Jury Administration and Management

While jury service is required under state law, the following improvements were designed to reduce the impact on jurors and employees:


  • Juror Pay - In 2000, jurors received the first pay increase since 1957 from $5 to $15 per day plus travel per diem.
  • One-day or one-trial - Rule 2.1002 of the California Rules of Court established new terms of service for jurors
  • Model juror summons - At least 16 courts have implemented the standardized, statewide summons for jury service.
  • Failure to Appear (FTA) Kit - A set of model practices and sample materials developed to assist courts in addressing the issue of jurors' failure to appear for jury service.
  • One-Time Deferral of Jury Service - Under rule 2.1004 of the California Rules of Court jury commissioners should accommodate a prospective juror's schedule by granting the juror's request for a one-time deferral of jury service.
  • Deferral of Jury Service-Breastfeeding Mother - Under rule 2.1004 of the California Rules of Court a mother who is breastfeeding a child may request that jury service be deferred for up to one year and may renew that request as long as she is breastfeeding.
  • Jury data survey - Jury managers in each court complete a comprehensive survey about critical components of jury administration.
  • Hardship excuses - Under rule 2.1008 of the California Rules of Court jury commissioners must apply uniform standards for hardship excuses
  • Juror Complaints - Section 10.51 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration, encourages implementation of a mechanism for responding to jurors' complaints.
  • National Change of Address system - Section 10.31 of the California Standards of Judical Administration encourages the use of the National Change of Address system to update jury lists.
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