We all get a colorful looking Jury Summons at one time. Sometimes more frequently. That is if you drive or vote. Supposedly it's done at random, based on DMV and voting records.
Some people are just lucky and never get called. Others, such as my friend McBug, get them all the time. He has been called to the Halls of Justice in Hayward or Oakland a dozen times since 1990. But he does vote every year.
I personally think it's tied to whether you vote or not, not DMV records.. Every time he votes, he gets that summons. Pronto. He is a jury magnet despite having been chosen just once.
The pay for jurors has not gone up since I served on one in 1998. $15 every day starting on the second day of service. All jurors receive 34 pennies for each mile they travel to court. You're on your own on the way back.
The courts have jury assembly rooms where you can kick back, read, access the web or watch TV. Just don't mention the case to anyone.
California has what they call a "one day or one trial system. "
The minimum age is 18.
On the website it states if you are qualified and have not been excused of had your service postponed you must report for jury service. Any person who fails to respond may be fined up to $1,500 and be subject to further penalties at the discretion of the judge.
Serious stuff here. Running a red light is cheaper.
Trial length is usually completed within a week. The judge will give you an idea when your group is called for the jury.
According to Tani Cantil- Sakauye, the Chief Justice of California:
If you are selected to serve, my hope is that you will find your service to be interesting and rewarding, as most jurors do.
Keep all this in mind if your next letter you get blasts out Summons for Jury Service.