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Jury Duty Details
When a juror receives a summons card and feels that he/she should be excused, the following are excuses allowable by the Jury Commissioner's Office:
- Medical/dental appointment;
- Out of County on date summoned;
- Death of juror or family member;
- Illness (medical verification needed from physician);
- Family emergency.
request for exemptionAll requests to be excused from jury service, because of undue hardship, shall be made in writing addressed to:
Krista D. LeVier
255 North Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 94543
Fax number 707-262-1327
Each request for exemption is determined on a case-by-case basis, but generally, if the excuse does not fit into one of the above categories, then the prospective juror is required to appear as summoned and request that the court excuse him/her from service as a juror.
The Jury Services Division is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., except for court holidays.
The Lakeport courthouse is located at 255 North Forbes Street.
Directions: From Main Street, turn East onto 2nd Street and go one block to Forbes. The courthouse is located on the corner of 2nd and Forbes.
The Clear Lake courthouse is located at 7000A South Center Drive in the South Civic Center.
Directions: From Highway 53, turn East onto Dam Road. Turn left onto Dam Road Extension. Turn left again onto South Center Drive and proceed to the courthouse at 7000A.
When you appear for jury service, please remember to dress respectfully. Tank tops, shorts and bare feet are not permitted. Because the temperature of the jury assembly areas and courtrooms can be unpredictable, jurors are encouraged to dress in layers.
Juror Fees: You will be paid fifteen dollars per day and $0.34 per mile one-way, unless waived, for the second and subsequent days of service whether you are serving on a case or available to be assigned to a case. No juror will be paid a per diem for their first day of service, including sworn jurors who sit on a one-day trial. It will generally take three weeks after the conclusion of your service to receive your check.
ADA: If you require some accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call 866-838-9172 during business hours and ask to speak to with a clerk.
Every resident who is qualified to serve and who does not have a legal hardship or excuse must appear for jury service when summoned. Willful failure to appear is contempt of Court, and can be punished by fine of up to $1,000.00 and/or five days in the county jail.
If you didn’t appear on the date on your summons, you may request a postponement with this automated system by clicking on the "Online Status" button at the top of this page or by calling the Jury Division during business hours at 866-838-9172.