Jury service is one of the highest, most important acts of public service a citizen can provide.
Our courtrooms do important work every day, and we depend on our jurors to accomplish our mission of
providing fairness and justice. Both the U. S. Constitution and the California State Constitution
guarantee the right to trial by jury. As a juror, you are a vital part of that process. Our third
President, Thomas Jefferson, said “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by
man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."
We receive your information from the Registrar of Voters and/or Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV)
records. If your information is incorrect please contact either the voter registration or motor
vehicle at the numbers listed below.
Registrar of Voters at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/VoterRegistration.aspx or 909-387-8300
Department of Motor Vehicle at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/online/onlinesvcs.htm or 1-800-777-0133
Acceptable court attire is business or casual dress (jeans are allowed). No shorts, tank tops,
crop tops or bare feet are permitted. Professional uniforms are discouraged.
When entering any courthouse you will be required to go through an airport style weapon screening
device. Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, and all containers will be x-rayed. Objects like scissors,
nail clippers, and knitting needles are not allowed in the courthouse.
to view the list of prohibited items. All weapons and any items deemed dangerous by the
Sheriff’s Department will be confiscated.
Americans with Disabilities
If you need certain accommodations such as assistance with hearing amplification, or special seating,
contact the Jury Administration at 909-884-1858 right away. The Court requires notification at least 5
days in advance in order to provide certain accommodations. Let the Jury Administration know what you will
need. Please click here
to complete the Request for Accommodations form. If the Jury Administration cannot reasonably accommodate you,
you may request to be excused from jury service.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones with cameras are permitted within the courthouse. They cannot be used to photograph record
or broadcast from within the courthouse without prior court approval. Use of a cell phone to photograph,
record or broadcast from within the courthouse without prior court approval may subject the user to
confiscation of the item misused, a citation for contempt of court or an order imposing monetary sanctions
as provided by law pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 1.150 and local court rules.
Wireless Internet Access
The San Bernardino Superior Court provides free Wireless Internet Access for jurors serving at each
court branch. Access information will be provided during juror orientation.
Court Locations & Parking information
All court locations are non-smoking environments. ATM machines are available at some court locations.
Parking is limited at many court locations. For parking information you may ask the jury room staff or
click here http://www.sb-court.org/Locations.aspx.
Check Juror Status
Please contact the court after 5:00 pm the day before your appearance date to find out if you need to
report for jury service. A recorded message will advise you of your required reporting or call-in schedule.
Jury Administration (San Bernardino): 909-884-1858
Jury Administration (All Other Locations): 1-866-402-JURY (5879)
Hours for Jury Administration
8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
The Court realizes prospective jurors may have been summoned at an inconvenient time and in most instances
is willing to postpone service to a more convenient time. Jury Service may be postponed one time within 90 days
of the original summons date. To postpone jury service you may either use the automated phone system at
1-866-402-JURY (5879) or click here.
You must provide your Juror ID number located on either side of your jury summons.
Prospective jurors otherwise eligible to serve MAY be excused from jury service only for EXTREME hardship.
All requests to be excused must be submitted to the Jury Administration IN WRITING prior to the prospective
juror's service date.
Click here for a list of extreme hardships.
Failure to Appear/Respond to a Jury Summons
Pursuant to California CCP section 209, any prospective juror who has been summoned for service, and who
fails to respond as directed and be excused from attendance, may be found in contempt of court, punishable by
fine ($1,500), incarceration (5 days) or both.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I’m busy. Why should I serve?
As a citizen you participate in an important public process and fulfill a civic obligation. All persons
accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have a jury decide their
cases. When you serve on a jury, you make important decisions affecting other people's lives as well as your
How many days will I have to serve?
The Superior Court uses the "One Day/One Trial" program under California Rules of Court, rule 2.1002, which
is intended to make jury service more convenient by shortening the time that a person is required to serve to
one day or one trial. Under the "One Day/One Trial" program and the Summons for Jury Service you received, you
are only required to appear for jury service for one day unless you are assigned to a trial. If you are assigned
to a trial and sworn in as a juror, you will continue your service until the trial is completed.
Click here for more information.
How long does a trial take?
Trial length depends on how complex the issues are and how long jurors spend in deliberations. Most trials
last 3-7 days, but some may go longer. The judge knows approximately how long the trial will take and he or
she will give you an idea when your group is called for jury selection. Judges are aware that long trials
can be difficult. Let the judge know if it would be a serious hardship for you to serve on a long trial.
Please be patient during this process, because other jurors have similar concerns.
Do I get compensated as a juror?
Prospective jurors are paid fees and mileage beginning with their second day of service. Fees are paid
at the end of a trial, at the rate of fifteen ($15) dollars per day and thirty four (.34) cents per mile,
one way only from their home to the courthouse.
Note: All government employees who receive benefits from their employers while on jury service must waive
their jury fees. (Code of Civil Procedure sections 481.200 and 215) Please click here to obtain the Waiver of Payment form. Complete and return this form to the jury staff upon arriving at the court.
Who is exempt from jury service?
You are exempt if you:
- Are not a citizen.
- Are not a resident of the county.
- Are under 18 years of age.
- Have been convicted of a felony and your civil rights have not been restored.
- Are subject of conservatorship.
- Do not have sufficient knowledge of the English language.
How often must I serve?
In the County of San Bernardino once a person has served as a juror, they are exempt from further jury
service for 12 months.
Where does the Jury Commissioner obtain names of prospective jurors?
Both the voter registration and motor vehicle records are used as source lists for prospective jurors.
Names are randomly selected from the county wide population by computer.
Does my employer have to pay me while I serve on jury duty?
By law employers are not required to compensate employees while they are on jury service. Many
employers support the jury system and provide jury service benefits and will continue employee wages
while they serve. Please check with your employer regarding your company's policy.
Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror?
State law (Labor Code, Sec. 230) prohibits an employer from discharging or in any manner discriminating
against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror if the employee, prior to taking such time off,
gives reasonable notice to the employer of the requirement to serve as a juror.
Why are some prospective jurors instructed to report on their summons while others are told to
call back for further instructions?
All San Bernardino County prospective jurors are required to call a prerecorded message the evening prior
to their actual date of appearance.
Most prospective jurors are summoned to appear but others could be asked to call back again between 11 am
and 12 noon on their same summonsed date for possible appearance at 12:30 pm that same day. If additional
jurors are required they will appear that same date – if not the jurors will cancel and their service is
complete for the next twelve months.
What if I am summonsed as a 'call back' juror and I can't call in or leave my job in the middle of the day?
Calling in does not work for everyone. The nature of many professions makes it difficult for some prospective
jurors to call and/or report in the middle of the day. Please contact Jury Administration and they may be able to
accommodate other arrangements.
Are there ever any instances when I may have to serve longer?
Due to the nature of trials, it is impossible to predict exactly how many jurors may be needed on any given day.
If you are notified by the Court that you are a "stand-by" juror, you will be instructed to call in daily and may
be told to report when there are juror shortages. However, in an emergency situation where there still are not
sufficient jurors available, the court may order prospective jurors to serve additional days. This is extremely rare.
Why do jurors seem to wait around so much?
The judge and court staff works to reduce the time prospective jurors spend waiting for assignment.
The court asks for your patience and suggests that you bring a book or other reading material to occupy
your time while waiting. Also, the court has WIFI available at all court locations. The judge and court
staff will explain delays when possible.
How late will I be at the courthouse?
The Court's normal hours of operation are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Prospective jurors should make arrangements
to remain the entire day.
Do I have to serve if I am 70 or older?
If you are age 70 or over and have either a physical or mental disability or impairment you may be excused
from jury service. You may contact Jury Administration at 909-884-1858 or 1-866-402-JURY (5879).
May I serve on a jury if I am a felon?
You may not serve on a jury if you have been convicted of a felony offense and your civil rights have not been
restored. See California Code of Civil Procedure section 203(a)(5). However, if you have received a pardon from the
Governor and had your civil rights restored, pursuant to California Penal Code sections 4852.01-4854, you may serve
on a jury. There are two ways to receive a pardon: one is by applying for and being granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation
and Pardon, and the second is through a Direct Application for Pardon. Please consult an attorney for legal advice, your
local California Superior Court clerk’s office, or your probation office for further guidance.
What if I do not speak English?
You do not need to speak perfect English to serve as a juror. The court uses common, everyday language that people can
understand. The work done by the courts affects all people, so it is important that all communities be a part of our justice
system. No one person has to know everything. Jurors decide the outcome of a trial as a group, with each member making an
important contribution. If you cannot understand English, follow the instructions on the summons or contact the Jury
Administration at 909-884-1858 or 1-866-402-5879. If you need assistance, a friend or a family member who speaks English
may call for you. However, you may still have to come in person to request a disqualification.
Any Additional Questions:
If you have any questions, call the Jury Administration at 909-884-1858 between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
We have installed an automated telephone system that will answer many of your questions. The automated system
will also connect you to a staff person during normal business hours. This automated system is available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.