Juror Service 

What do I do when I am summoned as a juror? Please be careful to completely unfold and open the tri-fold jury summons. Read the group number, address, date and time you are to report for jury duty, they are written on the summons. Lassen County Superior Court has four different locations where you might be summoned to serve, please check the location carefully.

Please note: The summons is a tri-fold form and has three parts. It needs to be fully opened to see all the information. Please read all the information completely.

Do I have to report for jury service? Yes, it is an obligation of citizenship.

How did you get my name for jury duty? Lassen County Superior Court receives an annual notification from both the Lassen County Voter Registration list and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Can I reschedule my jury duty? Yes, but NOT on the day of appearance. All requests for postponement must be submitted no later than five (5) days from receipt of the summons. If you have health problems, a paid vacation or other personal commitments at the time you are initially called, you may request a one-time postponement. Generally, the Jury Commissioner can grant you a postponement up to 6 months.  Please contact the Jury Commissioner at (530) 251-8109 to request a postponement. 

How do I request a postponement? No later than five (5) days from receipt of the summons, mail the post card from your summons (Part II) with the reason for the request for a postponement. Prior to mailing the post card, you may also call the Jury Commissioner at (530) 251-8109 to request a postponement. If your postponement is not granted, you will be called and so notified.

Please note: The summons is a tri-fold form and has three parts. It needs to be fully opened to see all the information. Please read all the information completely.

How will I know if my postponement request was granted? If you request a postponement of your service and it is granted, you will not be called and you will be re-summoned for jury service at a later date. If your request is not granted, you will be called and so notified.

Who may be called to serve as a Juror? You may be called to serve if you are at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of the county. You must be able to understand English, be physically and mentally capable of serving, and have no felony convictions. You will be excused from jury service if you have proof that you served as a sworn juror during the past 24 months.

Do I get paid for jury duty? The first day of your jury service is unpaid. If you are summoned for more than one day, you are paid per diem and mileage for each day thereafter. The State Legislature sets the minimum per diem amount paid. Reimbursement for mileage is one-way from your home to the location where trial is being held.

How should I dress? We recommend business-casual attire. Flip flops, shorts, tank tops and clothing which is to revealing is not appropriate for the courtroom. The temperature in our courtrooms varies, we suggest jurors dress in layers and recommend that you bring a light jacket or sweater for your comfort. 

How long does an average trial last? Normally trials last from one (1) to three (3) days.

Can my employer prevent me from attending? No. Please see the section
Information for Employers.

Does my employer have to pay me when on Jury Duty? There is no law that compels your employer to pay.

Is Day Care provided?
There are no child care facilities at the court. Please do not bring children to the courthouse. We recommend you make other arrangements for Day Care. 

How often must I serve? In Lassen County, a person who is summoned, appears and serves as a sworn juror for a trial is excused from further jury service for 24 months. If you report for duty, go through jury selection and are excused and not sworn to serve on the jury, you will not be summoned for the remainder of the year. If a trial is cancelled prior to appearing for jury selection you will not be summoned for the remainder of the year.

What happens if I'm late? Please contact the Jury Commissioner's office at (530) 251-8109 as soon as you know that you are going to be late. The Jury Commissioner will make the determination whether you should show up or be summoned again at a later date.

What if I miss my report date or fail to appear? Contact the Jury Commissioner's Office immediately at (530) 251-8109. If you fail to appear the Court may order and issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are found in contempt, you may be punished by jail time, fine or both. 

Who do I contact if I need special accommodations?
Contact the Jury Commissioner’s office at (520) 251-8109 and let them know what type of assistance you will need. If they cannot reasonably accommodate you, you may be excused from jury service. Please contact the jury office as soon as you receive your summons if you require special accommodations.

What are the typical hours of service? You should plan on being present from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. In some instances, you may be summoned to appear beginning in the afternoon. The lunch break for jurors varies and jurors are given brief recesses throughout the day.

Can I be excused for medical, mental or physical disability reasons? A juror must provide a physician's verification note on a prescription pad or letterhead signed by a doctor. The note must state that the juror cannot serve on jury duty for medical reasons and should indicate the duration of the illness or problem. If the condition is permanent or long term, the physician must also include that information in the statement.

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Attention Prospective Jurors:


Jury trial scheduled for August 17th has been vacated.
Jury trial scheduled for August 20th has been vacated.
Your appearance is not required.


Please remember to bring the portion of your summons which the word “SUMMONS” is highlighted in red.  Please sign and date the form and it will be collected by the court clerk prior to jury selection.