Los Angeles Superior Court has a “One Trial” term of service. This means that you are placed on call for no more than five days and can be asked to report for jury service on one of those days. If you are asked to report, and are not assigned to a courtroom for jury selection by the end of that day, your service is completed. However, if you are assigned to a courtroom for jury selection, you will be required to serve until you are excused by the Court or selected as a juror and the case you are selected on is completed.
The following information will help you understand how the term of service works in Los Angeles County, including information that will be useful in completing your jury summons form.
IF YOU SERVE: You have been randomly selected by computer to serve as a trial juror at the courthouse to which you have been summoned. The law requires a fair cross-section of each county’s qualified residents to be available each day for jury duty. Thus, some jurors will not necessarily serve at courts nearest to their homes. Random summoning enhances juror impartiality. There is no attempt to deliberately inconvenience anyone. Jury duty is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share. Only active duty peace officers, as described in PC 830.1, 830.2(a) are exempt from jury duty. Reserve Peace Officers appointed under Penal Code 830.33(a) are not exempt from serving, but are limited to serving on civil matters only.
The One Trial term of service is offered at all courts in Los Angeles County. Under this term you are required to do the following:
- Complete Section A of the jury summons.
- Register yourself for service by calling 1-800-778-5879 (SRV-JURY) within five (5) days of receiving your summons. You may also register online by selecting “My Jury duty Portal” in the left-side menu options.
- Telephone 1-800-778-5879, as instructed on the summons, or by selecting “My Jury Duty Portal” in the left-side menu options to receive instructions on when to report for jury service during a five (5) day period.
- If you are not required to report during this period, your jury service is complete for 12 months.
- If you are asked to report and not assigned to a case on the day you report, your term of service will be concluded at the end of the business day. However, if you are assigned to a courtroom for jury selection that is not completed by the end of that day, you will be required to return to finish the selection process.
- If you are selected to serve on a trial, your term of service will be the length of that trial. Most trials last from five to seven days.
- When you have been chosen for an actual trial or as an alternate juror, your service obligation will be fulfilled upon the conclusion of deliberations, regardless of whether or not a verdict has been reached.