Courts mark Juror Appreciation Week

San Diego Superior Court officials are marking Juror Appreciation Week.

The more than 240,000 county residents who complete jury duty each year “perform an important civic function,” said Presiding Judge Kevin A. Enright.

“They are the cornerstone of our judicial system,” he said. “Our system could not function without the contribution of jurors. The court appreciates community members who take time out of their busy schedules to come to the courthouse and participate in the administration of justice.”

One of the goals of Juror Appreciation Week is to distribute little-known facts about jury service, such as:

  • The One Day/One Trial program, which is intended to make jury service more convenient by shortening the time that a person is required to appear and serve to one day or one trial. Under California law, once a juror has appeared or has been in the court’s group management system, the juror does not have to serve again for 12 months;
  • The Superior Court offers complimentary bus or trolley passes on the first day of jury service. Jurors can waive their mileage and receive bus or trolley tickets for the remainder of their jury service; Coaster tickets are available for those serving downtown, who live in certain North County Zip Codes;
  • The Superior Court’s Jury Services Office maintains a telephone line to assist jurors with questions regarding jury service. A computerized system assists jurors seven days a week, 24 hours a day; and
  • The Central and South County Court Divisions utilize group management for juries. Group management is a system where jurors call in to the court each evening for a week and come in only if needed.

Eighty percent of jurors complete jury service in one day, court officials said.
By state statute, jury summons are drawn from Department of Motor Vehicles and Registrar of Voters records.

To qualify for jury duty, a person must:

  • be a U.S. citizen:
  • be at least 18 years old:
  • currently live in San Diego County;
  • never have been convicted of a felony or malfeasance in office unless civil rights have been restored;
  • have sufficient knowledge of the English language;
  • not be serving elsewhere as a trial juror or grand juror; and
  • not be the subject of a conservatorship.