September 20, 2020

Jury Service


If you are sick with respiratory symptoms, a fever or a cough, DO NOT report for jury service. 

Summoned jurors with any concerns related to COVID-19 will be allowed to defer their service up to 180 days.  Please contact the Jury Commissioner’s office using the following methods:  visit, email or call 209-530-3100 (press option 3).

In preparation for restarting jury trials, the Court is implementing the following public safety measures:

  1. All persons will be required to wear face coverings. 
  2. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the entire jury trial process.
  3. Jurors will be instructed to report at different times each day to reduce total number reporting at one time. 
  4. Fewer trials will be in session at any one time to reduce the number of people in the courthouse.
  5. Members of the public may be precluded from attending jury trials in person to ensure social distancing.

Suggestions for jurors appearing:

  1. Be sure to bring and wear a face covering, face mask or face shield.

  2. You may consider bringing a small container of hand sanitizer with you to the courthouse.

  3. Bring your own bottled water, food or snacks. 

  4. Bring a book, cell phone, laptop, etc. to use while waiting, as there will be no reading or other materials available.

Thank you very much for your willingness to serve as a juror, and to help the Court continue to provide this vital function during these extraordinary times.  


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The right to trial by a jury of one's peers is among the fundamental democratic ideals of our nation. It is the duty and responsibility of all qualified citizens to participate as jurors.  Jury service is an opportunity to contribute to our system of government.

In order for our court system to work properly, judges and jurors must consider the cases before them in a way that is thoughtful, involves sound judgment, is fair and impartial and shows integrity.

In each trial, the judge determines the rules of law that govern the case.  Jurors receive instructions from the judge as to the laws that apply to the case.  Then jurors decide which facts presented in the case are most credible and apply the law as instructed by the judge in order to reach a verdict.

Juries are typically called to hear two types of cases: criminal and civil cases.  Criminal cases are pursued by the district attorney's office on behalf of the People of the State of California.  In most cases, the district attorney files a complaint which explains the criminal charges against an individual.  A civil case involves a dispute between individuals or entities which may involve personal injury, property dispute, product liability, contract, harassment, employment and labor disputes. 


Last updated: July 02, 2020 2:44 PM