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Texas Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Citizens of Texas who are 18 or older and can read and write and have not been convicted of or indicted for a misdemeanor theft or a felony may be called to jury duty. Jury duty usually lasts 1 week or for the duration of a case on which the prospective juror has been accepted, depending on the court.
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There are several reasons that citizens may be excused from jury duty, but usually employees will not be excused for economic or work-related reasons. Citizens who are called to jury duty and either fail to show up or provide a false claim of exemption for not appearing are subject to fines.
Note: Jurors are not allowed to use cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices in jury rooms or court rooms.
The Texas Judicial Council and the Office of Court Administration maintain a comprehensive jury information website at http://www.courts.state.tx.us.
Jury duty. Under Texas law, it is illegal to discharge a permanent employee who has been called to serve on jury duty. Employees discharged in violation of this provision must be reinstated to the same position, provided the employee notifies the employer of an intent to return to work as soon as practically possible after being released from jury duty. In addition, aggrieved employees may sue their employer for damages and attorneys' fees (TX Civil Practice and Remedies Code Sec. 122.001, Sec. 122.002et seq.).
Employers that terminate, punish, or threaten employees with termination or punishment for performing jury duty may be held in contempt of court.
Court appearance. State law prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, or penalizing an employee who has been subpoenaed to appear in a civil, criminal, legislative, or administrative proceeding. ...

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