Yolo Superior Court has a “One-Day or One-Trial" term of service. This means that a juror generally serves for one day or the duration of a trial. The average length of jury trials in Yolo County are three to six days. If the judge or attorneys excuse you through the jury selection process, your service is complete and you are not eligible again for service for 12 months (unless you request a hardship excuse from the judge). In addition, as a seated juror or alternate, you are also not eligible again for service for 12 months. As an added incentive, at Yolo Superior Court, we excuse our jurors for a longer length of time if the jury trial is one month or longer. The vast majority of people who actually serve on a jury find it a fascinating and rewarding experience that they would do again.
Hours of Service and Call-In Instructions
If you are called as a prospective juror, at a minimum, your availability is required for the entire date indicated on your jury summons. The typical daily hours for jury service are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with lunch scheduled between 12:00 o'clock noon and 1:30 pm. If selected as a trial juror, you will serve to the end of the jury trial. Your daily hours are subject to the requirements of the trial department and the judge overseeing your trial.
Automated appearance information is available after 5:10 pm beginning on the Friday immediately prior to the week summoned and every night or afternoon thereafter until either asked to appear, released until further notice, or excused as service complete. You may access your appearance information for jury service using the online self-service jury system or by calling (530) 406-6701. Both sources will provide specific instructions concerning your appearance requirement. If checking your appearance requirement by telephone, please make sure to listen carefully to all instructions in full.
DO NOT HANG UP BEFORE LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE MESSAGE. IF THE MESSAGE TELLS YOU TO CALL BACK AT 12 O'CLOCK NOON DO NOT STAY AT HOME. GO TO WORK AND CALL AGAIN AS INSTRUCTED AT THE APPOINTED TIME.
Please plan to spend your entire day of appearance in either the Jury Assembly Room or the Courtroom. We suggest you bring reading materials or small projects to pass the time while waiting assignment to a courtroom. In addition, the Court provides Wi-Fi Service in the Jury Assembly Room.