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Jury division

The right to trial by a jury is the privilege of every person in the United States. This right is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Jurors are essential to the administration of justice.


Automated Jury Services


With the Automated Jury System, you can do the following:

  • Check Juror Status
  • Postpone Jury Service
  • Update Juror Information
You must provide the Juror Badge# printed on the Jury Summons.

Notice to the Public

Please be aware that the Jury Staff of the Superior Courts do not ask past or prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card, and bank account information or personal information like Social Security Numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the courts. Please contact your local jury office if you receive this type of request.

Notice to the Public - JURY SCAM ALERT

Past or prospective jurors are NEVER contacted by phone regarding failure to serve jury duty. All communication regarding failure to serve jury duty is done via U.S. mail or personal service. No court jury staff or El Dorado County Sheriff’s staff ask past or prospective jurors to pay a fine or provide financial details including; credit card numbers, bank account(s), social security numbers or other personal information. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone.

If you receive a telephone call, from someone identifying himself or herself as a court employee or an employee of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office regarding a failure to appear for jury service, THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR PAY THEM ANY MONEY! If you are contacted, please call the Jury Commissioner's office at 530-621-7469.

THE IMPORTANCE OF YOU!

Jury Summons

The summons contains a great deal of information about where, when and how to report for jury service, as well as a section which will assist you if you need to have your service postponed or if you are requesting to be excused. Please locate your juror badge number, group number, date, and location to appear on your summons. Using your juror badge number, located on your summons, we may schedule you and others to appear on Monday, Tuesday or any other day of your appearance week, so please call as instructed each evening after 5:30PM until you are told to appear or are released from service.

If you have lost or misplaced your summons, West Slope at (530) 621-7469, or South Lake Tahoe at (530) 573-3078.

Appearance Update

This is the information that will tell you if you need to appear after having been summoned for jury duty for the following week. You may not need to actually appear, check carefully!

Hours of Service

If you are called as a prospective juror, your availability is required for the jury selection process for one week between the approximate hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please arrange your schedule accordingly to be available for your assigned week. If selected as a trial juror, you will serve to the end of the jury trial. A recorded or web message is available after - 5:00 p.m. the evening before your scheduled appearance date. This message will give you instructions for your juror group number. You will either hear specific instructions about when your appearance will be required by the court or the time you must call back for further instructions. DO NOT STAY AT HOME IF YOUR GROUP IS TOLD TO CALL BACK. GO TO WORK AND CALL AT THE APPOINTED TIME. We suggest you bring reading materials or small projects to pass the time while waiting assignment to a courtroom.

What If I Am Late?

Contact the Jury Coordinator’s office as soon as you know you are going to be late, for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches call 530-621-7469 and for the South Lake Tahoe Branch call 530-573-3078. If you appear too late, you may be rescheduled to a new date.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers cannot discriminate against employees serving on jury duty. Employers must allow employees time off to serve on a jury. The California Labor Code, section 230, prohibits any employer from firing or harassing an employee who is summoned to court for jury service as long as reasonable notice is given. The California Education Code, sections 44037 and 87036 protect teachers and students as well. Employers can also be prosecuted criminally and face a misdemeanor charge, if found guilty.

Directions and Parking

Address and maps to each courthouse are provided with your summons. There are parking lots at each court location, except for the Placerville Main Street Branch.

Main Street Parking Options: Free parking is available at the Placerville Station II parking facility located at 2980 Mosquito Road. Bus service from the Placerville Station II parking facility is provided; however, please Review the El Dorado Transit Placerville East/West/Express for their run times.

You must have your summons with you in order to receive the free bus services. Regulated fee parking is available at the downtown parking garage and lots as indicated on the map, at your own expense. Pay stations at the regulated fee parking lots accept cash and credit cards. Parking tickets are the responsibility of the juror; the Court cannot waive these tickets.

Cameron Park parking options: Limited parking is available at the Cameron Park Court. Additional parking is available along Meder Road. When parking along Meder Road or any other street in the surrounding neighborhood, be sure your vehicle is legally parked and not blocking or interfering with the roadway.

Security

You will be required to go through a security check point and metal detector. Any item that may be considered to cause personal harm will be confiscated by Security Personnel and will not be returned.

How Does the Jury Summonsing Process Work?

All potential jurors are selected at random from a list that is created using contact information from the Department of Motor Vehicles and voter registration lists.

Pay Policy

You will be paid fifteen dollars ($15.00) for the second and subsequent days of service, whether you are serving on a case or available to be assigned to a case. No juror will be paid a per diem for their first day of service, including sworn jurors who sit on a one-day trial. Mileage will be paid for all appearances at the rate of $.34 a mile one way, unless waived. If you are a Government Employee (State, Federal, County, City or District), and you receive your regular wages while performing jury service, you will not receive any jury pay for the time you are serving pursuant to CCP 215, but you will receive mileage reimbursement beginning on the second day of service.

Proof of Attendance

Work certificates are provided upon completion of your service.

Eligibility

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

  • Persons who are not citizens of the United States
  • Persons less than 18 years of age.
  • Persons not living in the State of California.
  • Persons who are not residents of El Dorado County.
  • Persons convicted of malfeasance in office or a felony, and whose civil rights have not been restored.
  • Persons who do not possess sufficient knowledge of the English language.
  • Persons serving as grand or trial jurors in any court of this state.
  • Persons who are the subject of conservatorship.

No person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of sight, hearing, or other disability. No person shall be excluded from eligibility for jury service in the State of California, for any reason other than those reasons provided by this section.

Request for Disqualification

Qualifications for jury service are established by California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 203, and are outlined below. If you find that you are not qualified to serve, please complete the portion of your summons titled “Request for Disqualification or Excuse.” Once completed, detach and return the request by mail or hand carry it to the Jury Coordinator’s office. Requests must be received by the jury office at least three working days prior to your service. Otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled. You Must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of El Dorado County
  • Have sufficient understanding of the English language
  • Have had your rights reinstated if convicted of a felony or malfeasance
You Must NOT:
  • Be currently serving as a Grand Juror
  • Be under Court appointed conservatorship
  • Have been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office
  • Peace Officer pursuant to 830.1 or 830.2(a) of the Penal Code, excluding correctional officers.

Request for Excuse

California Rule of Court, Rule 2.1008, specifies the grounds on which the Jury Coordinator’s office is allowed to excuse jurors from jury service. It sates, “Jury service, unless excused by law, is a responsibility of citizenship. The Court and its staff shall employ all necessary and appropriate means to ensure that citizens fulfill this important and civic duty.” Postponing jury service is preferred to excusing a prospective juror. Inconvenience to a prospective juror or employer is not an adequate reason to be excused from jury duty. Requests to be excused must be made in writing and supported with facts and/or appropriate documentation as outline below:

  • The prospective juror has no reasonably available means of public or private transportation.
  • The prospective juror has a personal obligation to provide actual and necessary care to another. Substitute care is not available or practical without imposing undue economic hardship on the prospective juror or person being cared for.
  • The prospective juror has a serious physical or mental condition and jury service would expose him/her to undue risk or physical or mental harm. NOTE: If the juror is under 70 years old, he/she must obtain a statement from a doctor that clearly states that the juror cannot serve jury duty for medical reasons. Doctor’s note must indicate the expected length of infirmity, or if permanent, must state so.
  • The prospective juror has served on a grand or trial jury within the preceding 12 months.
  • The prospective juror would suffer an extreme financial burden. In determining whether to excuse the prospective juror consideration will be given to the following:
    • The sources of the prospective juror’s household income;
    • The availability and extent of income reimbursement,
    • The expected length of service, and
    • Whether service can reasonably be expected to compromise that person’s ability to support himself or herself or his or her dependents, or so disrupt the economic stability of any individual as to be against the interests of justice.
Requests for excuse must be submitted in writing. To request an excuse, follow the instructions and complete the portion of your summons titled “Request for Disqualification or Excuse.” Once completed, detach and return the request by mail or hand carry it to the court. The jury office must receive requests at least five working days prior to your service. Otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled. You will be contacted if your request is denied.

Request for Postponement

Jury Service is not voluntary, but a civic duty imposed upon all citizens by statute (CCP 204). As a trial juror, you will become an officer of the Court. You will be performing an important and vital role in the efficient and fair administration of justice. That may mean rearranging schedules, cancelling appointments and missing work. Jury staff will be as flexible as possible when re-scheduling jurors for jury service.

If your summoned date is not convenient, you may request ONE postponement for a period of up to 90 days. (Students and teachers may be rescheduled to the next school break. Breastfeeding mothers may be postponed for a period of up to one year.)

To request a postponement, please either submit a written request for postponement by mail or hand carry the written request to the court, or call the Jury Coordinator at 530-621-6404 for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches or 530-573-3355 for the South Lake Tahoe Branch. You may also use the Automated Jury Program to request a postponement. The jury office must receive the request at least five court days prior to your service; otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled.

Special Assistance Requests

If you will need special arrangements when you report (e.g., assistive listening device, accessibility, sign language interpreter, etc.), please call 530-621-7469 for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches or 530-573-3078 for the South Lake Tahoe Branch at least five days prior to your service date. If you are requesting a sign language interpreter, it is possible that your service date will be rescheduled to the next available date for an interpreter. You will be notified of any changes.

Term of Service

The El Dorado Superior Court operates on a One Day/One Trial system. Jurors are instructed to call a recorded telephone message, or use the Automated Jury Program the court day before the date you are scheduled to appear, after 5:00p.m., for reporting instructions.

Once instructed to report to a courthouse, a juror may or may not be selected to serve as a juror in a trial court. The Jury Coordinator is required to have a sufficient number of jurors for all anticipated trials. The jury staff tries to carefully estimate the number of jurors needed but there are many variables outside their control, for example, a case may settle at the last moment.

If a prospective juror is selected to serve on a trial as a sworn juror, the term of service will be the length of that trial. Trials vary in length, but generally last one to three days.

What If I Don't Report for Jury Duty? (Failure to Appear)

Please be advised that ALL citizens are required by law to serve as jurors periodically unless there is legal cause for excuse or disqualification. The Court is obligated by law to enforce this obligation.

If you have received a lavender postcard in the mail you are required to reschedule a new service date to satisfy this obligation. Please reschedule a new appearance date as soon as possible or further action will be taken. You may also contact the Jury Coordinator at the West Slope at (530) 621-7469, or South Lake Tahoe at (530) 573-3078 to arrange for a new service date.

If you have received an Order to Show Cause in the mail, you have failed to appear for jury service and also failed to respond to our postcard. This document begins court proceedings against you for failing to participate in serving. Your appearance is mandatory at the hearing as stated in this document. You may not reschedule your service at this point, you must appear before the Judge at this hearing. The Court and its staff shall employ all necessary and appropriate means to ensure that all eligible citizens fulfill this important civic duty.

If you have been served personally an Order to Show Cause for Contempt by the Sheriff, you have failed to respond to all Court communication up to this point. If you do not appear as required it could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. There is also a potential fine of $2000.00 if you fail to appear at this hearing.

What Should I Wear?

Tank tops, shorts and bare feet are not permitted. The temperature of the jury assembly areas and courtrooms can be unpredictable. Jurors are encouraged to dress appropriately and accordingly as an officer of the court.

Can I Bring My Children With Me?

No. Do NOT bring your children with you when you report for jury duty. The court does not provide child supervision while you are on jury duty. You will need to make other arrangements for your child’s care while you are at the court for jury duty. Not appearing for jury duty because you cannot find appropriate childcare is NOT an excused absence.

Courthouse Contacts

Placerville Main Street Branch
(530) 621-7469

South Lake Tahoe Branch
(530) 573-3078

Phone for Jury Status

Placerville Main Street Branch
(530) 621-6404

South Lake Tahoe Branch
(530) 573-3355

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