Jury Service


CHECK YOUR GROUP NUMBER REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Business Hours: STOCKTON: Located at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Basement Level, Stockton, CA 95202. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (extended hours based on courtroom need)

LODI:  Located at 315 W. Elm Street, Lodi, CA 95240

Phone: (209) 992-5500 or (800) 479-2456 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(209) 992-5653 fax
Mailing Address: Jury Room, P.O. Box 201022, Stockton, CA 95201

The right to a trial by jury is the privilege of every person in the United States, whether citizen or not. This cherished right is guaranteed by both the United States and California Constitutions.

You have been summoned to render an important service as a juror. You have enjoyed the privileges of citizenship and the protection of your liberties and property through our system of self-government. Now, for a short time, you will serve as a juror, an officer of the court, along with the lawyers and the judges. As a juror, you are an important member of the judicial system of San Joaquin County and California.

 

ALERT: JURY TELEPHONE SCAM TARGETING THE PUBLIC

San Joaquin Superior Court has become aware of telephone scams targeting members of the public.

They call, claiming to be a law enforcement official and say that you have a warrant out for your arrest due to failing to appear for jury service. They request money from you to have the warrant cleared and state that if you do not pay you will be arrested. Law enforcement and Court employees will NEVER call to ask you for money or to provide financial or personal information.

Please do not provide this type of information to anyone. If you receive a telephone call similar to scenario described above, please hang up the phone and call your local police department.

Phone in Procedure
In order to minimize the number of jurors who must appear in person and avoid unnecessary inconvenience to you, the telephone standby system or call-in process is used, which means a juror is instructed to telephone the court to find out whether he or she will be required to be ready and available to attend court on the next day or subsequent business day. If, upon calling, a juror’s service is canceled by telephone, he/she has completed jury service for that year and could be summoned in the next calendar year.
PLEASE CALL (209) 992-5500 or (800) 479-2456 FOR YOUR REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS OR CLICK HERE TO VIEW YOUR REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS BY YOUR GROUP NUMBER.
Juror Text Notifications
In addition to checking the court’s website or calling the juror phone system for reporting instructions, you can now subscribe to receive juror reporting information via texts from the Court. The Juror Text Notification System is designed to remind you of your upcoming jury service and to advise you of what group numbers are required to report, have been cancelled, and are still on “standby.” We suggest that jurors subscribe to receive texts as soon as they get their summons and choose the date of the Friday before their “standby” service week begins as the date the text messages should start.
TO SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE JUROR TEXT NOTIFICATIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Jury Room Location and Hours

Notice: Pedestrian Access and Entrance Change for Stockton Courthouse

Beginning Monday, December 23, 2013, jurors must enter the Stockton Courthouse (located at 222 E. Weber Avenue) on the east side (San Joaquin Street side) of the building. The entrance on the west side of the courthouse will be closed due to construction of the new Stockton Courthouse. Additionally, pedestrian access to the courthouse has been rerouted. Please read this PUBLIC NOTICE to view a map of the detour.
The Jury Assembly Room is located in the basement of the San Joaquin County Courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, California. Assembly Room hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise informed by court personnel.

The courthouse is a non-smoking environment. Restrooms are adjacent to the jury assembly room and a pay phone is located on the first floor of the courthouse near security entrance screening.

Juror Parking, Map, & Validation

STOCKTON COURT JURORS

CLICK HERE FOR STOCKTON JUROR PARKING MAP
As a juror, you may park free only in the designated parking structure designated for juror parking, but are not required to do so. The parking garage is located at 15 N. El Dorado Street, one block west of the Courthouse, just south of Weber Avenue, between Center Street and El Dorado Street. There are entrances on both Center Street and El Dorado Street.
Upon entering, you must take a parking garage ticket. PLEASE BRING YOUR PARKING GARAGE TICKET WITH YOU TO THE JURY ROOM FOR VALIDATION. Any lost tickets may result in a $40.00 charge by the City of Stockton. San Joaquin County Superior Court and the City of Stockton are not responsible for loss by fire, theft, vandalism or other causes.Designated handicapped parking spaces are available adjacent to the Courthouse on Weber, San Joaquin and Main Streets, as well as the Essential Services Building.

If you require other disability related parking accommodations, please telephone the jury staff at (209) 992-5500 and advise them of your need.

 

LODI BRANCH COURT JURORS

For jurors reporting at the Lodi Branch Court free parking is available surrounding each court building. Please place the parking pass attached to your summons on the dash of your car.

Juror Forms, Reference Guide, & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
JUROR INFORMATION FORM— If you have lost your summons, please be sure to complete this form and bring it with you when you check-in for jury service.JUROR REFERENCE GUIDE— This reference guide outlines information that will be shared during juror orientation. Reading this reference guide prior to coming to court will make your better prepared for your jury service.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) About Jury Service

Dress Code and Courthouse Security
DRESS CODE: Proper dress attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed. No bare midriffs. T-Shirts with inappropriate messages or images cannot be worn in the courtrooms.
COURTHOUSE SECURITY: When you enter the courthouse, you will go through a metal detector. Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, etc., will be x-rayed. Any item that Security deems as hazardous, or as a weapon, will not be permitted in to the building. You may be asked to leave the courthouse and return without the items, or they will be confiscated. Below is a partial list of banned items:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Air guns, pistols, rifles, any firearm (including toy replicas)
  • Knives (any size)
  • Mace, pepper spray, chemical defense spray or dog spray
  • Tools
  • Nails, large screws, assorted building materials
  • Scissors
  • Metal nail files
  • Any weapon (swords, brass knuckles, stars, batons, etc.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Handcuffs, thumb cuffs, cutting restraints
  • Handcuff keys – unless person is law enforcement
  • Skateboards – will hold at the x-ray machine
  • Pointed metal spikes on clothing or jewelry over 1/2″ in length
  • Explosives, fireworks, or ammunition (including dummy ammo)
  • Tasers, stun guns or electrical defense weapons
  • Felt markers
  • Paint or spray paint
  • Flammable liquids, starting fluid, fix a flat, etc.
  • Knitting needles metal or wood
  • Silverware (forks, butter knives, etc.)
Term of Service
San Joaquin County courts operate under the “one day, one trial” system.”One day” means a day on which the juror attended court but was not placed on a jury or assigned to a trial department before the end of that day. If you are excused at the end of the day, your service is completed and you are exempt from further service for the remainder of that year and the entire following calendar year.

“One trial” means a trial from the time the juror is assigned to the trial department for the selection of the jury until the juror is excused, regardless of the length of the trial or jury selection. If you are selected as a juror, or excused by the judge or lawyers during the proceedings, your service is completed and you are exempt from further service for the remainder of that year and the entire following calendar year.

Postponement or Excuse from Service
If you are requesting disqualification, exemption, excuse from or postponement of your jury service, please complete and return the juror information form to the Jury Commissioner within five (5) days of receipt of summons. Your signature is required.If you are not available on the date scheduled, you may request ONE postponement of your service. Select a week within the next 90 days and enter it onto the postponement section of the juror information form and return it to the court. Students may request postponement of jury service to the next school break or to a day when they may not have classes. Jury services staff do not have the authority to excuse you simply because your employer does not compensate you for jury service but this may be considered by the judge. Hardship on your employer or because you are the sole proprietor of a business does not excuse you from jury duty. You may, however, request that your service be postponed to a more convenient time for these reasons.

On-line options: Short term and long term postponements can be requested using the court’s on-line service at https://juryweb.sjcourts.org.

Employers are not required by law to pay their employees regular salary when on jury duty. It is advisable to check with your employer as to your company’s policy.

Attendance and Assignments
First day jurors are to report directly to the Jury Assembly Room with their completed juror information form to await instructions and assignments to courtrooms. Jurors are assigned at random to various courtrooms throughout the day. Please listen carefully when we announce assignments. Once in the courtroom, the judge will advise you of the particulars of the case, including whether it is a civil or criminal case and how long the trial is estimated to last. Shorts and tank tops are not allowed in the courtroom.
Returning from Court
Once you have been dismissed from a courtroom, and have been instructed to return to the Jury Assembly Room, you must check in and advise the jury staff that you have been released by the courtroom, and they will provide further instructions and supply you with a certification of jury service if needed for your employer.
Lunch / Breaks
Jurors have at least an hour for lunch. There are several eating establishments within easy walking distance and jurors may also bring their lunches. Breaks are announced throughout the day. There is a coffee shop located next door to the jury room in the basement of the courthouse. Several vending machines are located in the coffee shop. Guides to downtown restaurants are available in the Jury Assembly Room.
Juror Compensation
All persons serving more than one day are paid fees and mileage reimbursement beginning on the second day of service. Jurors receiving compensation will be paid $15.00 per day and 34 cents per mile, one-way. Mileage reimbursement is automatically calculated from zip code you live in to zip code of the courthouse.