During the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, the court will be emailing SurveyMonkey juror questionnaires to minimize the time prospective jurors must spend in the courthouse. Please see the court’s notice.
Please read the following important information regarding COVID-19 and jury service.
- No new criminal jury trials will be commenced prior to July 1, 2020. No new civil jury trials will be commenced prior to October 1, 2020.
- If you are a potential juror with questions about your on-call period, please call (800) 569-7658.
- If you are required to appear at the courthouse, you must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms by reviewing the court’s pre-screening questionnaire. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You will not be screened by building security for COVID-19 symptoms.
Welcome to Jury Service
The safety of jurors and other courthouse visitors is the Northern District of California’s highest priority, and the Court continues to follow the guidance of local health authorities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Until further notice, the Court is bringing in as few jurors as possible to seat a jury, and only one jury selection or jury trial will be taking place at each courthouse at a time. Mandatory social distancing and face covering protocols are in place within the building. Please note that face coverings are required in the jury assembly room and all public areas of the building. The courthouse’s normal amenities are not available. Please bring your own pen, reading materials, water bottle, snacks, and lunch.
For the San Francisco Courthouse: all court staff or persons who are authorized to visit a courtroom or the Jury Office (Floors 15, 16, 17, 18, or 19) must enter through the Turk Street entrance.
Your Jury Summons
Did you receive this form in the mail?
Summoned for Jury Duty?
How long do I serve on jury duty?
Jurors are on call for two weeks (10 consecutive court days beginning the first day you are on call). This court is a “one appearance, or one trial” court. You will be required to make only one appearance in court for jury selections held that day, or serve for one trial (jury selection may take more than one day). If you are not selected as a juror when you report, your service will be over once the jury selection process is complete. If you are selected to serve on a trial, you must serve the length of the trial; when the trial is over, your service is complete.
How will I know which days to report?
You must check for reporting instructions the day before your first scheduled reporting date to find out if or when you are required to appear. If you are not required to appear that first day, the message will tell you when to call again. You must continue calling for instructions until the message says your service is over.
Where did the jury office get my name for jury duty?
Names for potential jurors are randomly drawn from voter registration lists obtained from the Secretary of State of California and from lists of driver’s license/identification cards obtained from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
I do not reside in the county where the court is located. Do I have to serve?
The boundaries of the Northern District of California include the following 15 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. If you live in any of these counties, you are subject to jury service in one of the court’s four locations: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or Eureka. Once you are summoned to one location, your service cannot be transferred to any other location.
What are the grounds for requesting an excuse from service?
Many requests for excuse – and any excuses related to financial hardship – may only be granted by a judge. You may be excused from service on request if you:
- Are 70 years of age or older;
- Have reported to court for jury service in the past 12 months. You must have been present in court for at least one day and must provide a certificate of attendance from the other court showing the date(s) you were present;
- Are solely responsible for the care of a preschool child or an aged or infirm person and you are not employed outside the home;
- Reside more than 80 miles from the courthouse to which you are summoned;
- Serve as a volunteer firefighter or member of a volunteer rescue squad or ambulance crew.
What if I am nursing?
The Court does not typically exclude nursing mothers from service, and instead accommodates their needs and privacy during jury service.
What if I live too far away to commute to the courthouse?
If your trip to the courthouse would be inconveniently long, you may be eligible to stay at a hotel near the courthouse with court reimbursement, along with payment for meals and incidental expenses, so long as you obtain prior authorization from the jury office. Please call 415-522-2171 for more information.
May I postpone my service to a later date?
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Beware of Jury Scams
IMPORTANT! There is an active scam in Northern California targeting citizens via unsolicited phone calls. The callers may claim to be court jury office staff, United States Marshals, and even judges.
The callers can be very forceful and insistent, and are skillful at intimidating people. These calls are fraudulent!