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Jury Service
 
Please Note:  The Jury Services Department will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


The following group numbers are scheduled to report on Monday, November 3, 2014 -

Ventura Courthouse
Click here for directions

Group Numbers:  1 through 1
are to report at 8:00 a.m. to Room 113 in
the Ventura Hall of Justice.



**  NEW PHONE NUMBER 805-289-8661  **

Jury service is one jury trial or one day of service. If you are not assigned to a courtroom at the end of your first day of appearance, you will have completed your jury service for one year. If you are assigned to a courtroom, once the trial has concluded and you have been excused, your jury service will be completed for one year.

Hours of jury duty:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check-in time is 8:00 a.m. Plan to be here until 5:00 p.m.

Public walk-in window hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For Reporting Instructions:  Call (805) 289-8661, 24 hours a day. Have your BADGE number available. Badge number is located on your summons. You may check on your status, postpone, and get information through our interactive voice response system.

Web Response:  Click on “Respond Online” button below.

Speak with a clerk:  Call (805) 289-8661 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Email address:  Jury Services email address is jury-service@ventura.courts.ca.gov

On-call Instructions:
If you do not schedule a specific day and wish to remain on call for your scheduled week, check this page or call our main number (805) 289-8661 after 4:00 p.m. beginning the Friday before your scheduled week to determine if your group has been called in.

Continue to call each business day after 4:00 p.m. until your group number is called or the week has ended. If your group is called in, please report at 8:00 a.m. on the next business day. Bring your summons or postcard with you. If your group number is not called by the end of your summons week, you have completed your service for one year.


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Jury Services Office

Mailing Address -

Ventura Superior Court
Jury Services Department
Room 113, Hall of Justice
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009-0113

(805) 289-8661
email: jury-service@ventura.courts.ca.gov

Jury Commissioner and CEO
Michael D. Planet

General Information on the Day of Appearance

Hours:  Report to Jury Services at 8:00 a.m. at the Ventura Superior Court, Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Rm. 113, Ventura, CA 93009.
You must be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the day you report for jury duty. Due to the nature of jury service and the court process itself, there are often periods of waiting. We suggest you bring a book or other material to occupy your time. Our jury assembly rooms are equipped with TV, magazines and Wi-Fi.

Breaks:  You will have a morning and afternoon break and a lunch hour. There is a cafeteria located at the Hall of Justice and restaurants within walking distance of the Government Center. For your convenience, there are also ATM machines on premises.

Dress:  Business attire is suggested. Jurors are advised to dress in layers as the temperature of the jury assembly areas and courtrooms may fluctuate.

Parking:  Free parking is available at all Court facilities. DO NOT park in spaces reserved for handicapped or carpool or in spaces with limited time (violators will be ticketed). Make a note of where you parked your car. Parking location signs are located on each light standard.

Security Screening:  When entering the court facility you will be screened through a security device. Do not bring any knives, scissors, handwork needles, metal fingernail files, tools, wallet chains, handcuff keys, or any items that may possibly be used as a weapon. Items considered weapons will be confiscated upon entering. We do not have the facilities to store these items until the end of the day. Please do not bring them.

Qualifications and Excusal from Jury Service

Qualifications:  California law says you are qualified to be a juror if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Can understand English enough to understand and discuss the case
  • Are a resident of the county that sent you the jury summons
  • Have not served on a jury in the last 12 months
  • Are not currently on a grand jury or on another trial jury
  • Are not under a conservatorship
  • Have had your civil rights restored if you were convicted of a felony or malfeasance while holding public office

No one is exempt because of his or her job, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or economic status.

If you are qualified, please follow the directions on your summons and call in or report as instructed. You will receive additional information when you report for service.

Even if you are qualified to be a juror, you might still have what is called an "undue hardship." An undue hardship is a difficult situation that prevents you from being able to serve.

Excuse requests:  Requests to be excused must be submitted in writing. Please complete your summons by marking the appropriate box or write a letter and include your badge number, then sign and date the summons or letter before mailing it to Jury Services.

Health:  If you have a medical condition, you may postpone your service. If you need to be excused from service due to the medical condition, you must provide Jury Services with a doctor’s note stating you are excused from jury service due to the medical condition if you are under 70 years of age. Jurors 70 years of age and over are not required to submit a doctor’s note.

Follow the directions on the summons for postponement or excuse. A postcard will be sent to confirm if your request is granted or denied.

If you need special accommodations, please contact Jury Services right away.

Postponement of Jury Service

Postponement:  Your service may be postponed to a future date within 90 days. To request a postponement you may call (805) 289-8661 at any time. Enter your badge number and you may choose an available date. You may also request a postponement by clicking the button below “RESPOND ONLINE.” Or mail in your summons with the date requested. Please sign and date the summons before mailing. You will receive a postcard confirming or denying your request.

Students:  Based on student status, students may request a postponement of service to the next school break.

Questions:  To speak with a clerk, call (805) 289-8661 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

You may also contact Jury Services via e-mail at jury-service@ventura.courts.ca.gov. When e-mailing the Jury Services Department, please include your full name as it appears on your summons, your badge number which is located on your summons, the report date and group number. Every effort will be made to respond to e-mails in a timely manner.

Notice to Employer - Right to time off

Section 230(a) of the Labor Code reads: No employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for taking time off to serve as required by law on an inquest or trial jury, if such employee prior to taking such time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer that he is required to serve.

Employers are not required by law to compensate employees with their regular wages while on jury duty. Many employers do have jury benefits and will continue wages while serving.

Juror Fees

No fees or mileage are paid for the first day of service.

$15 per day and 34¢ per mile, one way from the juror’s home to the courthouse are paid for second and additional days of service. Jurors employed by government agencies or districts receive regular salary during service, therefore no juror fees are paid to those jurors pursuant to provisions of the law.

Jurors serving their second and additional days of jury service can expect to receive their warrant of payment within 6 weeks of completing service. If you do not receive your juror fees in that time, please call our office and speak with the payroll clerk. Call (805) 289-8661 between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations, please call our office (805) 289-8661. If you are hearing impaired and have requested a Sign Language Interpreter, you will be notified of the arrangement by mail. The Jury Telecommunications Device for the Deaf or TDD line is (805) 654-2922.

Grand Jury

For information about the Grand Jury, please visit the Ventura County Grand Jury web page.


For frequently asked questions about Jury Service, visit our FAQs page.

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