Socorro Municipal Court holds jury trials as requested. Jurors are summoned by the Court Clerk. The juror pool is drawn from voter registration rolls and Department of Public Safety rolls.
In order to serve as a juror you must reside within the Socorro City limits. A questionnaire and Juror card will be sent to you prior to the summons date. Please fill it out and return it within 10 days to the Courthouse. Failure to do so will result in a fine.
Exemptions to Juror Service: The following people are welcome to serve as jurors, but may claim an exemption to juror service:
Persons over (70) years of age;
Persons who have legal custody of a child under the age of 15 years if jury service would require leaving the child without supervision;
All students of public or private secondary schools; persons enrolled and attending an institution of higher education;
Primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself;
Officer or employee of the Senate, House of Representatives, or other agency in the legislative branch; or
A Person has served as a juror in SOCORRO* in the past 2 years.
Serving in an El Paso County Court or El Paso City Court jury DOES NOT exempt you from serving in Socorro
If you qualify for an exemption/excuse, call us at (915) 872-8574, or complete the Certification of Exemption or Disqualification form on your summons and mail it to SMC, or you may fax it to (915) 872-0450.
*** You must file your exemption/excuse with the Court Clerk before your service date. ***
*** Please call and verify if your exemption/excuse was granted or denied by the Judge. ***
CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE: If you have been summoned, please confirm your attendance the day before service by calling (915) 872-8574.
Failure to report to court is a serious offense, and you may be fined. You will need to to attend court on time.
LENGTH OF SERVICE: At least (1) one day.
JURY STIPEND: If selected to serve, service pays $20.00 per day.
DRESS: Business casual or business attire.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE: The Court Clerk will give you a Certificate of Service.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: It is the policy of the Socorro Municipal Court to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access consistent with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require any special accommodations, we ask you call us at (915) 872.8574.
MEDIA COURTROOM POLICY: Most Jury Trials involving Minors (under 21) will be closed to the Media. Most Jury Trials involving Juveniles (under 17) will be closed to the Media. Unless otherwise determined by the Judge, all other Jury Trials will be open to the Media upon written request.