Oct. 23, 2016

Jury Services

Jury Group updates(*) for Wednesday, October 19, 2016



503, 504, 505, 506 and 507 

Please report at 8:00 a.m.

508 and 509

Your jury service has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Please recheck your status after 5:10 p.m. on Monday.


510, 511 and 512 

 Your group has been cancelled.  Please do not appear.





(*) updated on October 18, 2016.



Online Web Submission:

If summoned for jury service, please use the Jury Portal. Juror identification number (located at the top of the summons) and date of birth will be required.

Use the Jury Portal to:

- Confirm or update contact information

- Request a postponement or to be excused (**)

- Print Proof of Jury Service

(**) Any requests must be submitted no less than 5 business days before service date.




Frequently Asked Questions

Is Jury Service Mandatory?

Jury service is an obligation of citizenship. Jurors participate in a critical public process while fulfilling a civic obligation. Persons accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have a jury of their peers hear and decide facts in the case. When serving on a jury, important decisions are made affecting people’s lives and on issues that concern you and your community.

What Kinds of Trials Will I Hear?

Two types of trials have juries: criminal and civil. On occasion other cases might require jurors. Juvenile and family law trials do not have juries.

Are There Any Requirements to Serve on a Jury?

Jurors must meet all requirements stated in the section “Requirements to be a Juror/Disqualifications.”.  Jurors do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to serve.  Once in the courtroom the Judge will provide general instructions.

Where Do the Names Come From for Jury Service and How Are They Selected?

Names are randomly selected from the Yolo County Voter Registration lists and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Generally, What Are the Daily Hours of Service?

Courts are generally in session from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

How Long Does an Average Trial Last?

In most cases, the average length of a trial is three to six days. However some jury trials can take several weeks and, rarely, longer than a month.

Does My Employer Have to Pay Me When on Jury Service?

There is no law that compels employers to pay for jury service.

Will I Be Sequestered in a Hotel Room?

This is an extremely rare occurrence. Yolo County jurors are not typically sequestered.

Is Day Care Provided?

Daycare is not provided and children should not be brought for jury service.

How Long Must I Continue to Call Back?

Jurors must continue to check status online or by phone until they are released.

What Happens If I Am Late and Cannot Get to Court Before the Trial Starts?

The court session cannot start until all jurors are present. If there is an emergency, please call jury services immediately (530) 406-6828.

How Often Must I Serve?

In Yolo County, a person is exempt from further jury service for 12 months if:

a) The juror served on a trial as a seated juror,
b) Appeared for jury service and did not request a hardship excuse,
c) Appeared for jury service and was not selected, or
d) Was scheduled to appear at 1:00 pm but had their service cancelled on the same day at 12 noon.


If a juror was summoned for service, but the group was cancelled the day before, then service is not considered complete and the juror could be summoned again at random. 



Location: 1000 Main Street,
                  Woodland, CA 95695

Hours:   7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (530) 406-6701
For juror group updates select option 3

Email: juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov

Phone: (530) 406-6828
To reach jury personnel or leave a message

Fax: (530) 406-6826

ADA Accommodations

Reasonable ADA accommodations are available.  Reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to wheelchair access, readers, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, or real-time captioning. Please email juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov or call the Jury Services Office at (530)406-6828 as soon as possible to allow the court time to make arrangements.  In some instances, jury service may be postponed to allow the court time to make arrangements.


Beginning on the second day of service, jurors are entitled to a $15.00 per diem and mileage at $0.34 per mile one-way from their home. 

  • The amount of payment is set by the State. 
  • Mileage is automatically calculated by zip code.
  • Payment will arrive in the mail approximately 45 days after the completion of service.


If you are employed by a federal, state, county or city government agency and you receive regular compensation and benefits while serving on a jury you are only entitled to receive mileage reimbursement.

On the second day of service government employees must complete the form “Notice to Government Employees” available online or in the Jury Services Office.

Some examples of government agencies are:

  • The Regents of the University of California
  • Judicial Council and trial courts
  • School districts
  • Transit boards

If there are any questions about whether an employer is a government or public agency, please see Jury Services Staff.

Courtroom Attire

Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the dignity of the courtroom.  Business casual attire is encouraged. Shorts, tank tops, bare midriffs, and beach shoes are not appropriate for the courtroom. All hats and sunglasses must be removed prior to entering the courtroom and remain off while inside the courtroom.

Employer Retaliation

State law prohibits discrimination or retaliations against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror (California Labor Code, Section 230(a)).

Excuse From Jury Service

Please use the Jury Portal to request to be excused from jury service if any of the following criteria apply:

  • Under the age of 70 and have a physical or mental disability that would prevent jury service. (A doctor must provide a note verifying the disability and the note must specify the period for which the medical excuse is valid up to one year.)
  • Will experience extreme financial hardship – (A signed statement from your employer, on business letterhead verifying loss of pay must be emailed to juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov . If self-employed please provide a letter stating the facts of the hardship and the court will make a decision about the hardship on a case by case basis.
  • Have a non-professional obligation to provide care for another between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and alternative arrangements are not feasible. The following information must be provided:

   o Ages(s) of person(s) cared for

   o Relationship to person(s) cared for

   o Type of care provided

  • Occupational reasons are not permissible when requesting exemption from service. Inconvenience to a prospective trial juror or an employer is not a legal reason for excusal from jury service, however you may request a postponement for this reason.
  • Please Note: Requests for postponement must be made no less than 5 business days before service date.

Failure to Appear for Jury Service

If you fail to appear for jury service, please contact the Jury Service Office immediately at juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov or (530) 406-6828 to reschedule service. Failure to do so may result in contempt of court; punishable by fine, incarceration, or both.

Jury Amenities

The Jury Assembly Room is available to jurors for the duration of their jury service. The door remains unlocked all day. 

  • The Court provides free Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator, workstations and USB ports for charging mobile devices.
  • There is a coffee cart located on the first floor around the corner to the right. The coffee cart vendor offers jurors a 10% discount.
  • Multiple restaurants in Woodland offer discounts to jurors.  Please look at the handout “What’s Cooking” for suggestions.
  • Bathrooms are located on the first floor, around the corner to the right.  On floors 2-5, bathrooms are located near the elevators.
  • Please do not leave personal belongings in the jury room.

Media Policy

Rule 4.5 of the Local Rules of Court and Rule 1.150 of the California Rules of Court prohibit photographing, videotaping, televising, or otherwise recording any court proceeding or within the courthouse.

In addition, Rule 4.6 of the Local Rules of Court and Rule 1.150 of the California Rules of Court prohibit the use of computers, cellular phones, cameras, IPods, PDAs, tape recorders, or other electronic devices in the courtroom. The court requires all electronic equipment be shut off completely prior to entering the courtroom and remain off inside the courtroom.

One Day or One Trial

California has a one-day trial term of jury service.  This means that a trial juror serves for one day or for the duration of one trial.  Statewide, the majority of jurors serve for just one day.  Most trials are completed within one week.

Parking Information

  • Free juror parking, including ADA parking, is located in the public lots on Oak and 6th Street and Lincoln and 6th Street.
  • If you have an ADA placard you may park as permitted by DMV.
  • Bike racks are located on the North West side of the courthouse
  • The Court is not responsible for parking citations, theft or vandalism.  
  • Courthouse Parking Map

Postponement of Jury Service

Please use the Jury Portal to request a postponement.

  • If the date you are summoned causes you hardship, you may be granted a one-time postponement of up to 6 months.
  • Breastfeeding mothers may request a postponement for up to 12 months. Students may request a one-time postponement of their service to the next school break. Please contact jury services at juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov to reschedule jury service.
  • Please Note: Requests for postponement must be made no less than 5 business days before service date.

Proof of Service

If Proof of Service is required by an employer, it can be downloaded by using the Jury Portal available online.  A jury identification number is required.

Public Transportation

The Yolo Superior Court will provide you with a bus pass if needed. Please contact the Jury Services Office at juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov in advance to obtain a bus pass.

Please visit www.yolobus.com for more information.

Requirements to be a Juror/Disqualification

To be able to serve on a jury, certain requirements must be met:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States;
  • Must be a resident of Yolo County;
  • Must not have a felony conviction and not have petitioned the court to have your civil rights restored; and/or
  • Must be over the age of 18

If you do not meet these requirements, please use the Jury Portal or contact jury services at juryinfo@yolo.courts.ca.gov to submit disqualification.

Scam Info Warning

The Yolo County Superior Court has learned of a scam in which identity thieves are calling potential jurors and threatening them for failing to report for jury service. The thieves then ask for confidential information.
Court employees never call local citizens and ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information. 
Citizens should not give out such information over the phone to anyone claiming to be with the judicial system. Although the Court does not know of any such activity in Yolo County, we have received reports that this scam occurred in other California counties and in other states as well.
If you receive such a telephone call, please contact the Jury Services Office immediately at (530) 406-6828.

Security Screening

Every person entering the courthouse will be screened for weapons.  All forms of weapons including pocket knives, scissors, knitting needles, pepper spray, or any other items that can be used as a weapon are prohibited.  Any person who for medical reasons cannot walk through a magnetometer can request to be hand wanded.

Summons and Appearance Date

The jury summons contains information about reporting for jury service, including: 

  • Juror ID Number, Reporting Date and Time, and Group Number
  • When to report
  • Parking Information
  • Instructions to postpone or excuse service
  • Requirements to serve as a juror
  • Please bring the summons with you when reporting for jury service
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