Excuses From Jury Service
You are entitled to be excused as a juror if you:
Are over 70 years of age
Have legal custody of a child under 10 years of age and jury service would leave the child unsupervised
Are a student registered in class
Are an officer or employee of the Texas Senate, House of Representatives or department, commission, board office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government
Are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for themselves (an invalid)
Are a member of the U.S. military forces on active duty and deployed away from your home station and out of your county of residence
Can show a physical or mental impairment or an inability to comprehend or to communicate in English
If you cannot serve the week that you have been scheduled for jury duty, you are eligible to be rescheduled 1 time within 6 months of the date of your original summons. To reschedule online, you may fill out the Claim Exemptions/Disqualifications or Reschedule Form. A new date will be emailed to you. You may obtain a second postponement only in the event of the death of a family member or similar catastrophic event.
If you wish to claim an exemption, you may fill out the Claim Exemptions/Disqualifications or Reschedule Form and fill out the form to claim an exemption. You may also circle the exemption that you are claiming, sign the card, and place it in the mail.
If your exemption is a result of ill health or a physical condition, then you must furnish a doctor’s letter stating that you are unable to serve as a juror. The doctor may fax the letter to the District Clerk’s Office at 254-757-5060. Your name must be stated clearly on the doctor’s letter. Please fill out a Permanent Medical Exemption Request (PDF) to apply.