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Jury Service

Jury Service Information

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.

Jury Selection

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.

Have you received a summons? 

Click here to determine if you need to report for jury duty.

Public Notice - Jury Duty Scam Alert

Past or prospective jurors are NEVER contacted by phone regarding failure to serve jury duty. All communication regarding failure to serve jury duty is officially facilitated though the U.S. mail. No court jury staff or Butte County Sheriff's staff ask past or prospective jurors to pay a fine or provide financial details including, credit card numbers, bank account, social security numbers or any other personal information via phone. If you receive a telephone call, from someone identifying himself or herself as a court employee or an employee of the Butte County Sheriff's Department regarding a failure to appear for jury service, THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR PAY THEM ANY MONEY! If you are contacted, please call the Jury Commissioner's office at  (530) 532-7001.

For Jurors summoned to Oroville

If you have received a summons, you may be eligible for a postponement or, in some circumstances, an excuse from service.

Requests for postponements

Requests for postponements may be made online, by phone at  (530) 532-7001 during regular business hours, or in writing addressed to the Office of the Jury Commissioner, One Court Street, Oroville, CA 95965.

Requests to be excused

Requests to be excused may be made online, or in writing.

Online requests must be made more than seven days prior to the date you were summonsed to appear. If your request is being made less than seven days before the date you were summonsed to appear, please contact the court by phone.

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.

Getting Appearance Information

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.

Click here to view a map of the public parking at the Butte County Courthouse in Oroville (One Court Street, Oroville, CA).

For Jurors summoned to Chico

If you have received a summons, you may be eligible for a postponement or, in some circumstances, an excuse from service.

Requests for postponements

Requests for postponements may be made online, by phone at  (530) 532-7035 during regular business hours, or in writing addressed to the Office of the Jury Commissioner, 1775 Concord Avenue, Chico CA 95928.

Requests to be excused 

Requests to be excused may be made online, or in writing.

Online requests must be made more than seven days prior to the date you were summonsed to appear. If your request is being made less than seven days before the date you were summonsed to appear, please contact the court by phone.

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.

Getting Appearance Information

This appearance information can be obtained on this site or by calling  (530) 532-7035 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.

Click here to view a map of the public parking at the North Butte County Courthouse in Chico (1775 Concord Avenue, Chico, CA).

For general information on Jury Service, please see A Guide To California Jury Service at the California Courts Website .

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