FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you are called for jury duty, you will have many questions – from where you should report to what will happen during a trial if you are chosen to serve. Most of these steps are set by state law and a few court rules. What you read here should cover most of your questions when called to serve in the Superior Court of California, although each county may be slightly different.

For more information about California's Jury Service please visit the following website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/juryservice.htm

Is Jury Service Mandatory?

Yes. Jury Service is a right and a responsibility of citizenship.

How did my name get selected?

We receive names annually from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the County Elections Department. The lists are combined and a computer program eliminates duplicate names.

Can I be excused for Medical, Mental or Physical Disability reasons?

A juror must provide a physician's verification note on a prescription pad or letterhead signed by a doctor, which details why you cannot serve and the length or duration of the illness or problem.

I just had a baby and am nursing, do I need a doctor’s excuse?

No. You no longer need a doctor’s note to be excused for nursing. Explain on your summons that you are a nursing mother and you can be excused for one year. However, if you are employed but nursing, you may still have to report for jury duty.

I don’t have childcare, what can I do?

There are no provisions for people who do not have childcare. The jury clerk can not excuse you, only the trial judge can. Children are not allowed in the courtroom. In order to be excused, you must appear before the judge. If you need to be rescheduled in order to find childcare for a couple of hours, let the jury clerk know as soon as possible.

What is the term of service?

" One Trial or One Day". We can have you call in up to 5 times to check your group number to see if you will be needed. You must call the juror recording after 6 p.m. on the Friday preceding the summons date or any time that weekend for your initial instructions.

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