Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Our Mission

To preserve and enhance the rule of law in El Dorado County by providing all persons a fair, efficient, and accessible forum for resolving disputes, protecting public safety, and righting wrongs.

Jury Services

With our Automated Jury System, you can:

  • Check Juror Status
  • Postpone Jury Service
  • Update Juror Info

All on-line without having to call the Court. You just need the Juror Badge# printed on your Jury Summons.

Go to the Automated Jury Program now.

Please be aware

Jury staff of the superior court does not ask past or prospective jurors for financial information such as credit card, and bank account information or personal information like Social Security Numbers. Please do not provide this type of information to anyone claiming to be associated with the courts. Please contact your local jury office if you receive this type of request.

The right to a trial by jury is the privilege of every person in the United States, whether that person is a citizen or not. This cherished right is guaranteed by both the U.S. and California Constitutions. Jury trials cannot be held unless people – citizens of the state in which the trial is held – are willing to perform their civic duties. Jurors are essential to the administration of justice.

Are You Late?

Contact the Jury Commissioner's office as soon as you know you are going to be late, for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches call 530-621-7469, for the South Lake Tahoe Branch call 530-573-3078. If you appear late, you may be rescheduled to a new date.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers cannot discriminate against employees serving on jury duty. Employers must allow employees time off to serve on a jury. The California Labor Code, section 230, prohibits any employer from firing or harassing an employee who is summoned to court for jury service as long as reasonable notice is given. The California Education Code, sections 44037 and 87036 protect teachers and students as well. Employers can also be prosecuted criminally and face a misdemeanor charge if found guilty.

How do I get to the courthouse and where do I park?

Addresses and maps to each courthouse are provided with your summons. There are parking lots at each court location, except for the Placerville Main Street Branch.

Cameron Park parking options: Limited parking is available at the Cameron Park Court. Additional parking is available along Meder Road. When parking along Meder Road or any other street in the surrounding neighborhood, be sure your vehicle is legally parked and not blocking or interfering with the roadway.

Main Street parking options: Free parking is available at the Placerville Station II parking facility located at 2980 Mosquito Road. Bus service from the Placerville Station II parking facility is provided; however, please Review the El Dorado Transit Placerville East/West/Express for their run times.

You must have your summons with you in order to receive the free bus services Regulated fee parking is available at the downtown parking garage and lots as indicated on the map, at your own expense. Pay stations at the regulated fee parking lots accept cash and credit cards. Parking tickets are the responsibility of the juror; the Court cannot waive these tickets.

Directions to Main Street Juror Parking

From Sacramento:

  • Highway 50 East to Placerville.
  • Go through three stoplights in Placerville, take the Broadway exit (exit 47), immediately turn RIGHT (west) onto Broadway. At stop sign, turn right.
  • Go under highway and turn left at SECOND LEFT, onto MOSQUITO ROAD (.3 miles).
  • The second LEFT is the Placerville Station II parking facility.

From South Lake Tahoe:

    • Highway 50 west to Placerville.
    • Take the Main Street/Mosquito Road (north) exit (exit 47), immediately turn RIGHT onto Mosquito Road (.2 miles)
    • The second LEFT is the Placerville Station II parking facility.

View Map of Court Locations

Security

You will be required to go through a security check point and metal detector. Any item that may be considered to cause personal harm will be confiscated by Security Personnel and will not be returned.

How Jurors Are Summoned

The selection and management of jurors is governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure. Jurors' names are selected at random from lists of registered voters and persons who have valid California drivers' licenses or identification cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The two lists are combined to create one Master Jury List. The summonses are mailed approximately three weeks prior to the service date. The summons contains information and instructions on how to have jury service postponed; how to request to be excused for service; or how to notify the Court of disqualification from jury service.

If you have been summoned for jury duty, read the summons carefully and follow its instructions as it contains important information along with the name and address of the Court and the date of your jury service.

Pay Policy

State law does not currently require employers to continue paying the salary of employees while they are serving as jurors. However, many employers including state, federal, and local government agencies, have a policy which compensates employees for at least part, if not all the time spent for jury service. Before coming to court, the juror should talk with his or her employer.

Prospective jurors are paid the amount mandated by the State Legislature, $15.00 per day for the second and subsequent day(s) of service. "Service" is defined as physically reporting to the courthouse. The mileage reimbursement is .34 cents per mile one-way from your home to the courthouse, beginning with the second day. Checks are processed on a weekly basis. Jurors may receive more than one check for jury service.

Payroll checks are not forwarded b the Post Office. Therefore, it is important that the jury office has the correct name and address of each of its serving jurors in order to make sure the jurors receive their checks timely.

Proof of Attendance

Work certificates are provided upon completion of your service.

Request for Disqualification

Qualifications for jury service are established by California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 203, and are outlined below. If you find that you are not qualified to serve, please complete the portion of your summons titled "Request for Disqualification or Excuse." Once completed, detach and return the Request by mail or hand carry it to the Jury Commissioner's office. Requests must be received by the jury office at least three working days prior to your service. Otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled.

You Must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of El Dorado County
  • Have sufficient understanding of the English language
  • Have had your rights reinstated if convicted of a felony or malfeasance

You Must NOT:

  • Be currently serving as a Grand Juror
  • Be under Court appointed conservatorship
  • Have been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office
  • Peace Officer pursuant to 830.1 or 830.2(a) of the Penal Code, excluding correctional officers.

Request for Excuse

California Rule of Court, Rule 2.1008, specifies the grounds on which the Jury Commissioner's Office is allowed to excuse jurors from jury service. It states, "Jury service, unless excused by law, is a responsibility of citizenship. The Court and its staff shall employ all necessary and appropriate means to ensure that citizens fulfill this important and civic duty." Postponing jury service is preferred to excusing a prospective juror. Inconvenience to a prospective juror or employer is not an adequate reason to be excused from jury duty. Requests to be excused must be made in writing and supported with facts and/or appropriate documentation as outlined below.

In order to be excused, jury service must represent an undue hardship as outlined below.

  • The prospective juror has no reasonably available means of public or private transportation.
  • The prospective juror has a personal obligation to provide actual and necessary care to another. Substitute care is not available or practical with out imposing undue economic hardship on the prospective juror or person being cared for.
  • The prospective juror has a serious physical or mental condition and jury service would expose him/her to undue risk of physical or mental harm. NOTE: IF THE JUROR IS UNDER 70 YEARS OLD, HE/SHE MUST OBTAIN A STATEMENT FROM A DOCTOR THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT THE JUROR CANNOT SERVE JURY DUTY FOR MEDICAL REASONS.  DOCTOR'S NOTE MUST INDICATE THE EXPECTED LENGTH OF INFIRMITY, OR IF PERMANENT, MUST STATE SO.
  • The prospective juror has served on a grand or trial jury within the preceding 12 months.
  • The prospective juror would suffer an extreme financial burden. In determining whether to excuse the prospective juror consideration will be given to the following:
  • The sources of the prospective juror's household income,
  • The availability and extent of income reimbursement,
  • The expected length of service, and
  • Whether service can reasonably be expected to 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 to be again t the interests of justice.

Requests for excuse must be submitted in writing. To request an excuse, follow the instructions and complete the portion of your summons titled "Request for Disqualification or Excuse". Once completed, detach and return the request by mail or hand carry it to the court. The jury office must receive requests at least five working days prior to your service. Otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled.  You will be contacted if your request is denied.

Request for Postponement

Jury Service is not voluntary, but a civic duty imposed upon all citizens by statute (CCP 204). As a trial juror, you will become an officer of the Court. You will be performing an important and vital role in the efficient and fair administration of justice. That may mean rearranging schedules, canceling appointments and missing work. Jury staff will be as flexible as possible when re-scheduling jurors for jury service.

If your summoned date is not convenient, you may request ONE postponement for a period of up to 90 days. (Students & Teachers may be rescheduled to the next school break. Breastfeeding mothers may be postponed for a period of up to one year.)

To request a postponement, please either submit a written request for postponement by mail or hand carry the written request to the court, or call the Telephonic Jury System at 530-621-6404 for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches or 530-573-3355 for the South Lake Tahoe Branch.  You may also use our Automated Jury Program to request a postponement.  The jury office must receive the request at least five court days prior to your service; otherwise, you are expected to be available as scheduled.

Special Assistance Requests

If you will need special arrangements when you report (e.g., assistive listening device, accessibility, sign language interpreter, etc.), please call 530-621-7469 for the Placerville/Cameron Park Branches or 530-573-3078 for the South Lake Tahoe Branch at least five days prior to your service date. If you are requesting a sign language interpreter, it is possible that your service date will be rescheduled to the next available date for an interpreter. You will be notified of any changes.

Telephone/Website Notice of your Need to Appear

Placerville Main Street Branch: (530) 621-6404
South Lake Tahoe Branch: (530) 573-3355

Your appearance as a prospective juror is canceled by a prerecorded telephone message and by using our Automated Jury Program. You must telephone the number indicated above or view our website after 5:00 p.m. the court day before you are scheduled to appear.

  • The Telephonic Jury System is available all night and throughout the weekends. A busy signal is not a malfunction, keep calling. Have your summons available when calling. You will need to know your Juror Badge number off your summons and your Date of Birth to hear your juror status. The purpose of the recorded message and website notice is to minimize the number of jurors who need to come to the courthouse and to make your service more convenient.
  • The Automated Jury Program requires your Juror Badge number off your summons.  Just follow the on-screen prompts, and you'll see your current status.

Term of Service

The El Dorado Superior Court operates on a One Day/One Trial system. Jurors are instructed to call a recorded telephone message, or use the Automated Jury Program the court day before the date you are scheduled to appear, after 5:00pm, for reporting instructions.

Once instructed to report to a courthouse, a juror may or may not be selected to serve as a juror in a trial court. The Jury Commissioner is required to have a sufficient number of jurors for all anticipated trials. The jury staff tries to carefully estimate the number of jurors needed but there are many variables outside their control. For example, a case may settle at the last moment.

If a prospective juror is selected to serve on a trial as a sworn juror, the term of service will be the length of that trial. Trials vary in length, but generally last one to three days.

What if a Juror Does Not Report as Instructed?

Every resident of El Dorado County 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. Contempt of Court is punished by a fine of up to $1,000.00 and/or five days in the county jail.

What should I wear?

Tank tops, shorts and bare feet are not permitted. The temperature of the jury assembly areas and courtrooms can be unpredictable. Jurors are encouraged to dress appropriately and accordingly as an officer of the court.

Can I Bring my Children With Me?

No. Do not bring your children with you when you report for jury duty. The court does not provide child supervision while you are on jury duty. You will need to make other arrangements for your child's care while you are at the court for jury duty. Not appearing for jury duty because you cannot find appropriate childcare is NOT an excused absence.

Courthouse Contacts

Placerville Main Street Branch
(530) 621-7469

South Lake Tahoe Branch
(530) 573-3078

Check Jury Status by Phone

Placerville Main Street Branch
(530) 621-6404

South Lake Tahoe Branch
(530) 573-3355

Jury Service Basics Link
courts.ca.gov/jurybasics.htm

Court and Community Jury Brochure Link
CC2011_singlePDF.pdf

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