Reporting for Jury Duty is a responsibility of all citizens in these United States. The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people the right to a trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve in the courts.
If you have been selected to serve on a jury, the following information may be of assistance.
** JURY DUTY PHONE SCAM **
There are currently phone calls being made by scammers to residents in Bell County and other counties that appear to be from county officials, reporting that persons have missed jury duty and threatening the person with arrest for failure to appear.
The scammer told the victim that a family member, whom he named, had failed to appear for jury duty and that they would be arrested if the victim did not immediately pay a fine for failure to appear for court and an additional fine for the charge of contempt of court.
The scammer instructed the victim to purchase a “money pack”, after which the scammer would call back to get the “control number” which would allow him to cash out the money pack.
The local courts, District Clerk’s Office or Jury Administrator will never call you, text or email you and ask for social security numbers, credit cards or other sensitive information. Nor will we demand payment over the phone of a fine for failure to appear, including the placing of any amount of money on a green dot card to pay any fine.
If you have any doubts about the caller, please contact the District Clerk’s Office, (254) 933-5949.