April 16, 2014
About the Jury Process

JURY SELECTION PROCESS

The legislature recognizes that trial by jury is a cherished constitutional right, and that jury service is an obligation of citizenship. All persons selected for jury service shall be selected at random, from a source or sources inclusive of a representative cross section of the population of the area served by the court.

HOW DID I GET SELECTED?

The list of registered voters and the Department of Motor Vehicles' list of licensed drivers and identification cardholder's, are appropriate source lists for selection of jurors. These two lists, when substantially purged of duplicate names, shall be considered inclusive of a representative cross section of the population. The jury commissioner shall not disclose the information furnished by the Department of Motor Vehicles or list of registered voters, to any person, organization, or agency.

Because we pull from DMV and the list of registered voters, if you are known by more than one name the system will count you as two different people. For instance, at the DMV, if your license reads “John Andrew Smith” and with voters registration you register as “John A. Smith” the system will think you are two different people.

Additionally, the same will occur if you have two different addresses at DMV and voters registration: for instance if you have a PO Box and a street address.

To correct this duplication: Please contact DMV or Voters Registration. Voters Registration’s phone number is 650-312-5222. You will need to make an appointment to change your name at DMV, click here for a list of DMV offices.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE?

All persons are eligible and qualified to be prospective trials 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 San Mateo 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 are not automatically exempted from jury duty. The judiciary will make the decision to either grant or deny this exemption. No person shall be deemed incompetent solely because of the loss of sight, hearing or other disability.
  • Persons serving as grand or trial jurors in any court of this state.
  • Persons who are the subject of conservatorship.
  • Persons who are peace officers as defined in Penal Code §830.1 or §830.2(a).

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. Eligibility Period: If qualified, your period of eligibility will be for the appearance date listed on your summons (possibly including a second day) or the duration of one trial, if selected.

JUROR COMPENSATION.

In accordance with California Civil Procedures, Section 215, jurors appearing for more than one day will receive $15.00 per day and mileage compensation at a rate of 34 cents per mile. Mileage is based on one way only from your city of residence to the specific court location. Payment begins on the second day.

VERIFICATION OF SERVICE.

Certification of your appearance for jury duty is required by some employers and will be furnished to you by a jury clerk if requested.

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