases while serving as a juror. Electronic devices will be removed from all members of a selected jury panel before deliberations begin; they may also be removed at any other stages during a trial as directed by the presiding judge.

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Where do jurors park?

Free reserved parking is provided for all those appearing for jury duty. The garage is adjacent to the Judicial Complex and is located on the East side of the Courthouse at 540 SE 3rd Avenue. Jurors must enter from the West side of the parking garage, located on SE 3rd Avenue. Please bring the parking ticket that you will receive upon entering the parking garage with you to be validated. If you own a high clearance vehicle such as a high-top van or recreational vehicle, you will not be able to park in the garage.

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What should I expect when I arrive?

As a prospective juror, you are required to be in the Jury Assembly Room in the Judicial Complex by 7:45 AM on your report date.

Once you have parked your vehicle in the garage, proceed to the pedestrian walkway on the third (3rd) floor of the garage. This walkway will provide you with covered access to the third (3rd) floor of the Judicial Complex between the North and East Wings.

All persons entering the Judicial Complex, even prospective jurors, are required to submit to a security screening. This will include passing through a metal detector and placing any items being carried through an X-ray machine. Please keep in mind that even certain everyday items (scissors, pocket knives, etc.) will not be permitted in the Judicial Complex.

After going through the security check, proceed toward the corridor on your left: (the East Wing). The Jury Assembly Room is located in Room 380 of the East Wing. (It is the first entrance on the left, just down the corridor). A Cafeteria is located directly across from the Jury Assembly Room.

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What about compensation?

A juror who is regularly employed and who continues to be paid regular wages while on Jury Duty is not entitled to be paid by the State for the first three (3) days of service.

A juror who is not regularly employed or does not continue to be paid regular wages while on Jury Duty is entitled to $15.00 per day, by the State, for the first three (3) days of service.

Each juror who serves more than three (3) days is entitled to be paid $30.00 per day by the State, as of the fourth (4th) day, and each day thereafter.

The Florida Legislature now permits jurors to donate compensation paid by the State of Florida for Jury Service. The compensation may be donated to a certified guardian ad litem program or to a domestic violence shelter in Broward County. Shelters are designated annually on a rotating basis.

EMPLOYERS COMPENSATION RESPONSIBILITIES

Sec. 1-9. - Compensation by employers to employees for jury service.

(a) This section shall be applicable to and govern all employers located or doing business within Broward County who have employees summoned to jury service within Broward County.

(b) No employer shall withhold wages or salary from a full-time employee summoned to jury service because of the employee's absence from work on any day that the employee, reports for jury duty, or serves as a juror or on a venire panel for a period not to exceed five (5) working days, provided that the employee gives a copy of the summons to his or her immediate supervisor within five (5) working days prior to the commencement of his or her jury service and provided further that the employer can deny or withhold from the employee's usual wages or salary an amount equal to the statutory fees to which the employee is entitled for performing jury service or otherwise. This subsection includes a full-time employee whose regular work schedule does not fall within the daily time period for jury service. The full-time employee shall be excused from work by the employer during each day the employee provides jury service, regardless of the regularly scheduled time such employee reports to work, and shall be compensated by the employer as provided for in this subsection.

(c) Definitions: As used in this Section 1-9, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed:

  1. Full-time employee shall mean an individual employed by an employer and regularly scheduled to work at least thirty-five (35) hours per week.
  2. Jury service shall mean being summoned and reporting for jury service as well as actual service on a jury, or summoned to sit on a venire panel.
  3. Wages or Salary shall mean the employee's regular salary, draw, or compensation, but does not include commissions, overtime pay, or compensation for more than eight (8) working hours per day.

(d) Any person in violation of this section shall be punished as provided by law.

(Ord. No. 86-55, §§ 1—3, 10-14-86; Ord. No. 89-54, § 1, 12-12-89; Ord. No. 2002-63, § 1, 12-10-02)

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How should I dress?

Maintaining the dignity of the Court with proper attire is required.
Shorts, tank tops and flip-flops are not acceptable attire.
Courtrooms tend to be cool and you may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket for your comfort.

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What happens if I do not appear?

Failure to comply with a Jury Summons can result in a $100.00 fine and/or Contempt of Court.

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How long is Jury Service?

Jury Service is generally for one day; HOWEVER, you must serve until the end of the jury selection process. If you are selected for a trial, you must serve for the length of that trial.

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