Deferrals

The Superior Court realizes prospective jurors may have been summoned at an inconvenient time and in most instances are willing to defer or postpone service to a more convenient time. Jury service may be postponed one time for a maximum of 90 days from the original summons date. Deferring jury service is preferred for a temporary or marginal hardship, i.e. a medical appointment; full-time student or planned vacation.

To defer jury service you may either use the Juror Questionnaire Portal or automated phone system at 1-866-402-5879. You need your Juror ID number located on your jury summons.

Excusals

California Rules of Court, Rule 2.1008, and California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 203 and 204 specify the grounds on which the Jury Commissioner is permitted to excuse prospective jurors from jury service.  Click here for a list of extreme hardships.

To request to be excused from jury service you must complete the Juror Questionnaire through the portal or submit a request in writing to the Jury Administration Office prior to your service date.  The request must include your juror ID number, facts specifying the hardship and a statement of why the circumstances constituting the hardship cannot be avoided by deferring jury service to another date.  The request can be sent via U.S. mail or to jury@sb-court.org.