What are the requirements that I must meet to be a juror?

A qualified juror:

  • is at least 18 years of age;
  • is a citizen of Texas and a resident of Hill County;
  • is qualified under the constitution and laws to vote in Hill County (note: you do not have to be registered to vote);
  • is of sound mind and good moral character;
  • is able to read and write English;
  • has not served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court or during the preceding six months in the district court;
  • has not been convicted of misdemeanor theft or a felony; and
  • is not under indictment or other legal accusation for misdemeanor theft or a felony.

An exemption may be requested if the juror:

  • is over 70 years of age;
  • has legal custody of a child or children younger than 12 years of age and serving on the jury requires leaving the child or children without adequate supervision;
  • is a student of a public or private high school (must provide proof);
  • is a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education (must provide proof);
  • is an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives, or any department in the legislative branch of the state government (statement must be notarized);
  • is the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid, unable to care for himself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.);
  • has served as a juror in the district courts or county courts of Hill County within the last 36 months; or
  • is a member of the United States military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from the person’s home station and out of the person’s county of residence.