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].
We have taken every precaution to protect the health and safety of everyone in the jury system. Our COVID19 Operating Plan details the new procedures that you must follow when you arrive at the courthouse for your service. Health screening, vulnerability assessment, masking, social distancing, and hygiene are recommended for all participants. Please read the Operating Plan so that you are not surprised or unprepared for the new processes when you arrive.
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 notified via email of changes to the date or time of the setting.
You will be screened for flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the courthouse. 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 district court clerk of your county immediately. Do not come to the courthouse.
In addition, anyone who is unvaccinated and is particularly vulnerable to or at greater risk from COVID-19 may request to be excused or rescheduled for a later jury panel.
Unless you are excused by the Court, you must appear at the courthouse at the scheduled date and time. Dress appropriately, and if you wish, bring your mask or face-covering. You are permitted to wear a mask at all times that you are not addressing the court.
Remember to bring your Jury Summons card as well!
Refusal to comply with any courthouse security directive or any violation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Operating Plan requirements may result in expulsion from the courthouse or a finding of contempt, which carries up to a $500 fine and a jail term of up to 180 days.