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CCP 191:
The legislature recognizes that trial by jury is a cherished constitutional right, and that jury service is an obligation of citizenship. It is the policy of the State of California that all persons selected for jury service shall be selected at random from the population of the area served by the court; that all qualified persons have an equal opportunity, in accordance with this chapter, to be considered for jury service as jurors when summoned for that purpose; and that it is the responsibility of jury commissioners to manage all jury systems in an efficient, equitable, and cost-effective manner, in accordance with this chapter.

CCP 209:
The maximum penalty for failure to respond to a summons and failure to appear for jury service as summoned is 5 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.

If your name is selected, it is selected from either the voter registration or the DMV file. If you are Summoned to Appear for jury service at the Courthouse, the date and time period are on the front of your Summons. Jury service is a civic duty imposed upon citizens by statute (CC§ 204). As a trial juror, you will perform an important and vital role in the administration of justice.

Recorded Message:
If you have been selected for jury duty, the night before you are to appear, call (209) 966-5603 and listen to the recording. The recorded message will confirm the date, time and place of appearance or it will tell you if your service is cancelled. If your service is cancelled, you do not have to appear. The mesage stays on all night; call back if the line is busy.

Juror Eligibility & Qualification:
All U.S. citizens who are age 18 or over, a resident of Mariposa County or who are a domiciliary of California, who are able to understand the English language, who have not been convicted of a felony or malfeasance or who have had his or her civil rights restored, who are not serving as grand or trial juror in any court in California, and who are not subject of conservatorship are eligible to serve on a jury.

If you need special accommodations (such as asistance with a wheelchair, hearing amplification, special seating), call (209) 966-2005 and let us know what type of assistance you will need. If we cannot reasonably accomodate you, you may be excused from jury service.

As per (Labor code § 230), you must allow employees time off to serve on a jury. You cannot fire or harass an employee who is summoned for jury duty and gives you a reasonable notice of his or her service. Notice is generally considered reasonable if it is given as soon as possible once the employee has been summoned. The California Education Code (§§ 44037 and 87036) protects teachers, other school employees, and students as well.

As a juror, you play an essential role in the American system of jusice.

You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. You need to keep an open mind and be willing to make decisions free of personal feelings and biases. As a juror, you listen to opening statements and closing arguments for both sides. You will also learn about and weigh the evidence that has been collected for the trial. Then you will be asked to make a decision about the case after you have talked it over with the other jurors during deliberations. You are important to our jury system! Without you, the jury system cannot work the way the authors of the Constitution wanted. Yet, jury service means rearranging schedules, canceling appointments, and sometimes missing work. But if you were on trial, wouldn't you want someone like you to make the sacrafices necessary to be a part of your jury? Your public service as a juror protects our right to have a trial by an impartial jury.

Warning to the Public Regarding Identity Theft

The Mariposa County Superior Court has become aware of a telephone scam by identity thieves targeting members of the public. The caller claiming to be a court employee needing financial information such as credit card and bank information or personal information like a Social Security Number.

Court and jury employees will never ask past or prospective jurors for financial details, credit card numbers, bank account or personal information like Social Security Numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the courts.

If you receive a telephone call, email or other form of electronic communication from someone identifying himself or herself as a court employee and requesting your personal information, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 966-3615 and Jury Services at 966-2005.

Additional Jury Scam Alert information is available on the California Courts Web site.



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