Failure to Appear For Jury Service

Failure To Appear


If you are qualified and you have not been excused or had your service postponed, you must report for jury service. You may only have to call on the phone or check a web site to find out if you need to report for jury service.

If you did fail to appear for jury service, please contact the Jury Service Office immediately to reschedule your service (530) 406-6701. Failure to do so could lead to fines, jail time, or a combination of the two.




Failure To Respond CCP§209


Jury service in not voluntary, but a civic duty imposed upon all qualified citizens. If you fail to report for jury service as instructed, you may need to appear before a judge to explain the reason. If the judge finds you in contempt of court, the judge may fine you up to $1,500. Jail time in addition to the fine is also possible. Carefully follow the instructions on the summons and contact the court if you need help.




Failure to Appear for Jury Service Policy



The purpose of this Failure to Appear (“FTA") policy is to implement an effective plan that will increase the number of people appearing for jury duty by reducing the number of jurors who fail to appear or respond to their jury summons. (click to review the policy)



Failure to Appear for Order to Show Cause Hearing


If a juror does not appear for the OSC hearing, the judicial officer may impose a monetary sanction on the absent juror. The Court will mail a notice to the juror informing the juror of the amount imposed and where to pay the sanction. Requests to set aside monetary sanctions imposed by default are governed by California Rule of Court 2.1010.  A prospective juror against whom sanctions have been imposed by default under section 209 may move to set aside the default. The motion must be brought no later than 60 days after sanctions have been imposed.  A motion to set aside sanctions imposed by default may be made by completing and filing Juror's Motion to Set Aside Sanctions and Order (Judicial Council form MC-070).  The Court may decide the motion with or without a hearing.  If the motion demonstrates good cause, the Court must set aside sanctions imposed against a prospective juror.