Disqualifications and Excusals from Jury Service

       
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Disqualification:

Jury service, unless excused by law, is a responsibility of citizenship. People who are summoned to jury service can ONLY ask to be disqualified (CCP §203) if they:

  1. Are not citizens of the United States;
  2. Are less than 18 years of age;
  3. Are not residents of California, (Elections Code: Chapter 1, Division 2, Article 2, Section 2020);
  4. Are not residents of the jurisdiction that summons them to serve;
  5. Have been convicted of malfeasance in office or a felony, and whose civil rights have not been restored;
  6. Do not have sufficient knowledge of the English language;
  7. Are currently serving as grand or trial jurors in any court of this state; or
  8. Are the subject of conservatorship.
     

Ask to be disqualified from jury service online.

IMPORTANT! If you choose more than one reason for why you should be disqualified for jury service, your request will be denied.



Excusals:

Jury service, unless excused by law, is a responsibility of citizenship. People who are summoned to jury service can ONLY ask to be excused (CCP §203) if they:

  • Have no reasonably available means of public or private transportation to the court. To have your request considered, you must provide a detailed written explanation. For public transit information go to: transit.511.org 
  • Must travel an excessive distance (more than 1 and a half hours from the juror's home to the court.) To have your request considered, you must provide a detailed written explanation.
  • Will bear an extreme financial burden. To have your request considered, you must provide detailed written information about:
    • All sources of household income, including reimbursements they might get during jury service.
    • Information about whether jury service would compromise that person's ability to support himself or herself or his or her dependents, or so disrupt the economic stability of any individual as that it would be against the interests of justice.
  • Have a medical condition that would prevent their service. To have your request considered, you must send a detailed written explanation AND include recent letter from your health care provider to:

Contra Costa Jury Services
1020 Ward St., Room 1007
Martinez, CA 94553

Sample Letter for Excuse for Medical Reason 

  • They are the only one who can provide actual and necessary care for another. (This includes sick, aged, or infirm dependents, or a child who requires the juror's personal care and attention, without imposing an undue economic hardship.) To have your request considered, you must provide a detailed written explanation, including a recent letter from the health care provider, as appropriate.
  • They have served on a grand or jury trial within the past 12 months. To have your request considered, you must provide verification of that service from the court or county where you served.
     

Ask to be excused from jury service online.

IMPORTANT! If you choose more than one reason for why you should be excused from jury service, your request will be denied.



Accommodations for Disability 

No person will be deemed incompetent or ineligible to serve as a juror only because they have:

  • Lost sight or hearing in any degree;
  • Any other disability which makes it difficult to communicate; or,
  • Some disability which impairs or interferes with their mobility.

If you have a disability or require hearing assistance, you may request an accommodation by calling the phone number on your summons, or by using the:

Request for AccommodationMC-410 form (Fillable Version)

 


 

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