A juror must be fair and impartial and able to make decisions free of any bias or prejudice. Jurors are charged with carefully listening to and evaluating all evidence presented in the case.
The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to a trial by an impartial jury. The jurors must unanimously agree that the defendant is or is not guilty of the offense alleged.
Jurors are randomly selected from a list provided by Dallas and Ellis county voter registration listings. The panel selected will consist of six persons who reside in the City of Glenn Heights.
Jury service will only require your presence for one day. If you wish to be exempt, access the jury exemption form (PDF).
You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice. You may be excused from jury service if:
- You are over 70 years of age
- You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 15 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision
- You are a student at a public or private high school
- You are enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher learning
- You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government
- You are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself or herself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers)
- You are a member of the U.S. military forces serving on active duty and employed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence
Failure to Appear
Failure to appear for jury service will result in the court filing contempt charges and assessing a fine of $100.