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Jury Rights and Responsibilities

Right to Reemployment: A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror.  An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for a jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return.  (Civil practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001)

Penalty for Defaulting jurors:  A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141).  Additionally, a juror shall be fined not less than $10 no more than $100 if he: (1) fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; or (2) files a false claim of exemption from jury service.  (Government Code, Section 62.111)

Proper clothing required:  All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings (e.g., shorts, tanktops, or T-shirts NOT permitted).

Exempt or disqualified:  You do not need to appear in person if you are exempt of not qualified for jury service.  To claim an exemption or report your disqualification you must complete the exemption form, sign it and mail to the following address:

Rhonda Barchak, District Clerk
111 E. Locust, Suite 500
Angleton, TX  77515-4678

 
 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

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