Jury Service

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

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

"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."

Scam Alert
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.


For Jurors

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.

For Employers

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.


For Judges & Attorneys

Plain language Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions

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


Ideals Made Real California's
Juror Orientation Video

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: