GENERAL INFORMATION – JURY SUMMONS

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

TIME

Reporting jurors may be selected to serve on a case of any length. If selected, you will be here for the duration of the trial. If you are not selected, you have completed service and you will be excused.

EMPLOYER

Notify your employer the day you receive this summons.

JURY SERVICE

We recognize that jury service may conict with your personal schedule. We hope that you understand that jury service is essential to the preservation of the right to a trial by a jury of peers.

EXEMPTION FROM JURY SERVICE

California law reads in part: “No eligible person may be exempt from service as a trial juror by reason of occupation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, or for any other reason.”

AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT

If you need accommodations due to disability, please advise the Jury Coordinator at (831) 636-4057 ext.245 prior to the date of your jury service.

SCHOOL

California law does not allow excuse from jury duty while attending classes. However, you may request a one time postponement.

I NEED A DIFFERENT DATE

You may request a one-time postponement. To postpone jury service visit our website, https://jury.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov, call 831-637-7975

DRESS CODE

No tank tops, shorts, strapless dresses or bare feet are permitted. Business attire is suggested.

FAILURE TO APPEAR

Failure to appear as summoned could result in a $1,000.00 fine, a jail sentence or other legal consequences.

PARKING

Parking available at the courthouse and surrounding areas. Parking is also available in the downtown parking Garage 1/2 block from the courthouse.  Please beware of short term parking areas.  We do not validate parking and you will be ticketed.

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