- Jury duty is one day or one trial. If you are assigned to a trial that ends the day of your summons, your jury service is over. You will not need to appear on the following day. If the trial continues longer than the day you are summoned for, you will need to fulfill your civic duty until the end of that trial.
- To ensure the right to trial by jury, jurors are randomly selected from a list supplied by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The database is updated annually with any changes or new residents and provided to the Clerk. (Section 40.221 Florida Statutes)
What do I need to do if I misplaced my jury summons and do not remember my report number and service date?
You may call 239-533-9153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your reporting information. You will need to provide your full name as it appears on your driver license or identification card and your date of birth.
- You must:
- Be over the age of 18 years
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a legal resident of the State of Florida and Lee County
- Possess a valid driver license or identification card issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- Not have been convicted of a felony crime under the laws of the State of Florida, the United States, or any other country, without having been restored to your civil rights by amnesty or pardon.
- Not have any prosecution pending against you in any court
- Not have any mental or physical handicap that could render you incapable of serving as a juror.
Business attire is most appropriate, but casual wear is acceptable. The courts require that you do not wear shorts. Also, the courtrooms tend to be cool, so you may want to bring a sweater.
Yes, you may bring your electronic devices. However, please be aware that all electronic devices will be removed from all members of a jury panel before jury deliberations begin and/or any other stage of a trial as directed by the presiding judge.
Once in the courtroom, the judge will inform jurors how long the trial is anticipated to last. They may excuse those jurors who will suffer an extreme hardship if the trial lasts longer than one day.
Visit the online Request for Excusal or Postponement and select the Request Schedule Change option. The ability to postpone your service is available only one time using the online form. You may also submit your request to email@example.com, fax your request to 239-485-2585, or mail your completed Request for Excusal/Postponement form attached to your summons. All requests must be received by our office at least five business days prior to the date you are summoned to serve.
When requesting a postponement, you will need to choose a date you CAN serve and provide the reason for postponing. The date must be greater than six weeks but cannot exceed six months from your originally scheduled date.
- If you completed the Request Schedule Change form on the online form, you may return to the Request for Excusal or Postponement immediately and view your new reporting date. A new summons with a new report number will be mailed to your address five weeks prior to your new service date. If you submitted your request by fax or mail, you will receive postal notification.
Visit the online Request for Excusal or Postponement, and select the Request for Excusal option. There you will find a list of reasons for excusal. If your reason is listed, complete the form and submit. You may also submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax your request to 239-485-2585, or mail your completed Request for Excusal/Postponement form attached to your summons. If your excuse is not listed, please submit a letter explaining the reason why you cannot serve. The Jury Department must receive all requests at least five days prior to your date of service.
If you submitted your request online, you may return to Request for Excusal or Postponement after two business days. If approved, your status will show "Ended," which means you are excused and no further action is required. If your status is "Summoned," your request for excusal was denied and you must report on the date indicated. If you submitted your request by fax or mail, you will receive postcard notification.
- Jurors must be screened at the security checks at the entrance of the Justice Center. Prohibited items include: outside beverages, tape recorders, pocket knives, scissors and mace as well as any other type of dangerous or hazardous materials or property. Court security will NOT hold or return items to you. For complete information, please refer to the Courthouse Security section of the Court Administration website.
Under the penalty of perjury, you may request to be excused from Jury Service for one of the following reasons:
- Expectant mother
- 70 years old or older
- Parent not employed full time with child under 6 years old
- Physically unable to serve
- Served as juror in Lee County within the last 12 months
- Sole unpaid caregiver of a person who is incapable of caring for himself/herself because of physical and/or mental illness
- Full-time law enforcement officer
- Convicted of a felony and civil rights have not been restored
- Currently under prosecution for a crime
- Currently on probation/parole
- Not a legal resident of Lee County
- Not a citizen of the United States
How can I obtain a service certificate as proof of serving jury duty for my records and/or for my employer?Visit the Request for Excusal, Postponement or Service Certificate website. Answer the three security questions, then select the Service Certificate tab from the dashboard. Click on the Generate Service Certificate in PDF to print or email the certificate.