The right to a trial by jury is one of the principles guaranteed by the United States Constitution. It is the duty of every citizen to serve as a juror when called to do so.
Prospective jurors are randomly selected from the Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s list of drivers license and identification card holders residing in Palm Beach County. Jurors must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age, legal residents of Palm Beach County, and possess a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The Clerk & Comptroller will add the name of any person who is 18 years of age or older and who is a citizen of the United States and a legal resident of Florida and who indicates a desire to serve as a juror, but whose name does not appear on the Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s list, by requiring such person to execute an affidavit at the office of the clerk.
Download the Jury List Affidavit form (PDF).
When to Report
If you have received a summons, please call (561) 355-2930 or 888-780-5032 after 5:00 p.m. the day before you are to report to jury duty. A recorded message will tell you whether to report. If there is no message or the telephone line is not in operation and you have confirmed that the courthouse is open, please report as directed on the summons.
You will not be released from jury duty until:
- you have served as a juror on a trial; or
- you have appeared for service and were not selected as a juror; or
- you have been notified by the automated phone system that your service is not needed. You may be on telephone standby for up to one week from your original summons date.
If you fail to appear as directed, you may be fined $100, be found in contempt of court and be ordered to appear for service.
Where to Report
Please report to the Main Courthouse at 205 N. Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach (free juror parking is provided at the Judicial Parking Garage - see directions below).
Parking & Driving Directions
Free parking for jurors is provided at the Judicial Parking Garage located at 505 Banyan Boulevard. Please have your juror summons or I.D. badge available for inspection, and bring your parking ticket to the Jury Office to be validated each day.
- From I-95, exit OKEECHOBEE EAST, and stay in the right lane. Go 3/4 mile to the 2nd ramp on the right, which is AUSTRALIAN AVE NORTH.
- Take the north ramp, and then go 1 mile north on AUSTRALIAN AVE NORTH to BANYAN BLVD.
- Turn right on BANYAN BLVD EAST, and go 4 blocks.
- The juror entrance to the parking facility is on the left, between ROSEMARY AVE and QUADRILLE BLVD.
Tri-Rail is available to and from downtown West Palm Beach with Palm Tran feeder bus transportation (route #1) bringing you to the courthouse. For information on additional Tri-Rail or Palm Tran schedules in your area, call Tri-Rail at 1-800-874-7245 or Palm Tran at (561) 841-4287 or toll free at (877) 930-4287. Tri-Rail and Palm Tran tickets will not be reimbursed.
Jurors are entitled to two postponements that together do not exceed six months from the original summons date. If you want to postpone your service, please call (561) 355-2930 or 888-780-5032 for automated assistance. The automated system only allows you to reschedule up to three (3) months at any one time. You cannot reschedule within three (3) business days. You must choose a date that falls on a Monday through Thursday (excluding court holidays). You also may detach and mail the postcard from your summons to request a postponement.
Please detach and mail the postcard from your jury summons to request an excusal.
You may choose not to serve if:
- You are 70 or older
- You are responsible for the care of a person who is medically or mentally incapacitated and is incapable of caring for himself/herself (with proper documentation)
- You are an expectant mother
- You are a parent not working full time with custody of a child under six (6) years old
- You are a full-time law enforcement officer with arresting powers
- You were summoned and reported for jury service in Palm Beach County within one (1) year of the date for which summoned
You may not serve if:
- You are not a legal resident of Palm Beach County
- You are not a citizen of the United States
- You were convicted of a felony and civil rights have not been restored
- You are currently under criminal prosecution
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in jury service, you are entitled to provision of certain assistance at no cost to you. Please call the American with Disabilities Act Administrator at (561) 355-4380 at least seven (7) business days prior to your service, if possible. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771.
If you are selected to serve on a jury, electronic devices such as cell phones, cameras, laptop computers or any other similar technological device capable of making or transmitting images, text or data as well as audio and video recordings must, prior to the start of jury deliberations, be turned over to the courtroom deputy who will keep them while you deliberate.
Payment for Jury Service
You are entitled to a $15.00 per day payment from the state if you are:
- Regularly employed and your employer does not pay your wages while you're on jury duty
- Not employed
- Self employed
If you are selected for a trial that is longer than three days, you will be paid $30.00 per day for the 4th day and for each day thereafter, regardless of your employer’s compensation policy.
Please dress in appropriate business attire. Bring a jacket or sweater due to building temperature variations.
A cafeteria/snack bar is located inside the courthouse on the first floor. Various restaurants are within walking distance. For those bringing their lunch, a refrigerator and microwave are available in the juror office.
The jury office has a selection of reading materials and television programming. Free wireless internet access (WiFi) is available for those who bring wireless-enabled devices. See the information above regarding electronic devices.
Courthouse Security & Prohibited Items
When entering the courthouse, you will be required to go through security screening:
- Remove all items from your pockets (keys, coins, etc.) and put in a tray.
- Everything you bring into the courthouse must be put in a tray and screened - cell phones, laptops, books, magazines, etc.
- You will walk through a metal detector. If it beeps, security personnel will use a wand to determine the origin of the beep.
Items prohibited in the courthouse include, but are not limited to:
- Glass containers (glass water bottles, glass beverage bottles, glass perfume bottles, glass food containers, etc.)
- Guns (stun, real, toy, lighter, etc.)
- Blades (pocket knives or any other knives, razors, scissors, shears, hair picks, pins, corkscrews, box cutters, scrapers, can openers, etc.)
- Chemicals (mace, pepper spray, hair spray, large perfume bottles, anything flammable, etc.)
- Impact weapons (knuckles, club, hammer, etc.)
- Restraining devices (straps, chains)
- Other potiential weapons (files, knitting needles, nail clippers, letter openers, nail files, tweezers, silverware, flashlights longer than 3 inches, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and other tools).