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Chambers County Jury Services
Use this link to complete the online questionnaire required by your postcard summons.
The post card is your official summons.
Summons by post card - the post card you received in the mail is your official jury summons which includes the date, time, and location for you to appear. It also requires you to complete your questionnaire and includes three methods to access it:
Please realize that if you have not already completed the questionnaire online or brought it with you in the case of us mailing it, you will be required to do so at check in where jury staff will be there to assist you.
The question asking "if you are the primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for themselves" does not include after school childcare.
Administered by the Chambers County District Clerk's Office, our new Jury Services Department is your one-stop shop for correspondence, notices, and jury questions in Chambers District, County Court at Law, County and Justice of the Peace courts. This new system was approved by the Chambers County Commissioners Court to make the jury process more efficient and effective.
The new system is designed to be easy and quick to use. It will allow a jury to register and complete an online questionnaire. Once registered, jurors will receive notifications and updates to their jury service via email, phone, or text message. Our jury services coordinator is available to serve Chambers County courts and citizens.
Jury service is one of the most important responsibilities we as citizens have, second only to the right to vote and is a vital component of the American Justice System. As intended by the United State Constitution, the impartial and random selection of jurors is performed without regard to race, sex, occupation, education, or economic level, and is done so to assemble a representative cross-section of the county’s population. The Chambers County Justice of the Peace courts elected to also choose from a cross-section of the entire county, regardless of what precinct a juror resides in.
The conclusions made by a jury are critically important. The case being heard may be as complex as a contract suit involving millions of dollars, or as simple as one involving a traffic violation. To insure that the decision of the court is a fair and just one, each juror must take his or her duty seriously. It is the responsibility of each resident of Chambers County to answer the call when summoned for jury duty.
The Chambers County Jury Services department is excited to introduce our new eResponse system. This web-based system gives you the opportunity to respond to your jury service notices online.
Summons by post card - the post card you received in the mail is your official jury summons and includes a QR code that is a link to eResponse. The county website is also listed that will bring you to this page. Or, if you have no means of completing the questionnaire by phone, iPad, or computer, call our office to have a questionnaire mailed to you.
This system will allow you to provide an e-mail and phone number that will be used to send you notifications and reminders regarding your jury service.
On eResponse you can:
If you have questions or wish to defer your jury service date, contact the jury service coordinator 409-267-2432.
If you do not have access to a computer, iPad or smart phone to access eResponse you can call the Interactive Voice Response system at 409-207-8759 to check your status. If you need further assistance or wish to submit your paper questionnaire please contact the jury services coordinator at email@example.com or call 409-267-2432.
To access eResponse you will need your juror candidate number and your date of birth. The juror candidate number can be located on your postcard or reminder letter located below your name.
Please click the button below to access eResponse .
Yes. The United States Constitution and the Texas State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. State law obligates all qualified residents to serve as a juror.
In addition, Texas Government Code, Section 62.0141, Section 62.111 and Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 19A.054 all state that a person shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 if the person fails to attend court in obedience to a summons without reasonable excuse or files a false claim of exemption from jury service.
You were selected at random through the electronic jury system used by the Chambers County Jury Services department from a list provided to us by the Texas Secretary of State. This list is composed of those holding a valid driver’s license, personal ID card/certificate, and or voter registration in Chambers County Texas.
If you qualify to claim an exemption or disqualification from jury service then you will be excused and will not have to appear on your summons date. In order to claim either, log onto eResponse and complete the questions. Based on your answers the system will determine if you qualify for either and will inform you that the exemption/disqualification has been approved. No further action will be necessary from you.
Once you have completed the questionnaire in eResponse you may log back into the system and request a deferral. The jury service coordinator will assist you from that point on.
No. State law prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror.
Note to employers. Pursuant to Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001 Juror’s Right to Reemployment; Notice of Intent to Return.
No. State law does not require employers to compensate their employees while on jury service. Many employers, however, do support the jury system. Please check with your employer regarding your company’s policy.
“Business casual” is considered the appropriate way to dress for jury service. Nice jeans are also allowed. Shorts, uniforms, tank tops, flip flops, holes in any clothing is not allowed. Hats can be worn but will be required to be removed in the courtroom.
Chambers County will try to accommodate anyone with a disability or medical/mental health issue, however, a juror my also choose to be excused because of a disability or medical/mental health issue. If this is the case, a juror must present a Juror Disability & Medical/Mental Certification Form to their physician to be completed and returned to the jury service coordinator within 15 days of their notification for service. Otherwise, the juror’s name will be placed back in the jury pool for summons.
Please complete the eResponse questionnaire and indicate you will be completing this form so we can place your status in “documentation pending”. You can deliver this form by mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax 409-267-8209.
No. You cannot be excused for work related or economic reasons. However, once you are in the voire dire process within a judge’s courtroom you can make your request known to the attorneys and they will make a final decision.
Just call the office ahead of time, anyone of my trained deputies can discuss the possibility of postponing your jury service for up to 60 days to accommodate your schedule.
No one from Chambers County will ever call or text you requesting you pay a fine for failing to appear for jury service. If you receive this type of communication, please notify the Chamber County Sheriff’s Office 409-267-3220 and report it.
If you do not meet each of the below qualifications you cannot serve as a juror in Chambers County. If any of these apply to you mark it accordingly in eResponse and the system will remove you from jury service.
You are not required to claim an exemption from jury service; however, you may choose to be excused from this particular jury service if you are:
If you wish to claim a permanent exemption from all jury service, complete the Over 70 Permanent Exemption form and return it to the jury service coordinator.
Yes. Jurors who appear for jury selection will be paid $10.00 for their attendance (if it is determined that you do not live in Chambers County you will not be paid). You have the option to donate this $10.00 when you register through eResponse.
Jurors chosen to serve on a jury will be paid $40.00 per day or part of a day until their service is complete. A check will be mailed to the same address your summons was mailed to unless you supply us with a different address. You will have the opportunity to donate part or all of your payment.
Pursuant to Section 61.003 of the Texas Government Code, a juror has the option of donating their juror pay to the programs listed below:
Chambers County Child Welfare Board (foster children care): To provide coordinated state and local public welfare services for children and their families and for the coordinated use of federal, state, and local funds for these services under the direction of a child welfare board created by commissioner's court.
Chambers County Fallen Officers Memorial Fund: To provide financial assistance to families of fallen law enforcement officers of Chambers County.
Texas State Crime Victims Compensation Fund: To fund and encourage greater victim participation in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals and reimbursing innocent victims for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.
Bay Area Turning Point: To fund a local shelter for battered, abused and displaced women and their children. and support services for the homeless. This shelter serves the Greater Bay Area (Chambers County) and is funded by endorsement, grants, and fund-raising efforts of its communities.
Payment for jury service is processed in approximately 4 - 6 weeks. All payments are mailed by the Chambers County Treasurer’s Office.
404 Washington Ave. 3rd Floor
Anahuac, Texas 77514
PO Box 971
Anahuac, Texas 77514
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Chambers County Jury Services
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Anahuac, Texas 77514
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Anahuac, Texas 77514
Phone: (409) 267-2400
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