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Jury Service

Jurors perform a vital role in the American System of Justice. Jurors aid in the enforcement of the Law and uphold Justice among their fellow citizens. Jurors are requested to report for duty promptly at the time listed on the summons. Free parking is available behind the building and to the left of the Police Department parking lot. Jurors should bring the summons they received in the mail with them to the court.

To Serve As A Juror You Must Meet The Following Qualifications:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Be a citizen of this state and a resident of the county in which you are to serve as a juror
    (Note: by claiming this exemption you may no longer be eligible to vote in the county);
  3. Be qualified under the constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror
    (Note: you do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote);
  4. Be of sound mind and good moral character;
  5. Be able to read and write;
  6. Not have served as a juror for 6 days during the preceding 3 months in the county court or during the preceding 6 months in the district court;
  7. Not have been convicted of theft or any felony; and
  8. Not be under indictment or other legal accusation of a misdemeanor theft, felony theft, or any other felony charge;
  9. Currently live within the city limits of La Porte

You May Be Excused From Jury Service If:

  1. You are over 70 years of age;
  2. You have legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and service on the jury would require leaving the child or children without adequate supervision;
  3. You are a student of a public or private high school;
  4. You are enrolled and attend college;
  5. You are an officer or an employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government;
  6. 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);
  7. You have served as a juror in the county during the 24-month period prior to the date you are required to appear for this summons.
  8. You have been summoned for service in a county with a population of 250,000 and you have served as a petit juror in the county during the 3-year period preceding the date you are to appear for jury service;
  9. You are a member of the United States Military Forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.

*You are not required to claim an exception. It is your choice.

If you do not meet the qualifications listed above, or would like to request an exemption, you must complete the certified statement on the Jury Summons letter and mail prior to the trial date to:

La Porte Municipal Court
3005 N. 23rd Street
La Porte, TX 77571-3185

If you are unable to make the scheduled appearance date, you may request to be postponed to a later date by contacting the clerk’s office at (281) 471-4683.