Jury Services FAQ

When am I going to be called?

Visit Reporting for Jury Duty to find out which group numbers are being called for the current week or call the Automated Jury System after 6:00 PM the evening prior to your jury service date for reporting instructions.

Who may be called to jury duty?

You are eligible for jury duty if you:

  1. Are at least 18 years old
  2. Are a citizen of the United States
  3. Are a resident of the county where you are summoned
  4. Have not served as a juror within the past twelve months
  5. Are physically and mentally capable of serving

How did my name get on the jury duty list?

Your name was selected at random from information compiled by the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Elections Department.

Must I respond to a summons for jury duty?

If you have been summoned for jury duty and fail to report to Jury Services as directed or to be excused from attendance, the following sanctions may apply to you:

  1. You may be attached and compelled to attend.
  2. Following an Order to Show Cause hearing, the Court may find you in contempt of court whereby you could be fined or jailed, or both.

How long do I stay on call?

The call in period for Jury Duty is one week. When you are asked to report you are required to serve a minimum of one day. When you are asked to report in for jury duty:

  1. If you are not involved in a trial by the end of your first day of service, you will turn in your juror badge and your service is complete.
  2. If you are involved in a trial by the end of the first day, your term of service will be completed when you are thanked and excused by the court.
  3. If you have been instructed to call in for five days and your group is not told to report to the Jury Services Department by the end of the fifth day, your term of service is complete.

How do I request a postponement from jury duty?

You may request a one-time postponement ( deferral ) of your jury duty to a more convenient time. Please submit all excuses or postponements by the Wednesday prior to your report date. If you have any questions, please contact the Jury Services Department at (661) 868-4700.

If your postponement request is granted, you will receive a new Summons in the mail prior to your requested date.

You may also call the Jury Services Automated Jury System and use your touch-tone telephone to postpone your jury duty without speaking to a Jury Services Representative.

How do I request an excuse from jury duty?

To view types of excuses accepted by the Jury Commissioner please click here: Types of Excuses / Disqualifications

What if my boss will not let me off to serve as a juror?

Your employer is required to let you off to serve as a juror under Labor Code Section 230 Your employer may not discharge you from your employment if you are called for jury duty if you provide your employer with reasonable notice. Your employer does not have to pay you for the time you are serving as a juror.

How long does a typical trial take?

An average Limited Jurisdiction trial lasts 3 days.
An average General Jurisdiction trial lasts 4 days.
A trial may last from one day to several weeks.

What are the court room hours?

Jury trials normally:

  1. are Monday through Friday
  2. begin at 9:00 AM
  3. recess for lunch between 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  4. end the day at 5:00 PM

What if I am late to Court?

You should arrive to court promptly while you are on jury duty because the trial cannot begin until all the jurors are present. If you are late, the judge may fine you. If you are not given the courtrooms number, please contact the Jury Services Office at (661)868-4700 or via email E-Mail as soon as you know that you are going to be late.

What is the courthouse security like?

You are not permitted to carry weapons into the court buildings, and you will be scanned for weapons when entering the courthouse. Weapons include:

  1. mace, pepper spray, or tear gas
  2. any blades two inches or longer (pocket knives, knitting needles, nail files, nail scissors, etc.)
  3. guns
  4. See: Reporting for Jury Duty for more information.

How do I dress for jury duty?

Business Casual is HIGHLY recommended.
The following will get you removed from court

  • Shorts
  • Backless or strapless garments, or garments with "spaghetti" or thin straps baring the shoulders, including halter tops
  • Bare midriffs including "crop tops" (skin should not show between the shirt/top hem and the waistband of the skirt/pant)
  • Tank Tops
  • Hats shall not be permitted unless worn for religious purposes
  • Glasses with darkened lenses unless prescription or worn for medical reasons
  • Thongs or flip flop footwear
  • Open-toed footwear without an ankle strap
  • Bare feet are not permitted
  • Chewing gum
  • Food or drinks
  • The use of tobacco products is prohibited throughout the courthouse

What is appropriate courtroom conduct?

You should be courteous and alert. You may read while you are waiting for court to begin or during recesses but you may not read while court is in session. You must turn off your pager and cell phone or set it to vibration mode rather than ring mode. No gum chewing, food or drink is allowed in the courtroom. Check with your Jury Commissioner if you have any doubts about proper courtroom conduct.

Where do I park for jury duty?

Juror parking is available just south of the court buildings and the railroad tracks.

Map of Jury Parking

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