Special Announcement

Posted August 26, 2020

Notice for Jury Duty

Beginning, September 2, 2020, if you are confirmed to appear for jury duty please report to the Lake County Fairgrounds, Phil Lewis Hall at 401 Martin Street, Lakeport, CA 95453. DO NOT REPORT TO THE COURTHOUSE.

Jury Service

Online Portal

Request a postponement or exemption, confirm your reporting status, request a work certificate and more:

Online Portal

Receive Jury Updates via Text!
Interactive SMS messaging allows you to check juror status, reschedule dates, request a reminder call/text, request a work certificate, and get directions. Simply text your six digit juror badge number to (707) 209-7095.

Important Juror Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Court continues to closely monitor the ongoing state of emergency related to COVID-19. The Court has implemented preventative measures necessary within its courthouse facilities in order to comply with the Lake County Health Officer’s guidance to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
TEMPORARY ALTERNATE SITE FOR JURY ASSEMBLY

Lake County Fairgrounds, Phil Lewis Hall
401 Martin St., Lakeport

*Please enter fairgrounds on Martin Street through gate to large grass lot and park where the carnival is held. See Parking Map

DO NOT REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE IF:

  • You have any symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.  Any individuals who appear to be ill, will be sent home. Reschedule appearance in the Online Portal.
  • You or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has. Reschedule appearance in the Online Portal.

IF YOU REPORT FOR JURY SERVICE, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

  • Wear a face covering. Face coverings are mandatory. Face coverings will be made available for your use if you don’t have one.
  • At all times, maintain a minimum of six (6) foot distance between yourself and others. The Court has arranged for the use of the Lake County Fairgrounds, Phil Lewis Hall, to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Wash hands often, and or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be made available for your use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

THE FOLLOWING CLEANING MEASURES ARE IN EFFECT:

  • A thorough nightly cleaning
  • Shared use items, such as microphones and chairs will be sprayed with a cleaning/disinfection solution before each new use.

CHANGES TO SECURITY SCREENING AT ALTERNATE SITE:

  • The alternate facility, Phil Lewis Hall, does not accommodate X-Ray screening. Security screening staff will use a metal detection wand and hand search all bags that enter the building.
  • Social distancing may cause longer lines and wait times.

Jury Duty Details

A new one-day/one trial jury system was implemented on January 1, 2000. Under this common-sense program, you need only appear (prepared to serve) for one day unless you are selected to serve on a jury. If you are selected, you serve for the duration of the trial.

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.

Each prospective juror, who appears as summoned, will receive compensation of $15 per day and 34 cents per mile, one way to the court, for each day of service, commencing on the second day of service.

Request for Exemption

Hardship Request Form can be downloaded here

All requests to be excused from jury service, because of undue hardship, shall be made in writing addressed to:

Krista D. LeVier
Jury Commissioner
255 North Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
Fax number 707-262-1327
Each request for exemption is determined on a case-by-case basis. You will need to call the Jury Office at 1-866-838-9172 to confirm whether or not you have been granted an exemption or a continuance.

Jury FAQs


The Jury Services Division is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for court holidays. The office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

Contact Us

Deputy Jury Commissioner:
707-262-3600