Please read carefully all information on this page. Answer all questions on the next page. Bring the entire Official Jury Summons, which you received in the mail, with you to court. You are to appear promptly as instructed by the summons. If you have a special need or disability you are encouraged to notify the court immediately concerning requests for reasonable accommodation.
Directions Regarding Jury Duty
You must serve on a jury unless you:
- Are not qualified to serve
- Claim an exemption from service
- Are excused from serving by a court
Then please bring your Official Jury Summons with you to the address printed in the shaded area on the front of your Official Jury Summons. If you are not disqualified and you are not claiming any exemption, then you must report for jury duty. You may ask a judge to consider excusing you from jury service for a reason other than disqualification or exemption at that time. Please bring your Official Jury Summons with you when you report for jury service.
Note: If you claim to be disqualified based on a lack of citizenship or lack of residence in the county, you may no longer be eligible to vote in this county.
Juror's Rights & Responsibilities
Right to Reemployment
A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror. An employee whose 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. (Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 1221)
Exempt or Disqualified
You do not need to appear in person if you are exempt or not qualified for jury service. To claim an exemption or report your disqualification you must complete, sign and mail, fill out the following submittable form, or personally bring the questionnaire immediately to the address printed on the front of the Official Jury Summons.
Proper Clothing Required
All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed in clothing reasonably benefiting the dignity and solemnity of the court proceedings.
Failure to Answer Summons and Penalties
A person who fails to comply with this summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person:
- Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse
- Files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code, Section 62.111)