Jury duty is an opportunity for the Judicial Branch to showcase legal procedure to the public.  It is live, reality courtroom drama, and if you are selected to sit on a jury, then you have a reserved seat up front for the trial.

Unless you are 80 years old, pregnant, and the governor or lieutenant governor, you could be asked to serve on a jury.  (Even if you are all those things, you still need to request to be excused.)  Eligibility requirements include:  US citizenship, at least 18 years old, Florida driver’s license or state identification, and a resident of Florida in the respective county.

Do you get paid to be a juror?  It depends.  Your employment status and length of service as a juror help determine if and how much you may get paid.  You might not want to plan that trip to Acapulco based on juror compensation.

A Jury Summons, like any court summons, is a formal invitation that requires your appropriate response.  You cannot just write “Our regrets” and return the summons—it is not a missive from Miss Manners!  You do not have to eat with the right fork, but you do need to make a proper reply—often showing up on time does the trick.

Thank you for your service, jurors.  As the Florida Bar points out regarding jury duty:  “Attendance is essential to the fair administration of justice.”