"Trial by jury is one of the fundamental ideals of American democracy; serving as jurors reminds us that these ideals exist only as long as individual citizens are willing to uphold them."
-Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
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If you are calling long distance, call: 1-888-486-4398.
If in the last 10 days:
- You have tested positive for COVID-19 and are under quarantine
- You're awaiting test results due to an exposure or symptoms of COVID-19
- You're experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
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Please call the Jury Office at (209) 725-4121.
Merced Court to resume jury trials beginning June 15, 2020
The Merced Superior Court will resume jury trials the week of June 15, 2020, and therefore will begin calling Merced County residents for jury service. The Court is committed to providing a safe environment for jury service and trials by adhering to local and state public safety and social distancing guidelines, implementing health and safety precautions at Court locations, and implementing additional precautions for jury service.
Jury service in California involves one day or one trial physical appearance or one week of on-call service. The Court appreciates your willingness to serve as a juror, and to help the Court continue to provide this vital function of our democracy during these extraordinary times.
You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror. All you need is an open mind and a readiness to work with the other jurors to make decisions. You also need to be impartial - in other words, your decisions must not be influenced by personal feelings and biases.
Please note: that if you are sick with respiratory symptoms, a fever or a cough, DO NOT come to the courthouse and DO NOT report to jury service. Jurors with these symptoms will be allowed to defer their service. See the Information for Jury Service Deferals section below for details.
Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the courthouse.
Increased sanitization will be performed by the Court’s contracted janitorial service.
Contact the jury commissioner’s office at (209) 725-4121 to request that your jury service be deferred to a future date.
Jurors that find it necessary to request a deferral of service should contact the jury office at (209) 725-4121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is located in the large lot between the new courthouse and the railroad tracks. Cross 23rd street and come into the front doors of the courthouse on N Street. After clearing security, turn left and you'll find the elevators and the main stairwell just a few steps away.
We suggest you wear comfortable clothing that fits with the importance and dignity of the courtroom. Shorts, tank tops, bare midriffs, or similar dress are not allowed. Business attire is always appropriate. Check your summons for more information. You may not use computers, cellular phones, cameras, or tape recorders in the courtroom.
The Superior Court of California, County of Merced currently offers a transportation program where jurors can waive their mileage reimbursement and receive passes for local bus transportation services. We encourage jurors to take advantage of this program. Participating in The Bus transportation program will not only improve environmental conditions, but will also provide an easy, reliable, and less stressful way of commuting to jury duty.
How do I sign up and use The Bus?:
Jurors required to perform more than one day of jury service duty at courthouses serviced by Merced The Bus but must be willing to waive their mileage reimbursement. Jurors instructed to report for further service on a second or subsequent day can visit the Jury Assembly Room on their first day of service to complete the required waiver form and receive The Bus card good for immediate use. Your pass starts on the first day you use it and will be valid for one day. Should your jury service continue beyond a day, see the jury office for additional cards.
How do I travel from the bus to the Court?:
For more information about The Bus routes and schedules, go to Merced Transit Authority, CA - Official Website | Official Website (mercedthebus.com)