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Victoria Division Juror Information

  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Please read the following important information regarding COVID-19 and jury service:

  • Please know that the Court is making every effort to ensure your safety.
  • Jurors must wear a mask at all times in both public and shared spaces of the building. If you do not have a mask, please identify yourself as a juror and one will be provided.
  • Prior to entering the courthouse, each juror will go through a screening process and temperature reading. Jurors will proceed directly to the jury selection area. Please adhere to safe social distancing throughout the courthouse including the security checkpoint, elevators and hallways. Floor decals and seating will be arranged for proper social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and gloves (not required) will be available in each designated jury area. We encourage you to use the hand sanitizer once you enter the designated room, when you leave and throughout the day.
  • The areas will be cleaned in advance as well as each evening, but please feel free to use the provided disinfecting wipes for your individual space.

Contact the Jury Office to arrange for a postponement if you:

  • have been diagnosed with, or had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the past 30 days;
  • have experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, or difficulty breathing);
  • are over the age of 60, or a person of any age with an underlying medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of developing serious health complications from COVID-19;
  • live with or provide direct care for a vulnerable person; or
  • have children at home who require your direct supervision due to school and/or daycare closings. NOTE: This applies if there is NO ONE else in the household who can provide care during jury service.

Proper documentation may be required.

  Qualification Questionnaire  
Reporting Instructions   Postponement or Excuse Request
Juror Information Form   Certificate of Attendance
  Map of Downtown Victoria  
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 between October 2017 and September 2021. 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.

When does my jury service begin?

Your summons gives you the date that you are to report for jury service.  Please read the "How long do I serve?" section that follows.

How long do I serve?

Jurors are "on-call" for a period of fifteen (15) consecutive days, beginning with the appearance date stated on your Jury Summons.  If you are selected to serve on a jury, your jury service will end when the trial is finished.  You may not have to come to court each day while on call, but you will be asked to check, either by phone or web, for future reporting instructions.

How do I know when to come to court?

Although you are scheduled to report on the appearance date stated on the Jury Summons form, the Court's schedule may change, therefore causing your appearance date to change.  Specific reporting instructions will be provided to you throughout the month.  There are two (2) ways to receive reporting instructions.  Choose the way that works best for you.

  • Call the Jury Information Line 1-800-582-9109, after 6:00 p.m. on the evening before your appearance date.  Enter your nine (9) digit Participant Number when prompted by the Call Attendant.
  • Select the Reporting Instructions link at the top of this page and enter your nine (9) digit Participant Number.

                                         Your Participant Number is on your Jury Summons form.

How do I know if I am no longer "on-call" for jury service?

Call the Jury Information Line 1-800-582-9109, or select the Reporting Instructions link at the top of this page after 6:00 p.m. on the evening before your appearance date.  Be sure to have your nine (9) digit Participant Number available.

What if I can't be there?

You may ask to be exempted or excused from jury service or to have your jury service postponed.

There are 2 ways to request exemption, excuse or postponement of jury service.  Choose the way that works best for you.  In both instances, you must put your request in writing and include a daytime phone number where you can be reached if we need additional information from you.

  • Select the Request Postponement or Excuse link above to complete the form online.


  • Mail your letter to:  U.S. District Court 312 S. Main St., Room 406, Victoria, Texas 77901

Call the Jury Information Line 1-800-582-9109, or select the Reporting Instructions link at the top of this page to find out the status of your request.  You will need your nine (9) digit Participant Number in order to receive this information.

                                         Your Participant Number is on your Jury Summons form.

You must appear for jury service unless we tell you that the Court has granted your request.



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.


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 your 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 (such as an agent 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 jury service would cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience. (medical excuses require a precise doctor's statement)


The Court may postpone your jury service.  A written request for postponement should explain specifically why the delay is unavoidable.

Where do I report?

Report to the Jury Assembly Room, Room Number 217, on the 2nd floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building, 312 S. Main, Victoria, Texas. The U.S. Post Office, Downtown Branch, is located on the 1st floor of the building. There is no assigned parking lot for this building.  Parallel parking is available on Main St., South of Church Street and on adjacent side streets.

Do I reside in the Victoria Division?

Counties in the Victoria Division:

Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio, and Victoria

Will I be paid?

Yes. At the end of your jury service, you will need to submit a form called “Juror Attendance and Mileage Certificate”. You will receive this form when you report for orientation. Federal law authorizes the following payments:

  • $50.00 for each day that you come to the courthouse for jury service.
  • $0.56 cents for each mile driven via the shortest, most direct route to and from the courthouse.
  • If you are selected to serve on a jury, a subsistence rate for lodging may be allowed if you live over fifty (50) miles from the courthouse and you stay overnight in a hotel in order 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?

A United States Treasury check will be mailed to you in about two weeks following completion of your jury service. The payment process will begin upon submission of your Juror Attendance and Mileage Certificate. This form will be provided to you at orientation.

Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

Yes.  If you report for jury service and participate in the jury selection process known as voir dire and/or are selected to serve as a juror on a case, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of your service.  You may select the Certificate of Attendance link above to print additional copies.