When I speak with jurors, they sometimes ask whether I have ever been called for jury service. The answer is yes, many times. I’ve been summoned for service and served as a juror while working as an attorney, as a trial court judge, and as an appellate justice. Even Chief Justices are called to serve, and we do.
Jury service is the responsibility of all qualified citizens, but it also is an opportunity for us to participate directly in our system of justice and contribute to our communities. Trial by jury is one of the fundamental ideals of American democracy; serving as jurors reminds us that these ideals exist only as long as individual citizens are willing to uphold them.
Still, no matter how worthwhile, jury service makes demands on our time, and our courts continue to make improvements to jury service to make it as convenient and manageable as possible.
Whether this is your first time being summoned or you are an experienced juror, you may have questions about jury service; this web site answers some of the most commonly asked questions. Please check your summons for detailed instructions on service in your local court or visit your local court’s website.
If you are selected to serve, my hope is that you will find your service to be interesting and rewarding, as most jurors do.
Thank you for your service.
Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice of California
Click here to go to the Jury Service Basics page