COVID-19 SUSPENSION OF JURY PROCEEDINGS AND JURY TRIALS
The Florida Supreme Court has extended the temporary suspension of grand jury proceedings and jury selection through July 26. If you recently received a jury summons, you do NOT need to report for service and your jury duty is considered fulfilled for one year.
JURY PROCEEDINGS AND JURY TRIAL
You have been chosen, by random selection, from a list of persons holding a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the honor and privilege of jury service. Your appearance is critical, the right to trial by jury is one of the principles guaranteed by the Constitution and is a crucial part of our justice system. The Clerk & Comptroller’s Office thanks you for your jury service, and we hope your experience will be interesting and positive.
Jury trials are held in Dade City and New Port Richey. The specific location where you are to report is provided on your jury summons. If you fail to report for jury service and have not obtained an excusal, the court may impose a fine and hold you in contempt of court.
Register for Jury Service
Jury summonses are mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. The Clerk & Comptroller’s Office never contacts jurors who failed to appear by phone. Additionally, law enforcement would not demand payment, in lieu of arrest, due to failure to appear for jury service. Should you receive a phone call saying that you have failed to report for jury service, and they ask for personal information or payment, this is a potential scam. Read the public notice about the scheme (PDF).
- Reporting Instructions
- Electronic Devices
- Term of Service
- Postponement or Excusal
- Bus Service
- Restoration of Civil Rights
You may obtain juror reporting instructions online. Instructions are available after 5 p.m. the evening before the reporting date located on your summons (including Sundays and holidays).
To hear a recorded message, call one of the following:
- Dade City: (352) 521-4200 or (800) 253-7734
- New Port Richey: (727) 847-8900 or (800) 253-7731
Have your juror sequence number ready before you call. This can be found in the section with the report date and time information, below the juror ID and group number. View an example juror summons: example juror summons (JPG).
If you are unable to view the juror reporting instructions or if the telephone recording is not operational, report for jury service as directed by your summons.
- Dade City: (352) 521-4454 or (800) 368-2411, Extension 4454
- New Port Richey: (727) 847-8044 or (800) 368-2411, Extension 8044
Persons with a disability requiring reasonable accommodations should call no later than seven days prior to any proceeding. Call one of the following numbers:
- Pasco County Customer Service Center: (727) 847-2411
- Pasco County Risk Management Office: (727) 847-8028
Chapter 40.24, Florida Statutes, establishes juror compensation.
A juror who is not regularly employed or who does not continue to receive regular wages during jury service is entitled to $15 per day.
Regular employment includes full-time, part-time, temporary, or casual employment, as long as the employment hours of a juror can be reasonably determined.
A juror who is employed and continues to receive regular wages while serving as a juror is not entitled to compensation by the State for the first three days of jury service.
All jurors required to serve more than three days will be compensated at $30 per day beginning on the fourth day of jury service.
Jurors should appear for jury service in a manner respectful of the court; everyday business attire is suggested and appreciated. Shorts, capris, undershirts, tank tops, etc. are not acceptable. Any person not appropriately dressed may be held in contempt of court or rescheduled to another date.
It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket for your comfort in the air-conditioned courtrooms.
The following items are prohibited in the courthouse:
- Aerosol cans
- Bladed weapons
- Box cutters
- Chemical weapons
- Clay and/or putty material
- Glass containers of any type or size
- Handcuffs/handcuff keys or any other restraining devices
- Impact weapons
- Knitting needles
- Oversized belt buckles
- Pepper spray
- Tape measures
Parking for the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center is on the south side of the building facing Live Oak Avenue.
New Port Richey
Parking for the West Pasco Judicial Center is on the north side of the building facing Citizen Drive.
Pursuant to Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order SC12-764 (PDF), electronic devices will be removed from all members of a jury panel before juror deliberations begin. Your device may be removed at other stages of the trial, as directed by the presiding judge.
For your convenience, a refrigerator and microwave are available in the Jury Assembly Room. You may bring lunch and/or snacks when reporting for jury service.
To make your service as comfortable as possible, the Jury Assembly Room includes the following features:
- ATM (only available in New Port Richey)
- Books and magazines
- Coffee, water, or tea
- Courteous and helpful staff
- Free Wi-Fi
- Lactation room
- Puzzles and games
- Snack bar (only available in New Port Richey)
- Vending machines
Term of Service
Pursuant to Chapter 40.41, Florida Statutes, the length of service for a juror shall not exceed 1 day unless the juror is assigned to or impaneled on a trial or unless the court orders otherwise.
If you qualify for an exemption, excusal, or postponement, submit your request online or follow the directions on your juror summons and return the completed form. You may confirm whether you are required to report by registering online.
You may not serve on a jury in Pasco County if one of the following exemptions applies to you:
- Convicted of a felony, unless civil rights restored
- Nonresident of Florida
- Nonresident of Pasco County
- Not a U.S. citizen
- Served as a juror in Pasco County within the last 12 months
- Under prosecution for any crime
Upon request, the following persons may be excused from jury service:
- Expectant mother
- Full-time law enforcement officer/investigative officer
- Full-time student
- Medical reasons (requires doctor's statement)
- A parent who is not employed full-time and has custody of a child under 6 years of age
- A person 70 years of age or older
- A person with a physical or mental incapacity who is permanently incapable of caring for one's self (requires doctor's statement)
Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) will provide free bus service for all jurors during their term of service. To receive the free transportation service, jurors simply present their summons to the driver. The summons will only serve as a free bus pass on the first day of jury service.
The jury coordinator will provide bus passes for jurors who are required to serve additional days. Please note this free bus service is only available for the length of your jury service. For a complete list of routes and schedules, visit the PCPT website.
Pasco County Public Transportation
8620 Galen Wilson Boulevard
Port Richey, FL 34668
West Pasco: (727) 834-3322
East Pasco: (727) 521-4587
Central Pasco: (727) 235-6073
Email Pasco County Public Transportation