Cases heard by the Beaumont Municipal Court are Class C criminal misdemeanor violations that are punishable by fine only. Jurors are randomly selected from voter registration lists. If selected, jury service is normally for one day. Jury trials are held every Tuesday. Jurors are paid at a rate of $6 per day.
Juror's Rights & Responsibilities
Right to Reemployment
A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return. (Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001).
Terminating an employee for performing jury duty is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000 (Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Sec. 122.0021).
Failure to Answer Summons & Penalties
Any person summoned who fails to attend or who fails to remain in attendance until discharged by the court may be fined an amount not to exceed $100 for contempt (Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 45.027).
Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person:
- Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse.
- Files a false claim of exemption from jury service (Government Code, Section 62.111).
Furthermore, if a person knowingly provides false information in a request for an exemption to be excused from jury service, the person is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine not less than $100 or more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141).
Proper Clothing Required
All persons entering the courtroom must be dressed appropriately so as to maintain the dignity, decorum, and professional atmosphere of the court and the administration of justice. No one will be permitted in the courtroom in shorts or in any immodest or revealing wear such as halter tops or tube tops. Any clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions, or pictures will not be allowed in the courtroom. Pants are to be worn at the waist. No exposed undergarments are permitted. Pants that are tattered, shredded, or that expose skin are not permitted. No hats, caps, head coverings, or sunglasses may be worn in the courtroom, except with prior permission of the court.
Exempt / Disqualified
You do not need to appear in person if you are exempt or not qualified for jury service. To claim an exemption or report your disqualification you must complete the jury service exemption form, sign it, and mail or hand deliver it to the Beaumont Municipal Court.
Government Code, Section 62.102
To serve as a juror you must meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be a citizen/resident of the City of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. (Government Code, Section 62.501; specific to municipal courts).
- Be qualified under the Constitution and laws to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror.
(Please note: you do not have to be registered to vote to be qualified to vote)
- Be of sound mind and good moral character.
- Be able to read and write.
- Not have 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.
- Not have been convicted of theft or any felony.
- Not be under indictment or other legal accusation of a misdemeanor theft, felony theft, or any other felony charge.
Government Code, Section 62.106
You may be excused from jury service if:
- You are over 70 years of age.
- You have legal custody of a child less than 12 years of age and jury service would require leaving the child unsupervised.
- You are a student at a public or private high school.
- You are enrolled and attend college.
- You are an officer or an employee of the Senate, the House of Representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of state government.
- You are the primary caretaker of a person who is invalid and unable to care for himself or herself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.).
- You are a member of the U.S. military forces serving on active duty and deployed to a location away from your home station and out of your county of residence.
Please note: You are not required to claim an exemption. It is your choice.