NOTICE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19)
DO NOT report for jury service if you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours prior to your summons date: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficult breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. DO NOT report for jury service if you may be sick with COVID-19, or may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or you are currently isolating or in quarantine due to being exposed to a person with COVID-19.
Summoned jurors with any concerns related to COVID-19 will be allowed to defer their service up to 180 days. Please contact the Jury Commissioner’s office using the following methods: visit https://jury.stanct.org/login, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209)548-6280. You may also text your nine-digit juror number to (209)340-6832 to get information.
Please note the following changes regarding COVID-19 guidelines:
In reliance on recommendations from the CDC and public health experts, Stanislaus County Superior Court does not currently have a mask requirement which is subject to change in the future depending on Stanislaus County's COVID-19 Community Level. Wearing a face mask is optional while in the courthouse but not required.
The importance of you!
The right to trial by a jury of one's peers is among the fundamental democratic ideals of our nation. It is the duty and responsibility of all qualified citizens to participate as jurors. Jury service is an opportunity to contribute to our system of government.
In order for our court system to work properly, judges and jurors must consider the cases before them in a way that is thoughtful, involves sound judgment, is fair and impartial and shows integrity.
In each trial, the judge determines the rules of law that govern the case. Jurors receive instructions from the judge as to the laws that apply to the case. Then jurors decide which facts presented in the case are most credible and apply the law as instructed by the judge in order to reach a verdict.
Juries are typically called to hear two types of cases: criminal and civil cases. Criminal cases are pursued by the district attorney's office on behalf of the People of the State of California. In most cases, the district attorney files a complaint which explains the criminal charges against an individual. A civil case involves a dispute between individuals or entities which may involve personal injury, property dispute, product liability, contract, harassment, employment and labor disputes.