Jury Duty

Jury service is an important part of our judicial system and a necessary civic duty, required by law. The goal of the Clerk’s jury staff is to summons qualified jurors made up of a fair cross section of the community including working individuals, retirees, members of different sexes and social backgrounds, to constitute a legal jury for the civil and criminal courts of Glades County.

Potential jurors are drawn at random from three sources in accordance with F.S. 40.01 and 40.011:

  • Glades residents that hold a valid State of Florida’s driver’s license
  • Glades residents 18 years old or older that hold identification cards issued by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
  • Glades residents 18 years old or older who have voluntarily submitted affidavits offering their name for possible use in jury selection

The basic requirements for being eligible for Jury Duty are as follows:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Legal residency within the county that issues the summons
  • Minimum age of at least 18 years

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do if I receive a jury summons?
You need to read the jury summons for specific instructions on what to do. The summons will instruct you on when you need to report for jury service. You will need to (863) 946-6011 after 5:00 p.m., the DAY BEFORE you are scheduled to report to receive a recorded message as to whether or not your service is still required.  If you are scheduled to report on a Monday please call the above number on the weekend to hear the message.

How do I report for jury duty?
Once you have called the number listed above to confirm you are to report for jury service, you are to report for Jury Service at the location and time stated on your jury summons. The Courthouse is located at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. 

How long will I be required to serve on jury duty?
The first day of jury service is limited to jury selection. Not all potential jurors are selected to serve on the jury. If you are not selected as a juror, you will be released from service on this first day. Depending on the type of trial, the selection process may take as little as several hours or all day. If you are selected as a juror, you will be instructed when to return for the trial. The circumstances of each trial are different and the length of each trial varies.

What should I wear for jury selection and jury duty?
The dress code for court is general business attire. Casual attire is acceptable. However, you should not wear tank tops, shorts, or flip-flops.

What if I have a disability or medical condition?
If you are a person with a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) who needs an accommodation in order to participate in the jury selection process, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Clerk’s Office at (863) 946-6011 within two (2) working days of receipt of your jury summons.

Can I be excused from jury service?
If you believe you have a circumstance, medical or otherwise, for which you might need to postpone jury service or be excused from jury service, you may contact the Clerk’s Office at(863) 946-6011 for instructions on how to make this request.

Chapter 40 of the Florida Statutes state that “a person 70 years of age or older shall be excused from jury service upon request” and “a person who is 70 years of age or older may also be permanently excused from jury service upon written request. To make such a request, please complete the Jury Excusal Form and mail it to P.O. Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471, Attention Jury.

Will I be paid for jury service?
If you will receive regular pay from your employer during jury service, you are not entitled to compensation for the first three days of jury service. If you will not receive regular pay, you are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first three days of service. All jurors will receive $30 on the fourth day and each day thereafter. In order to receive juror compensation, you will need to request compensation at the front Receptionist desk in the Clerk’s Office.

Where do I park for jury service and is there a fee for parking?
Juror parking is provided free of charge in the rear of the Courthouse as well as the side and rear parking lots next to the Tax Collector’s Office and at the Old Courthouse on High Drive.

If you have a question please call our office at (863) 946-6011.