CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA



Things to Know

Things to Know

Courtroom Attire

Business casual attire is considered appropriate for men and women.  No shorts or tank tops.  Courtrooms are air-conditioned, so you may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket for your comfort.

Parking
There is free parking for jurors at the following locations:

  • City of Tampa Parking Garage Located on the 901 East Twiggs Street, Tampa Fl 33602. This garage is located immediately west of Nebraska (entrance 6’7” high). 
  • Fort Brooke Parking Garage, 107 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602. This lot is located at the corner of Florida Avenue and Whiting Street (entrance 6’7” high). Use the Whiting Street entrance for parking.
  • If your vehicle exceeds a height of 6’7”, you must park at the City of Tampa – Jackson Street parking lot, 420 E Jackson Street, Tampa FL 33602. This is an open lot and is located at the corner with entrances on both Kennedy Blvd. and Jackson St.  For more information on the parking garages, Please visit http://www.tampagov.net/parking.

To receive free parking at the garages listed above, you must bring your parking receipt for validation with you when you report. This is your responsibility. Any juror parking at other facilities WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

    NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISED: City of Tampa Parking facilities cannot accommodate motorcycles and scooters. If any juror rides a motorcycle of scooter en route to perform jury service, you will be responsible for parking at other locations without reimbursement. For bus schedules, call HARTLINE (254-4278).

Excusals/Disqualifications
Please review the front of your summons for information on exemptions, postponements or mandatory disqualification.  If appropriate, please fill out A, B, or C and send to: Jury Services, PO Box 3388, Tampa, FL  33601-3388 or Fax to (813) 272-5568.  A Jury Services Representative will notify you only if your request is being denied.  If you are not contacted, your request is being granted.  A new jury summons will be issued for a later date on all postponements.

Length of Service
Please note that although your report date is scheduled for Monday, your service can be for the report date only, from the report date through sometime that week, or, in rare circumstances, from the report date through several weeks.  Plan on the entire day for jury service, for there is not a specific time of day that the courts conclude.  Please make arrangements with family, friends, and/or your employer with regard to this potential time frame.

Compensation
Pursuant to Section 40.24, Florida Statutes, jurors who are regularly employed and who continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are not entitled to receive compensation for the first 3 days of juror service.  Jurors who are not regularly employed or who do not continue to receive regular wages while serving as a juror are entitled to receive $15 per day for the first 3 days of juror service.  All jurors who serve more than 3 days will be paid $30 per day for the fourth day of service and each day thereafter, regardless of the employment status.

Need Special Accommodations
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, Hillsborough County Courthouse, 800 E Twiggs St, Room 604, Tampa, FL  33602, (813) 272-5894, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days.  If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

Additional Information
Before Reporting
Please read your summons carefully. The date, time and place to report are printed on it, along with your juror number. Please change name and address if incorrect.  A recorded telephone message provides jurors with general information about jury service. Call (813) 276-2029 EXT 4747 to receive this important message.  THE NIGHT BEFORE (WEEKEND OF) your jury service date, call (813) 276-2029, EXT 4747 (have your summons in hand with your juror number). Listen carefully to the recorded message advising if you need to report. Persons using a rotary telephone must call on Friday between 4PM and 5PM.  If the telephone recording is not in operation, please call the emergency number (813) 272-5300. 

When You Report
Park in one of the City of Tampa parking garages (listed under Parking) for free parking and remember to bring your parking receipt with you.
All persons entering the courthouse will be subject to security screening for weapons and other items which may not be brought in to the courthouse. For a list of these items, please go to the Clerk’s internet website (should we provide a link here to go straight to the list) I tried to find it but could not.  Cell phones/Pagers should be turned off when you are in the courtroom.