CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Jury Services

You have just received a summons to report for jury duty and may wonder how safe it is during the COVID19 pandemic. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Face coverings or face shields are mandatory for everyone entering the courthouse, including all jurors. Social distancing requirements will be followed. You must pass a health screening before entering the courthouse and extensive cleaning will happen between jury pools. We will do everything we can to keep you safe, and more details can be found below.

A jury trial is a bedrock principle of our country, and the only right mentioned in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Thank you for your service. Please watch this informative video created by our partners at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court.

View  additional juror coronavirus precautions before reporting for duty.

Jury Summons Information 

NOTE: Refer to the Report Number and Report Date on your summons.

View this page the evening before your jury service date AND the day of your jury service to receive the latest information on your jury status.

All jurors who requested to be excused or a postponement do not need to report.

Jurors summoned for Monday, November 30, 2020:

  • Juror Numbers 1 thru 300 need to report for duty at 7:30 AM
  • Juror Numbers 301 thru 600 need to report for duty at 10:30 AM
  • Juror Numbers 601 thru 900 have been called off; you do not need to report

Coronavirus Precautions

Jurors will need to arrive on time for their jury service, making sure to allow for additional time for adequate health and safety screenings.

Jurors cannot bring anyone with them into the courthouse who has not been summoned for jury duty that day. If someone drives a juror to the courthouse, they will need to remain outside until the juror's service has been completed.

Review the COVID-19 Juror Excusal and Postponement Request form to determine if you meet the requirements as provided for by the Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-23. If you meet the requirements, complete the form and return it to our office before your jury report day. All requests for excusal or postponement must be submitted in writing to Jury Services via email, by fax (813-272-5568) or by mail (Jury Services, PO Box 3388, Tampa FL 33602-3388). Requests for excusal or postponement are not accepted by phone. If you meet the requirements for excusal or postponement, your service will automatically be excused or postponed. 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 at a later date for all postponements.

Watch this video [external 3rd party link] for additional information on jury duty during the coronavirus pandemic.

What should I do before reporting?

  1. Read your summons carefully. The date, time and place to report are printed on it, along with your juror number. If your name or address is incorrect on the summons, cross it out and write-in the correct information.
  2. Contact our office the night before your jury service date AND the day of your jury service, and have your summons in hand showing your juror number. You can either call (813) 276-8100 x4747 (Press 1), check our Facebook page, or visit www.hillsclerk.com/jury to see if you still need to report. If the telephone recording is not in operation, please call the emergency number (813) 272-5300.

What type of clothing is appropriate?

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

Where do I park?

There is free parking for jurors at the following locations:

• City of Tampa Parking Garage, located at 901 E. Twiggs Street [external Google Map link]
• Fort Brooke Parking Garage, located at 107 N. Franklin Street [external Google Map link], with the entrance on Whiting Street.

Both garages can only accommodate vehicles that do not exceed a height of 6 feet 7 inches.

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: City of Tampa Parking facilities cannot accommodate motorcycles and scooters. If you ride a motorcycle or scooter en route to perform jury service, you will be responsible for parking at other locations without reimbursement. Click here [external 3rd party link] for HARTLINE bus schedules or call HARTLINE (813-254-4278).

May I be excused for personal reasons?

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, fax to (813) 272-5568 or email. 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.

Exemptions, Postponements and/or Disqualifications 
A. Exemption/Postponement
  • Expectant Mother
  • Parent not employed full-time, who has custody of a child under 6
  • Full time law enforcement officer or law enforcement investigative personnel
  •  Person responsible for care of another person who is incapable of caring for himself/herself
  •  Person 70 years of age or older
  •  Other – Specify 
B. Request for Postponement – Please provide explanation
C. Mandatory – Disqualified
  •  Convicted felon, civil rights not restored
  •  Under prosecution for any crime
  •  No longer residing in Hillsborough County
  •  Not a U.S. Citizen
  •  Clerk of Circuit Court or Judge
  •  Governor, Lt. Governor or Cabinet Officer

 

I lost my jury summons, how do I get another copy?

Call Jury Services at (813) 276-8100 x 4747. Give your name and date of birth, and a clerk will provide you with all the information you need to report to jury duty. When you arrive for jury duty, inform the clerk that you have lost your summons, and they will print you a duplicate copy.

How long will I be there?

Your service may 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, as there is not a specific time of day that the courts conclude. Make arrangements with family, friends, and/or your employer with regard to this potential time frame.

Will I get paid?

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.

What can I expect when I arrive?

Before arriving, watch these short videos for an introduction to the jury duty experience:

Pat Frank's Jury Services Overview

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit's Jury Duty Video 

All persons entering the courthouse will be subject to security screening for weapons and other items which may not be brought into the courthouse. Click here for a list of banned items. Cell phones or other electronic devices should be turned off when you are in the courtroom.

What do I do if I need special accommodations or have special needs?

If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in jury service, please contact the ADA Coordinator for the Hillsborough County Courthouse, 800 E Twiggs St, Room 604, Tampa, FL  33602, (813) 272-5894, at least 7 days before your scheduled jury duty, or immediately upon receiving your jury service notification.  If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

Breastfeeding jurors can use a lactation room at the courthouse. Visit the Information Booth located on the sixth floor of the Edgecomb Courthouse or the second floor of the Courthouse Annex in order to gain entry.


What are my options for contacting Jury Services?

Mail: P.O. Box 3388, Tampa, FL 33601-3388
Email: Contact us
Phone: (813) 276-8100, ext. 4747           
In person: Downtown Tampa 

Juror Scam Alert


All potential jurors for Hillsborough County are contacted by U.S. mail.  We do not contact you by phone and do not ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information.  Should you receive a phone call saying that you have failed to report for jury service and they ask for personal information, this is a potential theft scam.  DO NOT give out any personal information.