The municipal court judge recognizes that jury service may present an imposition on a citizen called for jury service. To minimize the burden caused by jury service, please report promptly to the Colleyville Justice Center at the date and time indicated on your JURY SUMMONS. The Colleyville Justice Center is located at 5201 Riverwalk Drive.
Free parking is available at the front of the Colleyville Justice Center. Additional parking is available at the back of the Justice Center and can be accessed from the Colleyville Center (due north of the Justice Center). Follow the drive around the Colleyville Center, and turn right toward the Justice Center.
Proper Attire for Potential Jurors
Proper business casual attire is required. Uniforms (other than religious), shorts, tank tops, halter tops, hats, beach or athletic wear or flip-flops are not accepted. Men are suggested to wear slacks and a shirt with a collar. Women are suggested to wear slacks, a skirt with a blouse, or a dress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Being summoned for jury service does not guarantee that a person will actually serve on a jury. Cases in municipal court will be heard by juries of six jurors. A larger group, called a panel, will be sent to the trial court (courtroom) where the jurors will be questioned under the supervision of the Judge. A juror may be excused from the panel if it is shown that the juror cannot act impartially concerning the case to be heard. In addition, each side is allowed to remove three jurors from the panel without having to show any reason. The trial jury will be the first six of the remaining jurors on the panel.
Voir Dire or Questioning of the Jury Panel
It is a way for the parties to select a fair and impartial jury. Under the justice system, you may be questioned by each of the parties before they decide to remove a certain number of jurors from the jury panel. The state is represented by the city attorney, and the defendant is represented by an attorney or represents him or herself. For example, a party may ask you questions to see if you are connected to the trial or if you have any prejudice or bias toward anyone in the trial. These questions are not intended to embarrass you, but rather to help the parties in the jury selection process. You may ask the Judge to allow you to answer some questions away from the other jurors.
Working Together: Judge and Jury
The judge determines the appropriate law that should be applied to the case and the jury finds the facts in the case based on what is presented to them during the proceedings.
At the close of all the evidence, the Judge may submit to the jury the Charge of the Court. This will include legal instructions on this particular case and the questions that the jury is to answer from the evidence admitted.