If you feel you are not qualified to serve as a juror pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure 203, answer Part Two of the summons marking the appropriate reason for the disqualification. After completion, return the request in person, by mail or fax to the Jury Office. The Jury Office must receive your request at least five working days prior to your scheduled service. The jury fax number is 559-585-3262. Contact the Jury Office at 559-582-1010 ext. 5041 to confirm the status of your request; otherwise you must appear on the day you have been summoned.
To qualify as a juror in the State of California, you must be a citizen of the United States, over the age of 18, and a resident of the county in which you are summoned. If you do not meet these qualifications refer to the Part Two Affidavit section of the Jury Summons and mark the appropriate box. Then return the Juror Affidavit in Person or mail the Part Two Affidavit to the Jury Commissioner’s Office. The Juror Affidavit is a court document and providing false information is a crime punishable by imprisonment, fine or both.
Every resident who is qualified to serve and who does not have a legal hardship or excuse must appear for jury service when summoned.
If you have your badge number, and you would like to check your jury status in this automated system
click here, then enter your badge number
You cannot request a postponement on the day of your service. You must request a postponement at least three business days before you are scheduled to serve, and you may only request one postponement.
To postpone, you must choose the week you wish to serve, at least 60 days but not more than six months out. You may select any date that is available during the time period you've chosen.
You can also place your request on our website, by fax, or by mail if it is still three business days prior to your service date when the court receives your request. Contact the Jury Office to confirm your request.
If you have your badge number, and you have not previously postponed your service, you may request a postponement in this automated system by
clicking here, then enter your badge number.
ADA: If you require accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you will need to speak to a jury staff member prior to your appearance date. Please call 559-582-1010 x5041 to speak to a Jury Staff member to make arrangements for the accommodation required.
Jury Service, unless excused by law, is a responsibility of citizenship. The Jury Commissioner’s Office staff shall employ all necessary and appropriate means to ensure that citizens fulfill this important civic duty. Reasons for excusal from jury duty are very limited. Pursuant to California Rule of Court, Rule 2.1008, Students, Teachers, Correctional Officers and Doctors are not automatically exempt from jury service, however, like all others, they are entitled to a postponement. You cannot be excused using this system. You must contact a representative of the Jury Commissioner’s Office by telephone or in person. You will be required to submit a written request, Part 2, of the Jury Summons supported by appropriate documentation. If your request for an excusal is denied, you may then renew your request to be excused before the trial judge at the time of your appearance.
The Jury Summons is a court issued legal notice ordering the recipient to appear on a court date for jury duty. Read the Summons carefully and follow the instructions given. Complete the “Juror Profile” and bring the entire Summons with you when you appear for jury duty. If you feel you are not qualified to serve as a juror, check the appropriate box on the back of the Summons Part 2, sign your name, date it, detach and mail or hand deliver to the Jury Office at least five days before your reporting date.
The Jury Summons is a Legal Court document and providing false information is perjury punishable by imprisonment, fine or both. Failure to appear as instructed is contempt of court and you may incur fines, imprisonment or both.
The section on your summons stating “You are being summoned to appear for jury duty on” tells you the date, time and location to appear for jury duty. To confirm if your actual appearance is necessary you are instructed to call this system after 4:30p.m. on the business day prior to your reporting date. (Example, If your jury date is on a Monday, the instructions are recorded starting on Friday after 4:30p.m. and through the weekend and court holidays. Jury Office Staff is not available during the weekends and court holidays.) Please listen carefully to the entire message as it will also confirm the time you are required to appear. The time on the summons can change to a later time. If required to appear, bring your entire summons with you to the Jury Assembly room with the Juror Profile completed.
Some employers require jurors to obtain a certificate of jury service from the Court to prove the dates of their service. You may stop by the Jury Services Division and request a work certificate during normal business hours or you may call the Jury Office.