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Employer Verification Jury Operations Division
Length of Service Security
Requests for Postponement  
Requests for Excuse From Service Juror Questionnaire
Dress Code and Code of Conduct Jury Reporting Instructions
Jury Fees Exit Questionnaire
Notice to Employees and Employers  
Failure To Appear Grand Jury
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JUROR BASICS

All U.S. Citizens who are over the age of 18, a resident of the county that issued the jury summons, and able to understand the English language are eligible to serve on a jury in the State of California. Of these people, only convicted felons, meaning anyone who has been found guilty of a felony, cannot serve.

Jury Trials are held at the following Court locations only:

 

HOURS

Courts normally begin their jury trials each morning at 9:30 AM. Recess for lunch between 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The End of the Day by 5:00 PM. Once you have been assigned as a juror and sworn to hear the case, the court will instruct you as to what time you are to report and where.

EMPLOYER VERIFICATIONS

Work Certificates are available for your employer. They may be obtained from the jury staff at the completion of your 1st day of jury duty. Once a sworn juror, you may obtain a work certificate: daily, weekly or at the completion of your jury duty stay with us. If an employer requires a time in/time out work certificate, please notify the jury clerk upon checking in with us. Employees may request a work certificate by calling the automated phone system and following the prompts.

JURY OPERATIONS DIVISION

Jury Staff is available to assist you during your service as a juror. The office is located in the Main Courthouse and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00 p.m. Our office is closed during the lunch hour 12:00pm-1:00pm.

The main office and reporting jury instructions automated phone system is 559-675-4977 or toll free: 888-533-5221. Juror information is available on our automated phone system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The automated phone system is accessed by touch-tone phone and jurors may use the badge number printed on their summons to check their specific jury service status or to postpone their service to a more convenient date. Basic information is also available without using the juror badge number. All prospective jurors are instructed to call the number printed on their summons for reporting instructions the evening prior to their appearance to verify the correct date and time to report. For jurors reporting on a Tuesday following a holiday a call may be placed anytime throughout the weekend beginning at 5:30 p.m. the preceding Friday. Jurors must input the badge number printed on their summons to access the reporting instructions by phone. Jurors may also access reporting instructions online by clicking on the "Jury Reporting" button at the top of this page. If the summons has been lost or misplaced the juror will need to contact the office to check their service status during normal business hours by calling 559-675-4977 or toll free: 888-533-5221 and transfer in to a jury clerk.

In addition to checking your jury service status via our automated phone system, you can also check it via our website by using our Inter Web Response.

LENGTH OF SERVICE AND TRIAL DURATION - PLAN ON STAYING WITH US FOR THE ENTIRE DAY

In an effort to reduce the amount of time spent at the court for jury duty, we have a "One Trial, One Day" term of service. Your length of service may vary depending on the court to which you have been summoned. Prospective jurors who are summoned will be asked to call-in for reporting instructions and will follow this process over a one-week period, Monday through Thursday. Jurors who appear on a Tuesday or a Wednesday will be expected to stay with us for the entire day. If assigned to a courtroom on the day you report for jury duty and released by the judge in that court, you may be required to enter another courtroom for jury selection. Once all trials have selected and jurors are no longer needed for that week, you should be released from jury service for a period of one-year. Jurors are instructed to call for reporting instructions after 5:30pm on the evening prior to their report date. The telephone number is pre-printed on your jury summons. If your report date is a Tuesday, following a holiday you may call anytime throughout the weekend after 5:30 p.m. on Friday. You must have the badge number printed on your jury summons to access your reporting information using the automated phone system.

REQUESTS FOR POSTPONEMENTS

You may request a postponement of your jury service using your juror badge number within the automated telephone system @ 559-675-4977 and toll free: 888-533-5221 or by filling out your questionnaire and returning it in the envelope provided. Postponement requests for up to 90 calendar days are usually granted, providing, it is your first time postponement. You must select a Tuesday date within 90 calendar days of your original service date. If you received a jury summons for the Sierra Court in Bass Lake and you are requesting a postponement, you will automatically be transferred to the Madera Court location. A new summons will be sent to you approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your new date of service.

REQUESTS TO BE DISQUALIFIED OR EXCUSED

YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE FILLED OUT IN FULL AND SUBMITTED WITHIN 1-WEEK OF YOUR SUMMONS DATE. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE AFFIDAVIT OF PROSPECTIVE JUROR WILL NOT ALLOW THE JURY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE TO ACCEPT YOUR DISQUALIFICATION OR EXCUSE PRIOR TO YOUR SUMMONS DATE.

Requests to be excused must be submitted in writing and are subject to review. Disqualification or excuses from jury duty must adhere to strict legal guidelines as allowed by law and may be submitted by completing the disqualification or excuse section on the summons. Be specific and attach verification where needed. You will only be notified if your request is denied. The status of a request can be checked by using your badge number within the automated telephone system.

APPROPRIATE VERIFICATION
Not a Citizen A copy of green card/birth certificate/passport/work permit
Not a Resident A copy of PGE bill/D.L's/anything to verify name & address
Convicted of a felony A print out to verify the felony conviction

HOW HARDSHIPS ARE ADDRESSED: All eligible persons summoned for jury duty must serve when called upon to do so. If you feel you have any reason that would stop you from serving jury duty for the minimum requirement, you must appear for service in the Jury Assembly Room on the first day and complete the orientation process that is required by California law. Jury Services personnel cannot excuse jurors for hardship. You may be selected randomly for assignment to a courtroom. If selected, you will be given the opportunity to speak with the judge hearing the matter regarding your hardship excuse. The Court will determine if you can be excused for hardship. Hardships may include vacation plans, related issues; transportation problems; financial difficulties; or childcare issues.

DRESS CODE and CODE OF CONDUCT

Jurors are asked to dress appropriately for a courtroom. Business or casual dress is acceptable-jeans and t-shirts are okay. Jurors are warned that temperatures in courtrooms can vary widely (both cold and hot) and are encouraged to dress appropriately. SHORTS AND TANK TOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COURTROOMS. Wearing shorts or tank tops will not be used as a basis for excusing jurors. However, the judge may order that the prospective juror wear appropriate clothing if they must return for further service. Please use good judgment on articles of clothing. During the orientation process, you will be notified that all cellular phones and pagers be silenced upon entering the courtroom. The orientation is a requirement of state law and must be given to all prospective jurors. In the courtroom, please be alert and courteous. Do not leave the courtroom unless there is an emergency and the bailiff has been informed. Please clear any medically necessary food or drink with the bailiff before entering the courtroom. You may be asked to leave the courtroom to take care of such situations. Reading material and handiwork may only be used while court is not in session.

JURY FEES

California state law, jurors are paid $15.00 per day starting the second day of service. Mileage is paid at $.34 per mile one way from your legal residence to the courthouse starting with the second day of service.

As of August 16, 2004, legislation was signed concerning Juror Pay for Governmental Employees.

The Civil Code of Procedure Section 215 provides:

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), on and after July 1, 2000, the fee for jurors in the superior court, in civil and criminal cases, is fifteen dollars ($15) a day for each days attendance as a juror after the first day.

(b) A juror who is employed by a federal, state or local government entity or by any other public entity as defined in Section 481.200, and who receives regular compensation and benefits while performing jury service, may not be paid the fee described in subdivision (a).

(c) All jurors in the superior court, in civil and criminal cases shall be reimbursed for mileage at the rate of thirty-four ($.34) per mile for each mile actually traveled in attending court as a juror after the first day, in going only.

Code of Civil Procedure Section 481.200 provides:

"Public entity" includes the state, the Regents of the University of California, a county, a city, district, public authority, public agency, and any other political subdivision or public corporation in the state.

SECURITY

SECURITY INFORMATION: All persons, packages and bags entering the Madera Superior Court are screened for weapons and contraband. All prospective jurors are required to go through the metal detectors. Jurors are encouraged to leave any questionable items at home or in their vehicles. NO WEAPONS, PEPPER SPRAYS of any kind, NEEDLES, SCISSORS, TWEEZERS, METAL NAIL FILES, nor any hot/cold liquids will be allowed thru security, with the exception of bottled water. Any object that is questionable will be confiscated by Security upon your entrance to the courthouse and WILL NOT be returned to you.

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS

JOB and SCHOOL! You are notified, as require by law, that Labor Code section 230 states that no employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for taking time off as required by law on an inquest jury or trial jury if such employee, prior to taking such time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer that he/she is required to serve. The court advises qualified jurors to notify their employers upon receipt of this summons. This is the Law!! The California Education Code (44037 and 8 7036) and Rule of Court 5.5(d)(7) protect teachers, other school employees, and students. If you are harassed or fired, contact your local jury office or the judge assigned to your trial.

FAILURE TO APPEAR

Failure to appear as summoned could result in a $1,500.00 fine, a jail sentence and other legal consequences.

CONTACT US:

Madera Superior Court
Jury Operations Division
209 W. Yosemite Ave.
Madera, California 93637
Automated Phone System: (559) 675-4977 or (888) 533-5221
FAX: (559) 675-7853
E-Mail: jury@madera.courts.ca.gov

 


   
 
 
     
         
     



 
 

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