194. Jury Service in California

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To serve on a California jury, you must a U.S. citizen. You must be selected to ; juror names are selected from state identification cards, ’s licenses, and voting rolls. If selected, you will in your mail an envelope marked Jury Summons. the 800 phone number to find out the day of your service. If that date is for you, you can change it to a date. You cannot serve more than once every months.
If you are mentally disabled or are full-time caregiver, you may be excused from service. you have no reasonable means of transportation to , you might be excused. If you are a -time student or teacher, you won’t be excused. If are a breast-feeding mom, you can postpone your . If you are dead, your family must provide of death.
To serve on a jury, you be able to read and understand basic English. age doesn’t matter, as long as you are least 18 years old. Once you’re 70, you say that you’re too sick to serve; you ’t need a doctor’s excuse. If you’re younger than , you need a doctor’s note confirming that you ill. Blind people, deaf people, and people in can be required to serve on a jury.
will not get paid very much for your --$15 a day. Also, the state will reimburse you cents for each mile that you drive in car (one way only). Some employers will pay salary while you serve; some won’t. If you a business, you might be away from it one to four weeks, occasionally even longer. You lose a lot of money if you do of the work for your business. But the won’t excuse you unless you can demonstrate extreme hardship. Parking for jurors is always free.