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Phone: (415) 444-7120; Fax: (415) 444-7121
Email: jury@marincourt.org
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 244
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Telephone Customer Service Hours 1:00pm - 3:00pm


RESCHEDULING
How do I change my summons date?
I'm a teacher and won't be available until next summer. Can I reschedule to then?
What should I do if I'm sick on my scheduled date for jury duty?
The dates listed in your website/phone system aren't convenient for me. What should I do?
The system won’t allow me to reschedule again. What should I do?


DISQUALIFICATION OR EXCUSE
Am I qualified to serve as a juror?
May I be disqualified if I do not speak or understand English?
May I be excused from serving due to a medical incapacity?
May I be excused from serving if I'm caring for a sick or aged family member?
May I be excused from serving due to a financial hardship?
May I be excused from serving if I'm a student?
What should I do if the reason for which I'm requesting excusal isn't listed on my jury summons?
May I be excused to care for my children?
May I be excused if I'm active-duty military?
I'm a retired police officer and/or members of my family are in law enforcement. Do I still have to serve?
I have a Marin PO box but don't live in the county. What should I do?
I appeared for jury duty recently in another court. Do I need to serve at this time?


FAILURE TO APPEAR
What should I do if I forgot to appear for jury duty?
What will happen if I disregard my jury summons?
What should I do if I received a notice stating I have a Failure to Appear for jury duty?


OTHER
How do I get to the courthouse and where do I park?
Where do you get the names of potential jurors?
Why do I seem to get summoned more often than other people I know?
Does the Court make accommodations for persons with disabilities?
Does the Court provide wireless internet access?
Is there a dress code for jurors?
What if I have trouble getting to the Court?
Why do I sometimes have to wait at the courthouse all day as a prospecitve juror?


PERFORMING JURY DUTY; LENGTH OF SERVICE
How long does a trial take? How long will I be there?
How often may I be called to serve?
How long will I be required to serve?
How much will I be paid?
I served jury duty and I have questions about my juror pay.
Can I lose my job appearing for juty duty?
Will I have to go through court security screening to perform juty duty?
May I bring my child/grandchild to jury service?
If my appearance date is a Monday, can I find out if I'm needed by using the automated systems on Friday after 5:00 p.m. or do I need to wait until Sunday?


CURRENTLY SERVING JURORS
I'm a juror in a trial and am running late. What should I do?
I am an active juror in a case or I am scheduled to return and need to contact jury services outside the telephone customer service hours. What should I do?


PROOF OF ATTENDANCE; LOST SUMMONS
I attended jury duty recently and forgot to get proof of attendance for my employer. Can I get this now?
I lost my summons. What should I do?

If you would like a replacement summons or proof that you appeared for jury duty for your employer email Jury Services at jury@marincourt.org. Include your entire name and your California Drivers’ License number.



How do I change my summons date?
If you cannot appear on your scheduled appearance date, you may reschedule to another date within the following 90 days. You will be offered a selection of dates to choose from. The request must be made before your scheduled appearance date. Click here to change your date.
Please note: the system will allow you to reschedule a maximum of two times.


I'm a teacher and won't be available until next summer. Can I reschedule to then?
Not necessarily. Click here to reschedule your appearance date.


What should I do if I'm sick on my scheduled date for jury duty?
Click here to reschedule your appearance date.


The dates listed in your website/phone system aren't convenient for me. What should I do?
You may appear in Jury Services for “drop in” jury duty any weekday at 9:00 a.m. prior to your scheduled appearance date and be prepared to spend the entire day serving jury duty.


The system won’t allow me to reschedule again. What should I do?
If you have already rescheduled your jury duty twice, the system will not allow you to reschedule again. You may appear in Jury Services for “drop in” jury duty any weekday at 9:00 a.m. prior to your scheduled appearance date and be prepared to spend the entire day serving jury duty.


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, click here to be directed to the online system, or you may check the appropriate box on your jury summons, sign and date it, and return to Jury Services. NO CONFIRMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU OF YOUR DISQUALIFICATION.


May I be disqualified if I do not speak or understand English?
Yes. You may be disqualified if you do not speak or understand English. Click here to disqualify yourself from jury duty.


May I be excused from serving due to a medical incapacity?
Yes. You must obtain the form entitled “Medical Excuse From Jury Duty” and have it completed by a doctor. Click here to request a medical excuse and get the form. The system will reschedule your appearance date 90 days in the future to allow your doctor time to complete the form and return it to Jury Services prior to your scheduled appearance date. You will receive notice of the Court’s decision by mail.

To review the "Medical Excuse From Jury Duty" form, click here.


May I be excused from serving if I'm caring for a sick or aged family member?
Yes. In order to receive a care provider excuse, you may not be employed while caring for a family member. You must obtain the form entitled “Care Provider Excuse From Jury Duty” and have it completed by a doctor.
Click here to request a care provider excuse and get the form. The system will reschedule your appearance date 90 days in the future to allow a doctor time to complete the form and return it to Jury Services prior to your scheduled appearance date. You will receive notice of the Court’s decision by mail.

To review the "Care Provider Excuse From Jury Duty" form, click here.


May I be excused from serving due to a financial 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 if I'm a student?
Yes. To be excused for being a student, click here.
If you are a parent or other family member of someone away at school, you may request an excuse for them. Either click here to use the website, or complete their jury summons and mail it to the court. You may sign your own name on the signature line and make a notation of your relationship to the student.


What should I do if the reason for which I'm requesting excusal isn't listed on my jury summons?
Explain the reason you are requesting an excuse on your summons and mail it to Jury Services. You will receive a decision as to whether or not your excuse was approved.


May I be excused to care for my children?
If you are a stay-at-home parent of children under ten years of age and you are not working, you may be excused for one year. Please complete the excuse request portion of your summons, including the ages of your children. Sign and date it and return to Jury Services.


May I be excused if I'm active-duty military?
Yes. If you are active-duty military, you will be excused. State this on your jury summons, sign and date it, and return to Jury Services.


I'm a retired police officer and/or members of my family are in law enforcement. Do I still have to serve?
Yes, you must serve.


I have a Marin PO box but don't live in the county. What should I do?
Click here to disqualify yourself for not being a resident of Marin County.


I appeared for jury duty recently in another court. Do I need to serve at this time?
If you served in another court within the last two years, you may be excused from serving again for one year. You must complete and return your jury summons, noting the date and court in which you served.


What should I do if I forgot to appear for jury duty?
If you forgot to appear, click here to enter your juror ID and PIN located on your summons. The system will either advise you that you must reschedule, or that you were not needed for jury duty.


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.


What should I do if I received a notice stating I have a Failure to Appear for jury duty?
If you received a notice stating that you failed to appear for jury duty, you must reschedule your appearance. To reschedule now, click here. Otherwise, you may appear in Jury Services for “drop in” jury duty at 9:00 a.m. the Monday following receipt of this notice and be prepared to spend the entire day serving jury duty.


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.


Where do you get the names of potential jurors?
The Court receives data from the Department of Motor Vehicles and Registrar 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 with Voter Registration, click here.


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.


Does the Court make accommodations for persons with disabilities?
Yes. If you have a disability, you may click here to obtain “Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities” to enable the Court to accommodate you. Or, you can obtain the form entitled “Medical Excuse From Jury Duty” and have it completed by a doctor. Click here to request a medical excuse and get the form. The system will reschedule your appearance date 90 days in the future to allow your doctor time to complete the form and return it to Jury Services prior to your scheduled appearance date.
You will receive notice of the Court’s decision by mail.
To review the form, click here.


Does the Court provide wireless internet 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.


Is there a dress code for jurors?
Yes. Shorts and tank tops are not permitted in the courtroom. If you appear wearing these items you will be advised to come back another time.


What if I have trouble getting to the Court?
If you take public transportation which would result in a travel time of over 1.5 hours each way, or you reside in an area not supported by public transit, you may be excused by completing your summons and returning it to Jury Services.


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.


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.


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 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.


How much will I be 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.


I served jury duty and I have questions about my juror pay.
Please recall that jurors do not receive pay for their first day of jury duty. If you served more than one day and we have not yet paid you for your jury duty, please allow 20 business days for your payment to be processed. If after that time you have not received payment, you may email Jury Services or call us during telephone customer service hours of 1-3 p.m.


Can I lose my job 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.


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


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.


If my appearance date is a Monday, can I find out if I'm needed by using the automated systems on Friday after 5:00 p.m. or do I need to wait until Sunday?
If you are scheduled for a Monday, you may use the automated systems any time after Friday at 5 p.m.


I'm a juror in a trial and am running late. What should I do?
Call this number immediately: 415-444-7260.


I am an active juror in a case or I am scheduled to return and need to contact jury services outside the telephone customer service hours. What should I do?
Call 415-444-7122 and when prompted, leave your name, Juror ID and phone number. If you don’t have your Juror ID, leave your California Drivers’ License number. Jury staff will return your call as soon as possible.


I attended jury duty recently and forgot to get proof of attendance for my employer. Can I get this now?
You may request proof of attendance by emailing Jury Services. Please include your entire name and California Drivers’ License number.


I lost my summons. What should I do?
You may request a replacement summons by emailing Jury Services. Please include your entire name and California Drivers’ License number.



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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