Jury Duty General Information
Qualifications for Jury Service
California law says you are qualified to be a juror if you:
Are a U.S. citizen
Are at least 18 years old
Are living in the State of California
Are a resident of the county that sent you the jury summons
Have had your civil rights restored if you were convicted of a felony or malfeasance while holding public office
Can understand English enough to understand and discuss the case
Are not currently on a grand jury or on another trial jury
Are not under a conservatorship
If you do not meet all of the qualifications listed above, please complete the Disqualification Section on the back of your Summons for Jury Service. Mark the appropriate box and fill in any information you are asked for. Then mail it to the court using the enclosed return envelope.
Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure, section 204(a), no one is exempt because of his or her occupation, economic status, race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, disability, or for any other reason.
Length of Service
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.
Business casual dress is recommended.
All jurors entering the courthouse are required to go through a weapons screening process conducted by the Sheriff's Department. Please do not bring into the courthouse any objects that could be used as a weapon; including but not limited to pocket knives, wallet chains, pepper spray or tear gas, cutting instruments, handcuff keys, needles, firearms, scissors, torch lighters, metal eating utensils, or knitting needles. If you have items that are not allowed, you may be asked to leave the courthouse and return without them.
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 also have the option to waive the mileage and instead receive transit passes for each day they serve.