The Jury Commissioner, Pamela J. Wood, and her office create the master juror list for each judicial district, issue summonses, and help jurors respond to summonses. The OJC also works to educate jurors and the public about the importance and value of jury service.
Jury service is one of the most important civic duties. We recognize the sacrifices made by jurors and appreciate the significant role our jurors serve in the American Justice System. Our judiciary and administrative staff are committed to make jury service as convenient and comfortable as possible.
On the day you report for jury duty, you will either be involved in jury selection or dismissed from jury duty. If selected as a trial juror, you will be expected to serve for the duration of the trial, which will generally last longer than one day.
There can be a wide variance, but the average jury trial is approximately 5 days, depending upon the type and complexity of the case before the jury. Once the trial has concluded, this will fulfill your obligation for jury service for one year.
Every qualified Unitied States citizen has an obligation to serve as a juror when summoned. Trial by jury is a right guaranteed by the United States and California Constitutions. Civil Code of Procedure section 209 compels the attendance of any prospective juror if not excused.
If they have a prior felony but are not on parole, felony probation, serving community service for a felony, a registered sex offender and have not committed a malfeasance in office, they are now eligible to serve jury duty.
Jurors can be excused for financial hardship if their employer does not pay them for jury duty. To be excused, a juror must submit a letter from their employer on company letterhead stating they will not be paid for jury duty. Please make sure the juror name or badge number is included. The employer must sign and date the letter. If the employer does not have letterhead, please also submit a business card with the signee's name, copy of current business license, or business stamp the letter. To submit an excuse, click on the Juror Portal and fill out the questionnaire and upload necessary documentation by clicking the upload documents tab.
If the juror is a school district substitute employee, or works for a daycare center, an excuse will not be granted. They can reschedule for the nearest break. If the daycare center does not have a break, they will need to submit a letter letting us know they are a year-round daycare provider with no breaks and will not be paid for serving jury duty. Please make sure the juror name or badge number is included. To submit an excuse, click on the Juror Portal and fill out the questionnaire and upload necessary documentation by clicking the upload documents tab.
You may request a postponement of your jury duty to a more convenient time. Postponements may be up to six months from your original summons date. If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Services Department at (661) 610-6800.
Your employer is required to let you off to serve as a juror under Labor Code Section 230. Your employer may not discharge you from your employment if you are called for jury duty if you provide your employer with reasonable notice. Your employer does not have to pay you for the time you are serving as a juror.
You should arrive to court promptly while you are on jury duty because the trial cannot begin until all the jurors are present. If you are late, the judge may fine you. If you are not given the courtrooms number, please contact the Jury Services Office at (661) 610-6800 or via email WMJury@Kern.Courts.CA.Gov.
Trial by jury is a foundation of our system of justice and is one of the reasons the U.S. justice system is the finest in the world. While trial by jury is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights, serving on a jury is both a responsibility of being a citizen and an opportunity to serve your community. No special training, skills, or legal knowledge is necessary to be a juror. All that is required is that you be willing to keep an open mind, pay attention, and make a decision based on the law and evidence that is presented. On behalf of the Maryland Judiciary, thank you for your jury service.
Did Your Summons Come From the U.S. District CourtIf you have been summoned for jury duty by the U.S. District Court, this means you have been called to jury service in the federal court in Maryland. More...
The United States Constitution and the Arizona State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. All Maricopa County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror, unless excused. Being on a jury is a rewarding experience, and your participation is appreciated. Thank you for serving your community.
The United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve on our courts. It is one of the most important civic duties a citizen can perform, and this site is intended to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.
The Jury Services website is intended to inform potential jurors what is expected of them as a potential juror, what is involved in jury duty, what they can expect should they be selected, and how to prepare for jury duty. Jurors are selected at random from a list of Bexar County voter registrations and driver registrations. As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.
Jurors are selected at random from a list of Bexar County voter registrations and driver registrations. As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system.Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party to a civil case has a right to a jury trial. All parties are equal before the law and each is entitled to the same fair treatment.
We highly recommend using the Bexar County Parking Garage (near the Paul Elizondo Tower). On your first day, bring your parking ticket from the Bexar County Parking Garage to validate your parking for a $3.00 charge. Validation only applies to the first day of jury duty, thereafter, standard rates apply. Every floor adheres to ADA standards and elevators are available for use in the garage.
A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return. (Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code, Chapter 122)
It is a Class B Misdemeanor for a private employer to terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. Additionally, a court may hold an employer in contempt of court if the employer terminates, threatens to terminate, penalizes, or threatens to penalize an employee because the employee performs jury duty.
A person who is injured because of a violation of Chapter 122 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code is entitled to reinstatement to his former position and to damages not less than an amount equal to one year's compensation nor more than an amount equal to five years' compensation at the rate at which the person was compensated when summoned for jury service.
Jurors will receive reimbursement. Checks are mailed to the address on the jury summons approximately two (2) weeks after the juror is released from jury service. Reimbursement depends on the court where a juror serves.
An amendment to the Code of Civil Procedure section 203, which defines who is ineligible for jury duty. will take effect January 1, 2020. The new law makes persons previously convicted of a felony now eligible and qualified, unless they are incarcerated in any prison or jail, or persons who have been convicted of a felony and are currently on parole, post release community supervision, felony probation, or mandated supervision for the conviction of a felony, and persons who are currently required to register as a sex offender based on a felony conviction (Penal Code 290).
Most jury trials last 3 - 7 days, but some may go longer. The Superior Court uses the \"One Day/One Trial\" program under California Rules of Court, rule 2.1002, which is intended to make jury service more convenient by shortening the time that a person is required to serve to one day or one trial. Under the \"One Day/One Trial\" program and the Summons for Jury Service you received, you are only required to appear for jury service for one day unless you are assigned to a trial. If you are assigned to a trial and sworn in as a juror, you will continue your service until the trial is completed. Click here for more information.
California pays jurors $15 every day starting on the second day of service, except employees of governmental entities who receive full pay and benefits from their employers while on jury service. All jurors receive at least 34 cents for each mile they travel to court. The mileage payment, only for one-way travel, also starts on the second day. Jurors serving at the Central Courthouse also have the option to receive transit passes for each day they serve.
FAILURE TO ANSWER SUMMONS AND PENALTIESA person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $1000.00 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 if 1 fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse; 2 files claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code, Section 62.111) 59ce067264