Jury Services

Overview


One of the Constitutional rights 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.

Prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Driver Licenses Database of US citizens who are residents of Broward County and are 18 years of age or older. Jurors may serve only once in a calendar year.

Once in a courtroom, jurors will be qualified by the presiding judge and attorneys through the "voir dire" process. This process is used to select individuals who will sit and hear the evidence of a trial.

Reporting Instructions


SPECIAL NEEDS
For jurors who have special needs related to a disability please contact the Juror Services Division directly ??? during normal business hours.
ATTIRE
Maintaining the dignity of the Court with proper attire is required. Business casual is suggested. Uniforms, shorts, tank tops and flip-flops are not proper Courtroom attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater as courtrooms tend to be cool.
PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
You are allowed to bring cellphones and electronic devices, however, they cannot be used to research any civil or criminal cases while you are 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.
COURTHOUSE ADDRESS
Broward County Central Courthouse, 201 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33301, Room 03320.  Directions To This Location
REPORTING TIME
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.
PARKING IN THE GARAGE

Free reserved parking is provided for all those appearing for jury duty. Please bring the parking ticket that you will receive upon entering the parking garage, with you to be validated. 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. View the Jury Parking section for detail and maps.

IMPORTANT — 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.

ENTERING THE JUDICIAL COMPLEX
Upon entering the Judicial Complex, you will go through a security check which includes passing through a metal detector and placing items being carried through an X-ray machine. Items prohibited from the building include pocket knives, scissors and mace as well as any other types of dangerous or hazardous materials or property. Security will NOT hold or return prohibited items to you.

Juror Excusal and Postponement Requests


Juror Postponment


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, fax to 954-831-7054 or email to juryserices@browardclerk.org. For faster service, we encourage you to use the online Jury Excusal/Postponement web portal. Select Request Schedule Change from the Dashboard page. You will be notified by mail regarding the status of your request and postponement date.


Juror Excusal


If you qualify and choose not to serve or are ineligible to serve by law for one of the excusable reasons below, we encourage you to use the online Jury Excusal/Postponement web portal. Select Excuse Request Form from the Dashboard page.

IMPORTANT — 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.

You may choose not to serve if:

  • 70 years of age or older and wish to be excused permanently or for this time only.
  • Served on a jury in Broward County in the past 12 months — Must provide proof of service if you served in Federal Court.
  • Expectant mother — Doctor’s note is required.
  • Parent not employed full time with custody of a child less than 6 years of age.
  • Physical and/or mental incapacity or permanently incapable of caring for himself/herself — Doctor’s note is required.
  • Full time SWORN Law Enforcement Officer with arresting powers — Please call our office at 954-831-6089.
  • Sole unpaid caregiver of a person incapable of caring for themselves due to physical and/or mental illness — Doctor’s note is required.
  • Are Active Military

You may not serve if:

  • You are not a citizen of the United States — Must provide alien registration card, foreign passport or green card.
  • Convicted felon and your civil rights have not been restored — If your conviction was not in Broward /State Court, must provide your disposition or judgment.
  • No longer reside in Broward County — Must provide driver license, State ID or voters card.
  • Presently under criminal prosecution — If your case is not in Broward/State Court, must provide copy of future court date.
  • Presently on probation/parole — If you are not on probation in Broward County, you must provide your disposition.

Jury Parking


 Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

Free reserved parking is provided for all those appearing for jury duty. The parking garage is adjacent to the Judicial Complex and is located on the East side of the Courthouse.

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. 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. 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.

 Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

 Directions To Parking Garage at 540 SE 3rd Avenue

Employer 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:

  • Full-time employee shall mean an individual employed by an employer and regularly scheduled to work at least thirty-five (35) hours per week.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Information

EMAIL US
  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, East Building
    (Jury Administration)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  • 3rd Floor, Room: 03320

  •  954-831-6091
  •  954-831-7054 - (Fax)
  •  954-831-7051 - (Hurricane hotline or State of emergency)

  • Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays