Juror Rights & 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 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)

Failure to Answer Summons & Penalties
A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). According to Government Code, Section 62.111, a person shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 if the person:
  1. Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse
  2. Files a false claim of exemption from jury service.
Courtroom Etiquette
All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably befitting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings. All cell phones and pagers should be turned off upon entering the courtroom. Appropriate clothing is required. No shorts, no halter tops, and no bare midriffs will be permitted. Please also remove your hat upon entering the courtroom.