Information for Jurors
Web Reporting Instructions
Prospective jurors must check the links below in accordance with your Jury Summons location.
Telephone Reporting Instructions
Jurors must call the telephone number indicated after 5 p.m. the FRIDAY before their start date for recorded instructions on when to report. The recording will instruct jurors to report on a specific day based on their start date and their juror number, so please locate your juror number and your start date on your summons prior to telephoning. The telephone number for your recorded reporting instructions for jurors who are reporting to the Jury Pool at the Dade County Courthouse is 305-349-7222 and for the Jury Pool at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, it is 305-548-5575.
The Clerk of Courts of Miami-Dade County, Florida fully recognizes and appreciates the significant role our jurors serve in the American Justice System. They make it possible for our courts to fulfill the constitutional guarantee of trial by jury by rendering verdicts which determine the outcome of both civil and criminal cases. Our judiciary and administrative staff are committed to making jury service in our civil and criminal courts a comfortable, informative and rewarding experience.
What is a jury?
A jury is a body of qualified citizens selected and sworn to decide disputed issues of fact in a civil or criminal trial, according to the law and the evidence presented in court.
Approximately 300,000 citizens in Miami-Dade County are randomly selected by a computer each year to be summoned to jury duty for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Summonses are mailed to citizens who possess a valid Florida driver's license or Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Receiving a Jury Summons
When you receive a jury summons, read it carefully as it provides answers to almost every question about jury duty. The summons contains a juror badge, information regarding excusing or postponing service, payment and parking instructions. You must bring the summons with you when reporting for jury duty.
Lost Jury Summons
If you have lost or misplaced your jury summons, please contact (305) 548-5695 or (305) 349-7775 for assistance, Tuesday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, please have your Florida Driver's License number or Florida Identification card number available so that the jury pool staff can assist you with your jury service information and determine where you are to report. If our jury pool staff cannot locate your jury service information with your Florida Driver's License number or Florida Identification card number, you may have been summoned to the Federal Court (305) 523-5190.
Attire and Dining
Please dress in appropriate business attire. Bring a jacket or sweater due to building temperature variations. Please no shorts or uniforms.
A cafeteria/snack bar is located inside either courthouse on the first floor and also inside the jury pool assembly rooms. Various restaurants are within walking distance of the Dade County Courthouse. For those bringing their lunch, a refrigerator and microwave are available in the Jury office at either courthouse.
Length of Service
The State of Florida utilizes a one day/one trial jury management system. That means that on the day you report for jury service your obligation is to be available to the Court for possible selection on a trial. If you are not selected to serve on a trial or in an ongoing selection by at the end of the first day, you will not have to report again the next day. However, if on your first day, you are selected on a trial, or in a selection process, you must serve until the end of the trial selection process or until the judge indicates that you are no longer needed. The average length of a jury trial in Miami-Dade County is three days.
Language comprehension issues are addressed in the courtroom, after you report on your start date at 8:00 a.m.