Jury Service

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

A Message From Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

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, as an appellate justice, and as Chief Justice of California. Even Chief Justices are called to serve, and we do.

Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility—it is an opportunity for us to participate directly in our system of justice and contribute to our communities. Jury service enables each and every one of us to provide access to justice for all. 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.

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The Judicial Council of California and staff of the superior courts will never ask past or prospective jurors for financial information, credit card numbers, bank account information, or personal information like Social Security numbers. Do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the courts. En español.

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Court and Community Jury Brochure thumbnail You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. All you need is an open mind and a readiness to work with the other jurors to make decisions.
View the Court and Community Jury Brochure to get information and instructions for responding to your juror summons.

Juries play an important and crucial role in our country's democratic process. Without them, our legal system would grind to a halt. Your help is essential in ensuring that all citizens are available to serve on juries when called.

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Plain language Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions

Additional Resources for court staff, judges, attorneys, and the public.

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Ideals Made Real California's
Juror Orientation Video
(14:00)

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.

Contact Info

For information regarding the Jury Improvement Program, contact us at:

juryinfo@jud.ca.gov