Jury Service in Mendocino County, California
The COVID 19 Pandemic presents unique challenges for both the Court and prospective jurors. The Court takes seriously its obligation to do all that it can to ensure that jurors’ health and safety are protected. To that end, the Court requires prospective and impaneled jurors to notify the Court if they feel ill or have learned that they have been exposed to a person diagnosed with Coronavirus. Also, jurors must wear facial coverings while in the courthouse and be mindful of the six-feet social distancing requirements. The Court will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the courthouse and will seat jurors at least six feet away from each other while awaiting jury selection and once a jury has been impaneled. By taking these public health precautions and by working together, the Court is confident that jurors will be able to perform their service safely.
Reporting For Service
Confirm Your Appearance
Enter your Juror ID number (it's printed on your summons) and Date of Birth to hear if you are required to appear.
Call either number above after 5:00pm of the business day before you are scheduled to report to learn whether you must appear for jury service as scheduled, and at what time to appear. If scheduled for service on a Monday, you may call any time after 5:00pm starting on the Friday before this date.
On-Line Juror Self Service
Use our Self Service system to check if you need to report for jury duty, to postpone service, to request to be excused or disqualified from service, print a Certification of Jury Service, and more...
Jury Trial Audio Stream
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to enforce social distancing, the court is now live-streaming audio from jury trials. Visit our YouTube page for links to jury trials in progress, and trials scheduled.
Please note that the live-streaming audio is scheduled when a jury trial has been confirmed to go forward. Typically confirmation of a jury trial occurs on the business day prior to the actual trial. If you do not find a link for the jury trial you would like to listen to, the case may have already been settled and the jury trial canceled.
Recording Court Proceedings Without Permission is Unlawful:
Recording the court proceeding (whether through the videoconference application or by any other means) is prohibited unless/until the judicial officer specifically grants permission to record. Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 1.150(c) & (d).
Jury Scam Alert
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of citizens being contacted by someone purporting to be from the Sheriff’s Office informing them that they have a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty. This is a scam – if you are contacted please report it to law enforcement.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Watch and learn what measures the Court has taken to ensure juror safety and the safety of court participants and staff.
Jury Services Office
Located in the Ukiah Courthouse
100 North State Street, Room G-1
Ukiah, CA 95482
Ignoring Your Summons
If you choose to ignore your summons, you may be ordered to appear at the courthouse to explain to a judge why you should not be held in "contempt of court" for failing to appear or reschedule your service.
Contempt of Court is punishable by a fine of up to $1,500, incarceration, or both.
The Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino, has a Fragrance-Free policy. Please refrain from using colognes, perfumes, lotions, fragrance oils, hair spray, or other applications that may trigger allergic reactions in others.