The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing businesses, industries, and agencies to reexamine their procedures. The Supreme Court of Texas, the Office of Court Administration, and the Governor have placed strict requirements on in-person court proceedings. The 394th District Court is implementing digital solutions to fulfill these requirements, and minimize your risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. We replaced several hours of sitting in a packed courtroom being questioned by the judge with this simple online questionnaire. As a potential juror, you must follow the instructions on this page.
Click the link below to check-in and complete the Juror Questionnaire. Have your jury summons in hand, to input your juror number. [Note: you must answer every question on this Questionnaire. Contrary to widespread misinformation, neither HIPAA nor the ADA gives anyone the right to refuse to answer these questions].
This trial will be conducted entirely online. You will not be going to the courthouse at all! You will participate in a safe and quiet location of your choosing, free of distractions with with solid high-speed Internet access. Please watch this 3 minute video with some quick tips about connecting for your service.
After you complete the Juror Questionnaire, watch your email for further instructions. If you exercised an exemption, you will be notified via email as to whether you are excused or not. You will also be contacted via email by the Court Coordinator with instructions on connecting to Zoom, and given a time-slot to practice logging on and joining Zoom hearings.
Unless you are excused by the Court, you will be required to log on to Zoom at the time and date listed on your jury summons. Dress appropriately, and be prompt, You must be fully dressed in courtroom appropriate attire, sitting up (not laying in bed), and not in a vehicle. Hats are not permitted. You will spend some time in the Zoom Waiting Room, and in breakout rooms -- please be patient, and do not disconnect. Be sure you have your computer or tablet plugged into a power source.
We have taken every precaution to protect the health and safety of everyone in the jury system. At this time, jury trials are entirely virtual, meaning that our goal is to have no one in the courthouse, at all. However, if you go to the courthouse for some reason, you must comply with our COVID19 Protocol, which details the procedures that you must follow when you arrive at the courthouse. Health screening, masking, social distancing, and hygiene are enforced for all participants. Please do not be surprised at these requirements when you enter the courthouse.
[Note - you must properly wear a mask over your mouth and nose to enter the courthouse and at all times while in the courthouse during court proceedings. Contrary to widespread misinformation, neither HIPAA nor the ADA gives you the right to refuse masking requirements.]
During this historic pandemic, we prefer that you do not attempt to participate in person in the courthouse. Our goal is for you to participate online, only.
If for some reason you need to participate from the courthouse, you will be screened for flu-like symptoms before being allowed to enter the building. No one who meets any of the following criteria will be granted entrance to the courthouse:
If you meet one of these criteria, contact the jury hotline number printed on your jury summons, immediately.
[Note: you must answer these questions when you attempt to enter the courthouse. Contrary to widespread misinformation, neither HIPAA nor the ADA prohibit compelling disclosure of this information to the court.]