The right to a trial by jury is a privilege that applies to both criminal and civil cases and is recognized as the foundation of the American court system, guaranteed by both the United States and California Constitutions.
If you received a jury summons you may check the status of the trial and whether or not you need to appear by calling:
Confirm your status, or request an extension or excuse.
Please bring your summons with you when reporting for jury service
Please review this section of this website prior to your arrival. This will prepare you for what will be expected when you arrive at the courthouse.
Juror Reporting Instructions (COVID-19)
Step 1. Please follow the instructions on the summons to confirm your attendance, or to REQUEST A POSTPONEMENT OR EXCUSE PRIOR TO YOUR SUMMONS DATE. Most trials are scheduled for a full week, please be prepared to serve for the full week or longer if necessary.
Step 2. After 5:00 P.M. on the evening before you are scheduled to report, check the status of your summons date on the main jury page of the court’s website or call (760) 872-2859 to see if you need to appear.
Step 3. If your appearance is confirmed, you are ordered to report by Zoom or phone on the date and time listed on your summons. Attendance and announcements will be held via Zoom, then a group of potential jurors may be summoned to appear in person at the Independence Courthouse located at 168 North Edwards Street, Independence, CA.