Resources for Judges, Attorneys, Court Staff, and the Public

Jury Instructions for Judges and Attorneys

The Judicial Council of California has adopted award-winning plain language civil and criminal jury instructions that accurately convey the law using language that is understandable to jurors. 

California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) and
Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM)


Judicial Council of California Jury References - Jury Improvement Program

Judicial Council of California Jury References - Brochures

Judicial Council of California Jury References - Reports to the Legislature


Judicial Council of California Jury References - Court Administration

National Center for State Courts References - Prepared for the Judicial Council of California 

Jury Improvement Program, Jury Data Report (JDR) - References and Reports

Contact Info

For information regarding the Jury Improvement Program, you may reach us at:


If you have an issue with your jury service, please contact your local court. We are not involved in day-to-day court operations and cannot assist you with summonses, excuses, postponements, proof of service, payments, or other jury-related tasks that are the responsibility of each court.

External Resources

Jury Education and Management Forum

Center for Jury Studies
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone (800) 616-6164
Fax (757) 564-2022

California Grand Jurors' Association
Public Relations Officer
Phone (805) 532-1321

California Law

cell phone poster
The poster above is a reminder to jurors that bans on research and dissemination of trial-related information apply to all forms of electronic and wireless communication.  Please be aware that inappropriate use of social media and the internet is prohibited.  

PDF versions of the poster are provided in two sizes: 8.5” x 11” and 11” x 17”.

Answering the Call for Jury Service

The judicial branch of California does not endorse or advocate for any of the organizations connected with the production of this video. The use of this video is solely for the limited purposes of educating the public about jury service.