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 driver’s license and identification card holders residing in Citrus County. Jurors must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age, legal residents of Citrus County, and possess a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The Clerk and 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.
When to Report
We will provide updates for reporting to jury duty on our homepage in the Clerk Connection "Jury Announcements" section. You will also find updates on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CitrusCountyClerk. You may also call (352) 341-6471 any time after 5pm on the Friday prior to your appearance date. 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 can also check for reporting information on our website and Facebook page.
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.
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.
Please detach and mail the bottom portion of your perforated jury summons to request an excusal. Alternatively, you may fill out the excusal form online by clicking here.
You may request a Disqualification if:
- You are under prosecution for a crime
- You are a convicted felon whose civil rights have not been restored
- You are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, a Clerk of Court, or a Judge
- You are not a U.S. Citizen
- You do not reside in Citrus County, Florida
- You are exempt from jury service because you was summoned and reported for jury duty within one (1) year from the reporting date listed on this summons.
You may request an Excusal if:
- You are over 70 years old and request excusal from this date only
- You are over 70 years old and request permanent exemption from jury duty
- You are an expectant mother
- You are a parent who is not employed full time and have custody of a child under 6 years of age
- You are a full-time law enforcement officer or investigator
- You are responsible for the care of someone mentally or physically unable to care for himself or herself
- You are physically sick or disabled
- You must submit a doctor's certificate by fax to 352-341-6413 or by email to JuryExcusals@citrusclerk.org.
- Failure to provide will result in denial of your request.
- You are a practicing attorney or physician
- You are a full-time student between 18 and 21 years of age.
- You are a person at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19
- You must care for a child or relative due to unavailable care for reasons related to COVID-19
- You are receiving leave pursuant to Families Coronavirus Response Act
You may request a Postponement if:
- You recently returned to work after being unemployed due to COVID-19
- You suffered a financial or personal hardship as a result of COVID-19
For additional jury related information, click on the link below to view the Handbook for Jurors pamphlet.