Is jury service mandatory?
Yes. It is a right of citizenship and required by law.
How did we get your name?
We obtain names from the Department of Motor Vehicles and
the Registrar of Voters. If the information you provide to these two sources is
not identical you may receive two summonses. If the information at the
Department of Motor Vehicles or the Registrar of Voters is not up to date you
may receive additional summonses.
I received a jury summons for someone who is deceased
or no longer lives at this address, what should I do with the summons?
If you are acquainted with the individual and
familiar with his/her circumstance, you may complete the Eligibility Form
located in the summons and return it to the jury office. No signature required.
If you are not acquainted with the person, state on the front of the unopened
summons "this person is no longer at this address" and place the
summons back in the mail. The Department of Motor Vehicles and Registrar of Voters
is our source of information. You should notify these two sources to avoid
receiving any further jury summons at your address.
Can I be excused for medical, mental or physical
Yes. A juror must provide a physician's verification note
on a prescription pad or letterhead signed by a doctor. The note must state
that the juror cannot serve on jury duty for medical reasons and should
indicate the length or duration of the illness or problem. If the condition is
permanent or long term, the physician must also include that information in
his/her statement. Obtaining a copy of your doctor's letter for your personal
file is advised.
Are Correctional Officer's exempt from jury
Only peace officers whose positions are defined under
Penal Code sections 830.1 and 830.2(a) are exempt from jury service.
Are stay at home parents excused from jury service?
No. Neither stay at home parents nor childcare providers
are exempt or excused from jury service. Children are not allowed in the
courtrooms. Alternative arrangements will need to be made. Refer to the section
titled "Postponement of Jury Service", if additional time is needed
to arrange for childcare.
Are individuals over 70 years of age exempt from
No. However, if you are over the age of 70 and have
medical issues which prevent you from serving, you should fill out your Jury
Questionnaire, listing your age and medical issues.
How often can I be summoned?
Effective January 3, 2000, prospective jurors may be
summoned once a year. Your term of service is One Day or One Trial. Jurors
report in person one day, and may be selected to serve on a case of any length.
Once your jury duty is completed, you will not be asked to serve for one year.
If you receive more than one summons during the year, you may be in our
database more than once. This often occurs if information received from the
Department of Motor Vehicles and the Registrar of Voters are not the same.
Hyphenated names, maiden and married names and names containing a space can
cause duplication within the database. If you receive a summons earlier than
expected, notify the jury office in writing so we may correct the error and
update our database.