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Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can serve as a juror?
All persons are eligible and qualified to be jurors, with the following exceptions:
- Less than 18 years of age
- Not a citizen of the United States
- Does not possess sufficient knowledge of the English language
- Not a resident of Napa County
- Convicted of malfeasance in office or a felony, and whose civil rights have not been restored
- Currently serving as grand or trial jurors in any court of this state
- Persons who are the subject of conservatorship
- Active peace officers (this does not apply to Correctional Officers)
- Under 70 with a medical issue. A doctor must provide a note as to the duration of the issue or problem.
- Persons over 70 with a medical issue
- I've received a summons - when do I have to report?
If you have received a jury summons it will indicate the day and time that you are required to appear. However, it is best to check your Online Jury Status or call 707-299-1150 to verify if your appearance is required. You may be eligible for a postponement if necessary. The best time to verify if you are required to serve is to call after 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before your appearance date as the information will not change after that time.
- How do I request a postponement to a different date?
If you are not able to appear on your scheduled date, you may request a postponement of your service online using our Online Jury System or call 707-299-1150 to speak to Jury staff. Requests for postponement must be made 3 business days in advance of your scheduled service date.
- I'm required to serve - what happens next?
Once you are required to appear for jury service, you should plan for the possibility of needing to be available for the entire week. If selected as a juror, you will serve to the end of the jury trial. Automated appearance information is available after 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before your appearance date using the Online Jury System or by calling (707) 299-1150. Specific instructions will be provided about your jury service including when to call back for further instructions.
- Will I be paid for Jury service?
Jurors do not receive any compensation, including mileage, for the first day of service. However for eligible recipients, after the first day fees will be paid at the rate of $15.00 per day and .34 cents per mile one way from your residence to the courthouse.
- Who can be Excused or Disqualified from Jury service?
A juror MAY be excused if any of the following applies:
- Under 70 and have a disability that would prevent them from serving. A doctor’s note must be provided indicating the permanent nature of the disability or the specific time period for which the medical excuse applies.
- Providing Care to a Family Member.
- An active police officer
- Serving in the military
- Over 70 with medical issues that prevent service (no doctor excuse needed)
Inconvenience to a prospective juror or an employer is not a legal reason to be excused from jury service, however you may request a postponement for this reason. If you meet the excusal or disqualification criteria, requests must be made within 5 days from receipt of your summons by completing and returning the Juror Affidavit Questionnaire attached to the summons.
- What if I fail to appear?
All citizens are required by law to periodically serve as jurors unless they have a legal excuse, and the court is required to enforce this obligation. You will need to choose an alternate date by accessing our Self-Service Jury System, speaking to jury personnel by calling (707) 299-1150, or by completing the Jury Response Card and mailing it to the court.
Final Summons If you have received a final summons, you have failed to appear for jury service on two separate occasions. The Court and its staff shall employ all necessary and appropriate means to ensure that all eligible citizens fulfill this important civic duty. Please contact jury personnel at (707) 299-1150 to arrange for a date to complete your jury service. Order to Show Cause
If you have had a letter served to you by the Sheriff's office, this is the document that begins contempt proceedings. Once served with the Order to Show Cause, failure to appear as required could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.
You may avoid a visit from the sheriff and the $2000 fine by contacting jury personnel at (707) 299-1150 to arrange for a date to complete your jury service.
- Where do I park for Jury service?
On your summons is a Parking Voucher that allows all day parking for the week of service in 2 or 3 hour spaces in open lots or on any city street. Place your parking voucher on the dash of your car. Parking citations resulting from improper parking are the responsibility of the juror.
Parking is available in three downtown garages:
- Pearl St. Garage - Any level
- Clay St. Garage - Any level
- Fifth St. Garage - Second and fourth levels only
Note: No juror parking is allowed in the Second Street garage.
The parking voucher does not include the use of:
- Reserved or "Permit Parking Only" spaces
- 15 or 24 minute zones
- Handicapped zones
- The library parking lot
- The jail parking lot next to the Hall of Justice