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Jury Information

How Jurors are Summoned

Term of Service

Pay Policy

What if a Juror Does Not Report as Instructed

Employer Responsibilities

Special Assistance Requests

Location/Office Hours/Phone and Fax Numbers

Comments/Questions

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The right to a trial by jury is the privilege of every person in the United States, whether citizen or not.  Both the United States and California Constitutions guarantee this cherished right.  You have been summoned to render an important service as a juror.  You have enjoyed the privileges of citizenship and the protection of your liberties and property through our system of self-government.  Now, for a short time, you will serve as a juror, an officer of the court, along with the lawyers and the judges.  As a juror, you are an important member of the judicial system of Kings County and California.

How Jurors are Summoned

The selection and management of jurors is governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure.  Jurors’ names are selected at random from lists of registered voters and persons who have valid California driver's licenses or identifications cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The two lists are combined to create one Master Jury List.  Approximately one thousand (1000) prospective jurors each week are randomly selected from the master list to receive a summons.  The summonses are mailed approximately ten days prior to the service date.  The summons contains information and instructions on how to have jury service postponed; how to request to be excused from jury service; or how to notify the court of disqualification from jury service.

If you have been summoned for jury duty, READ the summons carefully and follow its instructions, as it contains important information along with the name and address of the court, and date and time of your jury service.

Term of Service

The Kings County Superior Court operates on a One Trial/One Day system.

This means a juror is instructed to telephone the court for reporting instructions.  The juror may telephone the day before the reporting date after 12:00 noon.  If the reporting date is on a Monday, the juror may call the Friday before after 12:00 noon for reporting instructions. 

Once instructed to report to the courthouse, a juror may or may not be selected as a juror in a trial court.  The Jury Commissioner is required to have a sufficient number of jurors for all anticipated trials.  The jury staff tries to carefully estimate the number of jurors needed but there are many variables outside their control.  For example, a defendant may plea to a different charge or a case may settle at the last moment.

If a prospective juror is selected to serve on a trial as a sworn juror, the term of service will be the length of that trial.  Trials vary in length, but generally last two to three days.

If a prospective juror is not selected to serve on a trial by the end of the first day, and the judge has not ordered the juror to return for another day of jury selection, jury service is complete.  Approximately 80% of our prospective jurors complete their service in one day.

Pay Policy

State law does not currently require employers to continue paying the salary of employees while they are serving as jurors.  However, many employers, including state, federal, and local government agencies, have a policy which compensates employees for at least part, if not all the time spent for jury service.  Before coming to court, the juror should talk with his or her employer.

Prospective jurors are paid the amount mandated by the State Legislature, $15.00 per day and 34 cents per mile, one way commencing on the second day of service and every day thereafter.  There is no pay for the first day of service.  “Service is defined as physically reporting to the courthouse.  The amount paid for mileage is calculated by juror zip code.  Juror payroll is processed every Friday.  It is therefore possible that a juror will receive more than one check for jury service.

Payroll checks are not forwarded by the Post Office.  Therefore it is important that the jury office has the correct name and address of each of its serving jurors in order to make sure jurors receive their checks timely.

What If a Juror Does Not report as Instructed

Every resident of Kings County who is qualified to serve and who does not have a legal hardship or excuse must appear for jury service when summoned.  Willful failure to appear is contempt of court and punishable by a fine of up to $1000.00 and/or five days in the county jail.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers cannot discriminate against employees serving on jury duty.  Employers allow employees time off to serve on a jury.  The California Labor Code, section 230, prohibits any employer from firing or harassing an employee who is summoned to court for jury service as long as reasonable notice is given.  The California Education Code, sections 44037 and 87036 protect teachers and students as well.  Employers can also be prosecuted criminally and face a misdemeanor charge if found guilty. If you wish to view any of these codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. Then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Special Assistance Requests

If you will need special arrangements when you report (e.g., assistant listening device, sign language interpreter, etc.), please contact the court by phone upon receiving the summons.  If you are requesting a sign language interpreter, it is possible that your service date will be rescheduled to the next available date for an Interpreter.  You will be notified of any changes.

Location/Office Hours/Phone Numbers/Fax Number

The Jury Commissioner’s Department is located on the first floor of the two-story courthouse located at the West end of the Government Complex, 1426 South Drive, Building B, Hanford, CA.  The staff is available to assist you during our regular working hours.

Office Hours: 

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding court holidays.

 

Phone/Fax Numbers:

To inquire if you are ordered to appear for jury duty:

(559) 582-1010 extension 5043 or 5044 (check your summons for correct extension)

24-Hour Recorded Reporting Information

 

To speak to a Customer Service Staff Member:

(559) 582-1010 extension 5041 or 5042

Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Fax number:

(559) 585-3262

Comments/Questions

We encourage your input.  You may address your remarks to the Jury Commissioner, 1426 South Drive, Hanford, CA  93230

 

 
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