Jury FAQs

Jurors play an essential role in the American system of justice. You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. You do need to keep an open mind and be willing to make decisions free of personal feelings and biases. As a juror, you will listen to opening statements and closing arguments for both sides. You will also learn about and weigh the evidence that has been collected for the trial. Then you will be asked to make a decision about the case after you have talked it over with the other jurors during deliberations.

During the trial, the judge serves as the court's presiding officer and as the final authority on the law. The lawyers act as advocates for their sides of the case. As a juror, you are responsible for impartially evaluating the facts presented and for applying the law to these facts as the judge instructs you. These combined efforts bring about the fair and impartial administration of justice in our state and nation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What do I do when I am summoned as a juror?

    Please be careful to completely unfold and open the tri-fold jury summons. Read the group number, address, date, and time you are to report for jury duty, they are printed on the summons.

    Please note: The summons is a tri-fold form and has three parts. It needs to be fully opened to see all the information. Please read all the information completely.

  2. Do I have to report for jury service?

    Yes, it is an obligation of citizenship.

  3. How did you get my name for jury duty?

    Lassen County Superior Court receives an annual notification from the Lassen County Voter Registration list, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the California Franchise Tax Board.

  4. Can I reschedule my jury duty?

    Yes, but NOT on the day of appearance. All requests for postponement must be submitted no later than five (5) days from receipt of the summons. If you have health problems, a paid vacation, or other personal commitments at the time you are initially called, you may request a one-time postponement. Generally, the Jury Commissioner can grant you a postponement of up to 6 months. Please contact the Jury Commissioner's Office at (530) 251-8228 to request a postponement.

  5. How do I request a postponement?

    No later than five (5) days from receipt of the summons, mail the postcard from your summons (Part II) with the reason for the request for a postponement. Prior to mailing the postcard, you may also call the Jury Commissioner at (530) 251-8228 to request a postponement. If your postponement is not granted, you will be called and so notified.

    Please note: The summons is a tri-fold form and has three parts. It needs to be fully opened to see all the information. Please read all the information completely.

  6. How will I know if my postponement request was granted?

    If you request a postponement of your service and it is granted, you will not be called and you will be re-summoned for jury service at a later date. If your request is not granted, you will be called and so notified.

  7. Who may be called to serve as a Juror?

    You may be called to serve if you are at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of the county. You must be able to understand English, be physically and mentally capable of serving, and have no felony convictions. You will be excused from jury service if you have proof that you served as a sworn juror during the past 24 months.

  8. Do I get paid for jury duty?

    The first day of your jury service is unpaid. If you are summoned for more than one day, you are paid per diem and mileage for each day thereafter. The State Legislature sets the minimum per diem amount paid. Reimbursement for mileage is one-way from your home to the location where the trial is being held.

  9. How should I dress?

    We recommend business-casual attire. Flip flops, shorts, tank tops, and clothing that is too revealing are not appropriate for the courtroom. The temperature in our courtrooms varies, we suggest jurors dress in layers and recommend that you bring a light jacket or sweater for your comfort.

  10. How long does an average trial last?

    Normally trials last from one (1) to three (3) days. However, on occasion, a trial may be 5 days or longer.

  11. Can my employer prevent me from attending?

    No, your employer must allow employees time off to serve on a jury (Labor Code § 230). Your employeer cannot fire or harass an employee who is summoned for jury duty and who has given reasonable notice of their service. Notice is generally considered reasonable if it is given as soon as possible once the employee has been summoned. The California Education Code (§§ 44037 & 87036) protects teachers, other school employees, and students as well.

  12. Does my employer have to pay me when on Jury Duty?

    There is no law that compels your employer to pay.

  13. Is child care provided?

    There are no child care facilities at the court. Please do not bring children with you to the courthouse when appearing for jury duty. We recommend you make other arrangements for child care.

  14. How often must I serve?

    In Lassen County, a person who is summoned, appears and serves as a sworn juror for a trial is excused from further jury service for 24 months. If you report for duty, go through jury selection and are excused and not sworn to serve on the jury, you will not be summoned for the remainder of the year. If a trial is canceled prior to appearing for jury selection you will not be summoned for the remainder of the year.

  15. What happens if I'm late?

    Please contact the Jury Commissioner's Office at (530) 251-8228 as soon as you know that you are going to be late. The Jury Commissioner will make the determination whether you should show up or be summoned again at a later date.

  16. What if I miss my report date or fail to appear?

    Contact the Jury Commissioner's Office immediately at (530) 251-8228. If you fail to appear the Court may order and issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are found in contempt, you may be punished by jail time, a fine, or both.

  17. Who do I contact if I need special accommodations?

    Contact the Jury Commissioner's Office at (520) 251-8228 and let them know what type of assistance you will need. If they cannot reasonably accommodate you, you may be excused from jury service. Please contact the Jury Commissioner's Office as soon as you receive your summons if you require special accommodations.

  18. What are the typical hours of service?

    You should plan on being present from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. In some instances, you may be summoned to appear beginning in the afternoon. The lunch break for jurors varies and jurors are given brief recesses throughout the day.

  19. Can I be excused for medical, mental or physical disability reasons?

    A juror must provide a physician's verification note on a prescription pad or letterhead signed by a doctor. The note must state that the juror cannot serve on jury duty for medical reasons and should indicate the duration of the illness or problem.

    If the condition is permanent or long-term, a juror must submit form LSC-JUR-100 to the court. Along with this completed form you must include a supporting letter, memo, or note from a treating health care provider. The supporting letter, memo, or note must be on the treating health care provider's letterhead, state that the person has a permanent disability that makes the person incapable of performing jury service, and be signed by the provider. Omission of this may result in your request being delayed and/or considered incomplete. See form LSC-JUR-100 for additional information.

  20. Do I have to perform jury service if I'm over 70 years of age?

    There is no age exemption for jury service. If you are 70 years of age or older, the California Rules of Court allow you to be excused due to a medical condition without a doctor's note. You must inform the court that you are not able to serve either by calling the Jury Commissioner at (530) 251-8228 or by submitting form LSC-JUR-101. Your request must be submitted prior to the prospective juror's service date.

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