Jury & Appeals
The Office of the Jury Commissioner is charged with the responsibility of securing jurors for Criminal and Civil trials being conducted by the Butte County Superior Court. The office secures jurors through a process governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure. Potential juror 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. These two lists are combined to create one Master Jury List. Each week, prospective jurors are randomly selected from the list and sent a Summons to appear for service approximately five weeks prior to the service date.
If you have received a summons, you may be eligible for a postponement or, in some circumstances, an excuse from service.
If you are summoned to appear, instructions on your summons will direct you to contact the court for confirmation of your appearance date. As trials are often resolved in advance, the court uses this process to provide last-minute information to jurors and, hopefully, only require as many jurors to appear as will be needed for selection. This appearance information can be obtained on this site or by calling 530-532-7001 after 5:00 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled appearance date. A recorded message will confirm, modify, or cancel your appearance based on your group number.
For general information on Jury Service, please see A Guide To California Jury Service at the California Judicial Council's Website.
Do you need to report for jury duty? Follow these steps:
First, determine your group number
Second, obtain appearance information