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McAllen Division Juror Information
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I received a Juror Qualification Questionnaire. How do I complete the Qualification Questionnaire online?

This is NOT a summons to report for jury service. The purpose is to determine if you are qualified to serve as a juror for the U.S. District Court. If qualified to serve, you may be randomly summoned to serve at a later date between October 2013 and September 2017. To complete the Juror Qualification Questionnaire online, select the Qualification Questionnaire link, otherwise mail the completed form in the postage-paid envelope provided.

I have been summoned for jury service. How do I complete the Juror Form online?

To complete the Juror Form, select the Juror Form link, otherwise mail the completed form in the postage-paid envelope provided.

How long do I serve?

Prospective jurors are summoned for a date at the beginning of a month.  To confirm whether you need to report on your service date, select the Reporting Instructions link or call 1 (800) 582-9109 after 6:00 p.m. the evening before your appearance date.  Have your nine-digit participant number available.  The message will give you specific reporting instructions.

If you are told to report and you are selected as a juror, your service ends when the trial ends.  If you are not selected, your jury service will end on the date that juries are selected.

If you need additional information, please phone the jury section at (956) 618-8065. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What if I can't be there?

You may request to be exempted or excused from service or to have your service postponed.  You can either select the Postponement or Excuse Request link above or put your request in writing.  You must appear unless you are notified that the Court has granted your request.

Mail requests to:  United States District Court, Attn:  Jury Section, P.O. Box 5059, McAllen, TX 78502.

Exemptions

The Court may exempt you from service if you are:

  • A member in active service of the armed services of the United States.
  • A member of a fire or police department.
  • An elected official actively engaged in the performance of official duties.

Excuses

The Court may excuse you from jury service if you are a:

  • Person not employed outside the home, having active care and custody of a child under the age of ten whose health or safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service; or a person who is essential to the care of the aged or infirm persons and who is not employed outside the home.
  • Person who has served as a grand or petit juror in federal court within the past two years.
  • Person over seventy years of age.
  • Member of a federal law enforcement agency (like agents for Postal, FBI, Customs, etc.).
  • Member of a volunteer safety organization and work in an official capacity without compensation (fire fighters, rescue squads or ambulance crews).
  • Person for whom the jury service would cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience. (medical excuses require a precise doctor's statement)

Postponements

The Court may postpone your jury service. Any request for postponement must show why the delay is unavoidable.

Where do I report?

Report to the Jury Assembly Room, room number 1001, Federal Court in the Bentsen Tower, 1701 W. Business Hwy 83, McAllen, Texas. The courthouse is in downtown McAllen.

Do I reside in the McAllen Division?

Counties in the McAllen Division:

Hidalgo, Starr

Will I be paid?

Federal law authorizes the following payments:

  • $40.00 each day you come to the courthouse;
  • $.56 cents for each mile driven. The route driven must be the shortest practical one to and from the courthouse;
  • $141.00 subsistence rate for lodging may be allowed if you live over fifty (50) miles from the courthouse and you must stay overnight in a hotel to attend court (you must attach the lodging receipt to the form);
  • Other expenses including road tolls, parking and public transportation
How am I paid?

You will be paid at the end of your jury service. A United States treasury check will be issued and you should receive it within about two weeks.