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Jury Services

Where are you located? Directions?

10820 Justice Center Drive, Roseville CA 95678
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Office Hours:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How often do I have to serve on jury duty?

Placer County summons you for jury duty only once during the calendar year.  If you become a sworn juror, you should not be summoned for another year from the time you became a sworn juror.  If you get called more than once within a calendar year, it is because your name is duplicated in our system due to a name misspelled, a name change, an address change, or an incorrect data entry.  If this should happen to you, let us know and we will check it against our records and remove the duplicate summons. 

How long will I have to serve on jury duty?

The majority of criminal or civil jury trials in Placer County, on the average, are three to four days in length.   When you receive a jury summons, you are on standby for the entire week and can be asked to report anytime during the week.

What will happen to me if I don't appear for jury duty?

When you do not appear for jury duty, you will be sent a postcard stating you failed to appear.  You need to follow the instructions on the postcard.   You will automatically be assigned a new date for jury duty if you do not respond.  "Any prospective trial juror who has been summoned for service, and who fails to attend as directed or to respond to the court or jury commissioner and to be excused from attendance, may be attached and compelled to attend.   Following an order to show cause hearing, the court may find the prospective juror in contempt of court, punishable by fine, incarceration, or both, as otherwise provided by law."  Civil Code of Procedures 209.   Fines start at $250.00 with a maximum of $1500.00.

If I am selected as a sworn juror, how often will I get a break?

Court hours can vary in starting time from 8:00 a.m. and the judges typically give 15 minutes breaks throughout the day.  Lunchtime breaks may be an hour to an hour and a half.  Court will usually end at 4:00 p.m.

How much do I get paid and when?

Per diem or daily pay is $15.00 per day after the second day of attendance.   Thirty four ($.34) cents per actual mileage traveled one way to court (CCP 215(a)) is the reimbursement for mileage.  Placer County jurors should receive a check for their service every other week.

What are the age requirements for jury duty?

Jurors must be 18 years old or over.  There is no maximum age for jurors.   Placer County does not discriminate against age.   

How did you get my name?

Placer County gets names of potential jurors from the Department of Motor Vehicles and Voter Registration/Elections Department.

Can I be assigned to a court location closer to my residence?

No.  Jurors are summoned by groups.  When a trial court needs jurors, we assign a group(s) to the court(s).   Groups are assigned by the need of the court which depends on the length and nature of the trial.   All jurors within a specific group need to stay in the assigned group.  

Can I volunteer for jury service?

California Code of Civil Procedure states "All persons selected for jury service shall be selected at random, from a source or sources inclusive of a representative cross selection of the population of the area served by the court".

I lost my jury summons.  Do I need it?

No.  We can find your name in our system without it.  However, the jury process is more efficient and faster if you have it in your possession.

Is there a judge I can speak to right now so I can be excused?

No.   The judges are very busy with the case and attorneys.  They do not have  time to speak to each individual.   Jurors can explain their hardships and situations when they get into the courtroom.  

Do I have to serve if I am still in school or going to college?

You can be postponed to your next school break whether it is a spring break, summer or Christmas break.   Students are not excused from jury service.   This also applies to teachers or school professionals.

I am a sole proprietor and own my own business.  Can I be excused?

The jury clerks do not have the authority to excuse you.  You will need to appear at the time you are required to report and ask the judge to be excused.

How come I am always called for jury duty and my spouse (neighbor or a friend) NEVER gets summoned?

Believe it or not, the jury selection process is random.   Every year in October, the Placer County jury office obtains a current list from Department of Motor Vehicles and Voter Registration/Election departments and merges the two source lists to form a master list.  Duplicated names are removed if they are exact in spelling of name and address.  A potential juror is any person whose name appears on either source list.   That means that if your spouse, neighbor or friend is on the master list, they can randomly be selected for jury duty.

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