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Selection and Qualification

How was my name selected for jury duty?

The jury wheel, which is the list of potential jurors, comes from three lists:

  • All registered voters in Travis County
  • All registered voters from neighboring counties that reside within Austin city limits
  • All persons in Travis County with either a Texas driver's license or a Department of Public Safety identification card

Each year, the Voter lists and DPS lists are merged by matching the names as best as is possible to minimize duplications. The merged list is given to the Travis County District Clerk. The district clerk, county clerk, and sheriff then meet to 'reconstitute' the jury wheel by replacing the old list with the new one. Jury summonses are sent from the jury wheel on a random basis.

About 120,000 to 150,000 summonses are sent each year.

Being Assigned to a Trial

What options do I have for answering a jury summons?

You can respond to a summons one of two ways:

  • Anytime, on the Internet using I-Jury™.
  • Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, in person at the Travis County Jury Office.
    • 5325 Airport Blvd., Suite 1100, Austin, TX  78751
      (At the corner of Airport & 53-1/2 Street)
      Parking is available at 5501 Airport Blvd. (Map)

Getting Ready to go to Court

I have my date and time and court assigned. What happens next?

What You do:

WRITE THE ASSIGNMENT ON YOUR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL CALENDARS TO REMIND YOURSELF TO APPEAR IN COURT. You are now an Officer of the Court. This is an important responsibility, and your attendance in court is essential.

  • Save the email until your jury service is complete. Print the email if you can.
  • Read the assignment carefully and follow the instructions.
  • Keep checking your email and your voice mail for any assignment updates.

What we do:

Your I-Jury™ form and those of your fellow jurors are being provided to the judge of the court to whom you are assigned and to the attorneys who will be trying the case. The information on the forms are used to prepare for the trial.

Part of this preparation includes deciding exactly when the trial will start. If there is any change in start time, we will notify you as soon as possible, so checking your email and voice mail daily is important!

We hope you find these new features helpful, and we thank you for your service as a juror.

During the Trial

What happens if I don't show up?

The judge, court staff, attorneys, and fellow jurors expect you to arrive prepared for jury selection on time. The judge has the authority to authorize the Sheriff or Constable to apprehend jurors who fail to appear.

Failure to report for jury service carries a penalty of up to a $1000 fine, and in some instances, the judge can hold you in contempt of court and confine you to jail. Payment of a fine will not discharge you from jury service. You can still be required to serve even if you are fined.

If an emergency arises that keeps you from appearing, see section Getting Ready to go to Court - I don't think I'll be able to come to court as assigned. What should I do?

After the Trial is Over

How long before I'm called for jury service again?

We use lists of names from different sources to create the list of names for jury service. Sometimes, we are not able to match names from each of these lists. If we can't make the match, you might get another summons. If this occurs and you were selected to serve as a petit juror from the first summons, the law allows you a two-year exemption from having to serve a second time.

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Velva L. Price,
District Clerk

Biography
Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Court House
Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM

Jury/Passport Office
Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 4:30PM

Travis County Approved Holiday Schedule

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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