The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Service

The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Service

What is the new Administrative Order related to jury duty?

On March 13, 2020, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued an Administrative Order (AOSC20-13) suspending all jury trials in Florida’s Court System starting Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Anyone with a summons for jury duty dated between March 16, 2020, and March 27, 2020, are not required to go to court as jury trials during this time have been canceled. If you are unsure if your summons be sure to check the Jury Duty page on www.LeeClerk.org

I have a summons to report for jury duty between March 16, 2020, and March 27, 2020. What should I do?

The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Service

Jury summonses for March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020, were mailed to prospective jurors prior to the Administrative Order.

Anyone with a summons for jury duty between March 16, 2020, and March 27, 2020, are not required to go to court as jury trials during this time have been canceled.

I have questions about whether I am required to report to the courthouse?

Prospective jurors are urged for to visit the Jury Duty page on our website www.LeeClerk.org for additional updates and to determine whether to report for jury service after March 27.

Are Florida’s Clerks offices still open?

The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Service

Lee Clerk of Courts offices are currently open to serve the public. Many of our many of the services we provide in our offices are also available online.  We encourage you to visit www.LeeClerk.org to:

  • Pay a traffic ticket online or by phone;
  • Mail Payments for Civil, Family, Probate,Misdemeanor, Traffic & Juvenile cases to Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 2507, FM 33902. This includes county mediation and probation/pretrial fees. Be sure to include case number details;
  • Electronically record mortgages, deeds and other official records;
  • File court documents electronically;
  • Self-Help Center Legal Aid appointments have been suspended until further notice.
  • Jury Duty – has been canceled until March 27. Check our Jury Duty page for updates on jury service. As a reminder, seniors age 70 or older have options to be excused from jury duty. Check your jury summons for details.
  • Passport Services – We continue to provide passport services. Check our Passport page on www.LeeClerk.org for continued updates.

What is being done to protect citizens and staff?

The Impact of COVID-19 on Jury Service

The Clerk’s Office is committed to providing a safe environment for the public and our employees. We have coordinated efforts with the County and the Court to do as much as possible at this time. As an organization, and as supply inventories permit, the Clerk’s Office provides hand sanitizer on the jury counters, sanitizing wipes and masks. The public spaces are being cleaned and disinfected regularly by the building cleaning service with a CDC approved disinfecting leave-on spray. Information guidelines from the CDC are posted though-out the courthouse to “Cover your Cough” and “Cleaning to Prevent the Flu”. 

We are asking both the employees and the public to please not enter the building if they are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick unless they are required to do so. At this time, we have sent as many of our employees to work from home as possible and if their job duties permit. As mentioned above, we are asking the public to please use our online services or call to find out if there are alternatives to appearing in person. 

Please check our www.LeeClerk.org to up to minute changes that may affect your Clerk’s Office. We appreciate your patience and wish everyone to be safe during this uncertain time.

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