Jury Duty Assistance

The Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office considers it an honor to coordinate our court system’s jury duty services. Assisting citizens with the process is a top priority and important to the success of our judicial system as a whole.

Due to COVID-19, jury trials are currently suspended.  However, we look forward to welcoming back citizens to the Clay County Courthouse for jury duty service once restrictions are lifted.

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Clerks located in our courthouse coordinate jury summons, jury orientation and answer many questions about jury duty.

Bill of Rights and Trial By Jury of Your Peers

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense”.    – U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI.

The right to a fair trial before a jury of one’s peers is a foundation of our democracy, and one of the hallmarks of an open, just and free society. However, a person can only obtain a trial before such an impartial jury if sufficient people step forward to serve on these juries. Implicit in us having the right of a trial before an impartial jury is that we also accept our responsibility of serving on a jury when required.

All adult citizens who are residents of Clay County and possess a Florida driver’s license or other qualifying identification are subject to summons for jury duty.

When reporting for jury duty, you may park in any available public lot, including the parking lot at the south end of the courthouse.  Public parking is also available at the corner of Palmetto Avenue and Houston Street.

Check-in is located in the Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Courtroom 2, of the Clay County Courthouse. Please bring an acceptable form of identification such as a Florida Driver’s License, Florida Identification Card or a passport.  You may wish to bring reading or writing material as delays may occur during jury assignment and selection.  Jury service lasts for one day or, if you are selected for a jury, for the length of the trial.

Please dress appropriately. Casual clothes such as jeans, shorts or t-shirts are not appropriate.  For men, dress slacks, khakis, coat and tie, or collared shirts are appropriate.  For women, dresses, dress slacks or pants suits are appropriate.  Any military uniform or other uniform(s) are appropriate.  Electronic devices will be removed from all members of a jury panel before jury deliberations begin.   The presiding judge may also request they be removed at other stages of the trial.

Questions regarding jury duty can be answered by Clerk’s Office personnel. Please call (904)278-3692.

Some exemptions apply:

  • You have served as a juror in Clay County within the past 12 months
  • You have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored

The Clerk’s Office can excuse you from jury duty for one of the following reasons:

  • You are 70 years of age or older
  • You are an expectant mother or a parent that is not employed full-time and has custody of a child under six years of age
  • You are a law enforcement officer or investigator
  • You are responsible for the care of someone mentally or physically unable to care for themselves
  • A person may be excused from jury service upon a showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity
  • You are not a citizen of Clay County
  • You are not a citizen of the United States

Disability Accommodations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities who need any accommodation to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator at (904) 255-1695 or crtintrp@coj.net at least seven (7) days before your scheduled appearance. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711.

Picture of the chairs that are inside the Jury Box
Court room
Picture of the chairs that are inside the Jury Box