People often ask us, how are jurors selected for service? The truth is prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle records. These records include residents eighteen years of age or older who are licensed drivers, and those who have a Florida Identification card.

Jury service will last one day or the length of one trial if you are selected. Whether or not you serve on a jury trial, your jury service for that day will fulfill your obligation for one year.

If you are sick or an emergency occurs on your service date, the Court will typically reschedule your jury service. If you are summoned to jury service and fail to attend, you can be fined up to $100 and face contempt proceedings which could result in the imposition of community service, or other sanctions, including jail time.

Next time you are selected, remember that jury duty is considered the highest service a citizen can perform, and it is imperative for the protection of our rights and liberties.

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