Sep. 2, 2014

Jury Services

SCAM INFORMATION 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 INFORMATION

As a matter of public safety, all persons entering court facilities are subject to search.  The Court prohibits all weapons and contraband.  When entering any court facility everyone must pass through a security device.  Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, and any containers may be x-rayed.  Items that could potentially be used as a weapon are not permitted in the courthouse and will be confiscated; this may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Knives of any type
  • Pepper Spray
  • Metal Fingernail Files
  • Tools
  • Wallet Chains
  • Screwdrivers
  • Handwork Needles
  • Scissors
COURTROOM ATTIRE

We suggest you wear comfortable clothing that fits with the importance and dignity of the courtroom (Rule 4.3 of the Local Rules of Court).  While serving jury duty, the Court request that you dress in business casual attire.  Shorts, tank tops, bare midriffs, beach shoes, or similar dress is not appropriate for the courtroom.  We suggest that jurors dress in layers as the temperature of the jury assembly room and courtrooms can be unpredictable.  All hats and sunglasses must be removed prior to entering the courtroom and remain off while inside the courtroom.

COURTROOM 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.  In addition, Rule 4.6 of the Local Rules of Court and Rule 1.150 of the California Rules of Court state that you may not use 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 while you are inside the courtroom. 

JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM

While the Local Rules of Court prohibits using all electronic devices in the courtroom, the court does permit use of this equipment in the Jury Assembly Room located at 725 Court Street, Room 301.  In addition, the court offers Wi-Fi service for our jurors in the Jury Assembly Room.  The Jury Assembly Room is strictly reserved for our jurors while serving jury duty. 

 

The following amenities are also offered in the Jury Assembly Room

  • - Coffee and Tea
  • - Vending Machines
  • - Refrigerator and Microwave
  • - Television - CNN only
  • - Magazines
SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS

If you are disabled or need special assistance, reasonable accommodations are available so that you can serve.  Reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to wheelchair access, readers, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, or real-time captioning.  Please call the Jury Services Office at least two weeks before your date of service at (530) 406-6828 to allow the court time to make arrangements once you receive a jury summons.  In most instances, we will postpone your jury service date to allow the court time to make arrangements to meet your needs.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Yolo County enjoys a reliable public transit system through Yolobus.  Yolobus, the county's fixed-route bus system provides safe, affordable, and accessible transportation for all residents of Yolo County.  The bus stop for Yolo County Superior Court is conveniently located in front of the courthouse at 725 Court Street. 

 

Yolobus Customer Service phone hours: 7 am - 11 pm seven days a week

·        (530) 666-2877

·        (800) 371-2877 (from Yolo County only)

·        (530) 666-5842 (TDD for hearing impaired)

·        www.yolobus.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Requirements To Be A Juror

You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. All you need is an open mind and a readiness to work with the other jurors and to make decisions. You also need to be impartial. Your personal feelings and biases must not influence your decisions.

Qualifications To Be A Juror CCP§203

All persons are eligible and qualified to be prospective trial jurors, except the following:

In the State of California, no person shall be excluded from eligibility for jury service solely because of: the loss of sight, hearing, or other disability, or for any reason other than those reasons provided by this section. No one is exempt because of his or her job, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or economic status.

Summons

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

Summons Appearance Date

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED for jury duty, you can confirm your appearance date, your current juror status, or postpone your date of service by using our jury self-service system if you are within 5 business days before your date of service and you do not have a previous postponement on your record. Located on your summon is your juror badge number, date, time, and location to appear. Using your juror badge number, you may use either the self-service jury system or the self-service telephone system to check your appearance information each evening after 5:10 PM and/or 12 o'clock noon if scheduled to appear at 1:00 pm. Please follow all instructions until you receive notice to appear, notice of release until a future date, or notice of service completion.

Special Note: Due to the possibility of changes in the jury trial schedules, you may be required to appear at a time or date different from what appears on your jury summons. Therefore, it is very important for you to follow the call in instructions to prevent you from missing your appearance or appearing unnecessarily if your service was changed or cancelled.

You may call or go on-line to the Court web site for juror service information:
Jury Services: (530) 406-6701
Jury Web Site: www.yolo.courts.ca.gov

For reporting information Click Here

Postponement Information

If you are not available on the date summoned to attend, you may for any reason, request a one-time postponement. Provide a new date within the next 6 months (any Monday - Wednesday, except holidays). All requests for postponements beyond 90 days must be made in writing.

Breast-feeding mothers may postpone their jury service for up to one year.

Students may request a one-time postponement of their service to the next school break. Complete the section titled "Request for Postponement" and return to the Jury Office within 10 days of receipt of your summons. If you are a full time student attending college out of the county and will not return for the year you may postpone your service for up to one year.

Online Postponement Request

For online postponement request Click Here. All requests for postponements beyond 90 days must be made in writing.

Please Note: if you have had a previous postpone within the year or you are not within the five business days from your day of service the online postponement will not be available to you. Please contact the Jury Office if assistance is needed at 530-406-6828/p>

Please follow the link below to the Court and Community brochure to find answers to frequently asked questions

COURT AND COMMUNITY: Information and Instructions for Responding to Your Juror Summons

Excuse Request

If any of the following criteria applies, a prospective juror MAY request an excuse from service in writing:

  • Is under the age of 70 and has a physical or mental disability that would prevent them from serving. 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 - NOTE: You must attach a signed statement from your employer, on business letterhead verifying loss of pay. Self-employed you must submit your hardship in writing.
  • Has a verifiable, 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. Must provide the following information:
  1. Ages(s) of person(s) cared for
  2. Your relationship to person(s) cared for
  3. Type of care provided

In order to request an excuse from jury service, the juror must complete and return the Juror Response Form at least 5 working days prior to your service date. If you have lost or misplaced your jury summons please complete Juror disqualification form and submit at least 5 working days prior to your jury service.

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.

Disqualification Request

If any of the following criteria applies you must submit 5 business days before your date of service in writing:

Please be sure to update your Department Motor Vehicles record as well as your Voter Registration record

Requests for disqualification from jury service, the juror must complete and return the Juror Response Form at least 5 working days prior to your service date.

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 disqualification from jury service.

Verification of Service

The Work Verification form, which the employee/juror gives to their employer, as proof of service will be available for pick up from the Jury Services Offices at the end of your service. If you are selected as a seated juror on a trial, you are to pick up your work verification form from the Jury Services Office at the completion of your service. The proof of service form will be inclusive of all the days you actually appeared for jury service. Even if your employer does not require proof of service, it is always advisable to pick up a form anyway for your own personal records.

 

The Work Verification form, which the employee/juror gives to their employer, as proof of service will be available for pick up from the Jury Services Offices at the end of your service. If you are selected as a seated juror on a trial, you are to pick up your work verification form from the Jury Services Office at the completion of your service. The proof of service form will be inclusive of all the days you actually appeared for jury service. Even if your employer does not require proof of service, it is always advisable to pick up a form anyway for your own personal records.

LOCATION AND HOURS

Hours:   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
               1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone:  (530) 406-6828

Fax Number: (530) 406-6826

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(excluding court holidays)

Juror Unattended Phone system:
(530) 406-6701

 

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