Q: What do I do to claim an exemption?
To claim an exemption from jury service, you must complete the jury summons form or send a letter referencing your court date and time, and return it to the College Station Municipal Court prior to the date you are summoned to appear. Please note that business and personal reasons are not qualified exemptions. The following persons are exempt from jury service.
Person over the age of seventy (70).
Person having legal custody of a child under the age of twelve only if jury service would necessitate leaving the child without adequate supervision. If you are employed full-time and your child attends school/day care, you are not entitled to this exemption.
Person enrolled and in actual attendance as a FULL-TIME student in an institution of higher education.
Officer or employee of the Senate, House of Representatives, or any other department, Commission, Board, Officer or other agency in the Legislative Branch of the State Government.
Student of public or private high school.
The primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself.
Not a resident or not living within the city limits of College Station.
Not eligible to be a registered voter.
Have been convicted of theft or any felony or under indictment or legal accusation for theft or any felony.
Any person filing a false claim of exemption can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000.00.
Q: What to do if you need to request another court time?
A: Send in your jury summons or a letter requesting another court date/time. The Presiding Judge will review the excuse and approve or not approve such a request. You must call court staff after 48 hours to check on the status of your request.
Q: When and whom can I call to see if I must appear for jury duty?
A: We have a jury information line to call after 5:00 pm the Monday before your jury service date. The phone number for Jury Information is 979-764-3775.
Q: What happens if I don't appear for jury duty?
A: You can be punished by a fine of $100.00.