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Jury Duty 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR JURORS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20TH
If you received a summons with a reporting date of Monday, Oct. 20th,
please do not appear on that date.  All trials for Oct. 20th have been
moved to Monday, Oct. 27th.  Please call back on Friday, Oct. 24th for
possible service on Monday, Oct. 27th.  If you have any questions please contact
Mary Medland at 636-4057 ext. 146 or Rachelle Barragan at 636-4057 ext. 124

You may also check Jury status online at https://jury.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov 

Juror email: mary.medland@sanbenito.courts.ca.gov

 

Failure To Appear:

A jury summons is a legal summons. Failure to appear as summoned could result in a $1000 fine, a jail sentence or other legal consequences. If you have failed to appear for jury duty, you need to call this office and reschedule as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call 636-4057, ext. 826.


Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions of San Benito County jurors.

Is Jury Service Mandatory?
Yes.  Jury Service is a right and a responsibility of citizenship.

How did my name get selected?
We receive names annually from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the County Elections Department. The lists are combined and a computer program eliminates duplicate names.

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, which details why you cannot serve and the length or duration of the illness or problem.

I just had a baby and am nursing, do I need a doctor’s excuse?
No.  You no longer need a doctor’s note to be excused for nursing.  Explain on your summons that you are a nursing mother and you can be excused for one year.  However, if you are employed but nursing, you may still have to report for jury duty.   

I don’t have childcare, what can I do?
There are no provisions for people who do not have childcare.  The jury clerk can not excuse you, only the trial judge can.   Children are not allowed in the courtroom.  In order to be excused, you must appear before the judge.  If you need to be rescheduled in order to find childcare for a couple of hours, let the jury clerk know as soon as possible.

What is the term of service?
"One Trial or One Day".   We can have you call in up to 5 times to check your group number to see if you will be needed.  You must call the juror recording after
6 p.m. on the Friday preceding the summons date or any time that weekend for your initial instructions.


For more information about California's Jury Service please visit the following website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/juryservice.htm