Jury Services – Frequently Asked Questions Print this Page
Phone: (415) 444-7120; Fax: (415) 444-7121
Email: jury@marincourt.org
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 244
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm




Am I qualified to serve as a juror?
How do I change my summons date?
How long will I be required to serve?
What should I wear to court?
May I be excused from serving due to financial hardship?
May I be excused from serving due to a medical condition?
May I be excused from serving if I am caring for a sick or aged family member?
May I be excused if I am breastfeeding?
May I be excused from serving due to my age?
May I be excused from serving if I am a student?
May I be disqualified if I do not speak or understand English?
What should I do if the reason for which I'm requesting excusal isn't listed on my jury summons?
What will happen if I disregard my jury summons?
How often may I be called to serve?
How long does a trial take? How long will I be there?
Can I lose my job appearing for jury duty?
How much do I get paid?
Why do I sometimes have to wait at the courthouse all day as a prospective juror?
Why do I seem to get summoned more often than other people I know?
How do I get to the courthouse and where do I park?
Will I have to go through court security screening to perform jury service?
Does the Court make accommodations for persons with disabilities?
Does the Court provide wireless access?
May I bring my child/grandchild to jury service?
Where do you get the names of potential jurors?




Am I qualified to serve as a juror?

You may be required to serve as a juror if you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Can read and understand English;
  • Are a citizen of the United States;
  • Are a resident of Marin County;
  • Are 18 years old or older;
  • Are not serving as a Grand Juror or trial juror in another jurisdiction;
  • Have had your civil rights restored, after conviction of a felony;
  • Are not under a conservatorship;


If you are qualified: You must contact Jury Services after 5:00 p.m. the day before your service to confirm that you are needed for the date on your summons.

If you do not meet the above qualifications: complete the "Request For Disqualification or Excuse" section of your jury summons. Mail your summons immediately to the address on the other side of the summons, or use this website to request excusal or disqualification. You must appear unless you receive notice from Jury Services advising you that your request to be excused has been granted.



How do I change my summons date?

If you cannot appear on your summons date, you may reschedule the date within 90 days of your original summons date. You may choose any weekday (except holidays) to appear for jury service. The request must be made no later than three (3) court business days prior to your scheduled date. Please have in mind a specific date you wish to appear before telephoning or changing your service date online. The telephone number is (415) 444-7120. Click here for the online system for Jurors.



How long will I be required to serve?

The Court observes the one-day, one-trial system for jury service. This means that if you are not called in on your selected date or continued to a new date, you have fulfilled your service requirements for one year. If you are required to appear at the courthouse in response to a jury summons and are not selected to serve on a sworn jury panel, you have fulfilled your service requirement for two years. Please note that if you are required to appear on your summoned date, you must plan to be at the courthouse for the entire day.



What should I wear to court?

When reporting for jury service, appropriate courtroom attire is required. Shorts, tank tops and bare midriffs are examples of inappropriate attire. If you wear any of the above items or other inappropriate attire, you will be excused for the day and scheduled to report for jury service the next day.



May I be excused from serving due to a financial or job hardship?

Staff in Jury Services does not have the authority to excuse a juror for financial or business hardship reasons. Any request to be excused due to loss of income or business closure must be directed to the judicial officer presiding over the trial. The hardship determination will only be made after you have appeared as summoned.



May I be excused from serving due to a medical condition?

Your service may be postponed for up to six (6) months by calling Jury Services and asking to reschedule your appearance. Any request for a longer excusal must be accompanied by a form entitled Medical Exemption Request for an Excuse from Jury Duty and completed in full by a physician. Upon completion of the form, you or your physician must return it by mail or fax as indicated below, at least five (5) court business days prior to your scheduled reporting date.

ADDRESS:
Office of Jury Services
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
(415) 444-7120
FAX: (415) 444-7121

After downloading the form, please reschedule your service date 90 days in the future to allow your physician time to complete the form and return it to Jury Services.



May I be excused from serving if I am caring for a sick or aged family member?

In order to receive a care provider exemption, you must not currently be employed in addition to caring for another person. Your service may be postponed for up to six (6) months by contacting Jury Services to request that your service be rescheduled. A request for a one-year excusal must be accompanied by a form entitled Care Provider Excuse from Jury Duty and completed in full by a physician. Upon completion of the form, you or your physician must return it by mail or fax, as indicated above, at least five (5) court business days prior to your scheduled reporting date.

ADDRESS:
Office of Jury Services
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
(415) 444-7120
FAX: (415) 444-7121

After downloading the form, please reschedule your service date 90 days in the future to allow your physician time to complete the form and fax or mail it back to Jury Services.



May I be excused if I am breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding mothers may be postponed for one year by using the automated telephone system, the website, or by checking box 2d on page 1 of the summons and returning it to our office. If you are a breastfeeding mother who has already been postponed once and are asking for another postponement, we must have your request in writing. Please return either page 1 of your summons or a letter referencing your juror ID and name.



May I be excused from serving due to my age?

Jurors are not automatically eligible for an age exemption from jury service. However, jurors over 70 years of age who are incapable of serving due to a medical condition may be excused by advising the Court of this in the section entitled "Other" on the "Request for Disqualification or Excuse" portion of their summons.



May I be excused from serving if I am a student?

Students may request to be postponed to the next school break, but status as a student is not a valid reason to be excused. If you are a full-time student and you will not be in this county during your next break, you may be excused from service for one year by completing Section 2 on Page 1 of your Summons under "Other", and mailing it to the court.



May I be disqualified if I do not speak or understand English?

You may be disqualified one time only for inability to speak or understand English. All subsequent excusals for English language difficulty must be given by a judicial officer after you have appeared for jury service.



What should I do if the reason for which I'm requesting excusal isn't listed on my jury summons?

Complete Section 2 on page 1 of your summons under “Other” and mail it to the court. You will receive a notice by return mail as to whether or not you have been released.



What will happen if I disregard my jury summons?

If you fail to appear for jury service as required, you will be sent a notice advising you to call and reschedule. If you disregard this notice, you may be placed in "Delinquent" status and receive an order to appear before a judicial officer to explain why you did not perform jury duty. You may also be subject to a fine or incarceration, as provided by California Code of Civil Procedures section 209.



How often may I be called to serve?

You may be summoned every year, unless you actually reported to the courthouse in response to a jury summons; in this case you will not be called for two years. Occasionally, you may receive a second summons prior to that time. Since the Court creates its master jury lists from lists provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles and Marin County Registrar or Voters, if your name is not identical in those two systems, the Court may have your name in its system more than once. If you receive a summons earlier than expected, notify Jury Services so we may correct the error and update our records.



How long does a trial take? How long will I be there?

Trials may last one day to several weeks, but most trials end in less than a week. When you go to the courtroom, the judicial officer will advise you how long the trial is likely to take. You will have a chance to advise the judicial officer at that time if the trial length will be a hardship for you.
A typical Court day is from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Can I lose my job by appearing for jury duty?

Labor Code section 230 states that no employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for taking time off as required by law for jury service if such employee, prior to taking such time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer that he or she is required to serve. The Court advises qualified jurors to notify their employers upon receipt of a summons.



How much do I get paid?

In accordance with California Code of Civil Procedures section 215, jurors are paid $15.00 a day, commencing on the second day of service, plus mileage compensation of $.34 cents per mile, one way. The Court calculates jurors' mileage based on residence zip code.



Why do I sometimes have to wait at the courthouse all day as a prospective juror?

Often, last minute conferences between the parties take place right before the trial begins. Sometimes these conferences result in last minute settlement of the cases. The judicial officers and court staff work hard to eliminate any unnecessary delays, but sometimes they do occur. You are encouraged to bring a book or other reading material to occupy your time while waiting. The Jury Services area is also equipped with wireless internet capability, so you may bring a laptop to help you pass the time.



Why do I seem to get summoned more often than other people I know?

All potential jurors are selected randomly from a master list. This list is created by a combination of names from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Marin County Registrar of Voters' systems. Once the Court receives these sources lists, they are loaded into the jury system. Then, the entire juror selection process is performed through an automated, randomization system. Individual jurors' names are not hand-selected by the Court. Because of the random nature of the selection process, you may be summoned every year, not for many years, or never.



How do I get to the courthouse and where do I park?

Free parking is available in the parking lot east of the Civic Center and south of the lagoon on Armory Drive. Do not park in a reserved or two-hour parking area or your vehicle will be ticketed. Please click here for parking information and to get driving directions. The Marin Civic Center is served by Golden Gate Transit buses. For information on bus schedules, please visit their website at http://goldengatetransit.org.



Will I have to go through court security screening to perform jury service?

Yes, you will be required to go through screening if you are sent to a courtroom. Please carefully review the list of personal items that are not permitted in the courtrooms. If you try to bring any of these items with you to the courtroom, they will be confiscated by security screening personnel and will not be returned to you. Please click here for more information about court security.



Does the court make accommodations for persons with disabilities?

To ensure that individuals with disabilities can fully participate in jury service, the Court makes accommodations for persons with disabilities. For more information and to obtain a form to request an accommodation, please click here.



Does the Court provide wireless access?

The Court provides a free Internet access point or "hot spot" for the benefit of their Jurors during normal business hours who have portable computers capable of receiving wireless signals. This access point will allow jurors to access the Internet from their laptop computers and other wireless devices when sitting within range of the access point at the Court Facilities. However, the Court does not provide technical support for this Wi-Fi system.

Please review the Wi-Fi Terms and Conditions prior to performing jury service.



May I bring my child/grandchild to jury service?

No. Children are not allowed in the courtroom. The Court does not have child care facilities. Please do not bring your children to jury duty.



Where do you get the names of potential jurors?

The Court receives data from the Department of Motor Vehicles and Registar of Voters.
  • To change your name with the Department of Motor Vehicles, click here.

  • To change your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles, click here.

  • To change your name and/or address wtih Voter Registration, click here.


Overview of Jury Services:

A 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.

In order for the justice process to be fair, equal and accessible to all, judicial officers and jurors must consider the cases before them in a way that is thoughtful, involves sound judgment, is impartial and fair, and demonstrates integrity.

In each trial, the judicial officer determines the rules of law that govern the case. For example, the judicial officer decides what evidence may be presented and admitted during the trial. After listening carefully and considering all of the testimony and evidence presented, jurors receive instructions from the judicial officer as to the laws that apply to the case. At this time, the responsibility switches to the jurors and they decide which facts in the case are most credible and then apply the law as instructed by the judicial officer in order to reach a verdict.

"A very pleasant experience. Glad to see our justice system at work."
Former Juror Jennifer W.


 
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