Trial by jury is one of the most important basic constitutional rights in our country. Participating in a trial by jury is a duty which only free people have the privilege to perform. Jurors are an essential part of the justice system and without your participation, our system of justice could not operate. Thank you for your time and your service. Listed below is some general information about jury service.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Victoria County District Clerk at 361-575-0581 or to access District Clerk web information.
If you are called for jury duty, you should appear at the courthouse located at 115 N. Bridge Street on the date and time listed on your juror summons. Juror qualification takes place in the courtroom located in the 1892 courthouse on the second floor.
Parking is available in the lot at the Bridge Street Annex, 205 N. Bridge St. If that lot is full, there is additional parking available at Moody and Forrest behind the law offices of Cole, Cole and Easley. There is no charge for parking.
You are required to pass through a metal detector and security checkpoint to enter the Victoria County Courthouse complex. It is unlawful to carry a firearm, edged weapon, explosive devise, club, chemical weapon or any hazardous material into the complex. All persons and any items carried into the complex are subject to search.
Jurors are compensated for the time they spend on jury duty. That compensation is set by the Victoria County Commissioners’ Court. The current rate is $6.00 for the first day of service and $40.00 for each day thereafter.
Your employer is not required to pay you during the time you are absent from work due to jury service. However, you cannot be terminated from your employment for absences due to jury service.
County Court at Law No. 1 is located on the third floor of the 1967 courthouse.
County Court at Law No. 2 is located on the second floor of the 1967 courthouse.
If you are unsure which courtroom you need to report to, stop at the Victoria County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the 1967 courthouse and they will be happy to help you.
The temperature in the courthouse varies, please bring a sweater or jacket. You may wish to bring a book or magazine to read during breaks. You may bring your cell phone and use it during recesses, but please be sure it is set on silent or vibrate. You are prohibited from using your cell phone while court is in session and during jury deliberations. There are snack and soft drink machines in the basement of the 1967 courthouse. The Courthouse complex is a non-smoking area, you must go outside of the courthouse to smoke.