Requests to be excused for a reason not listed above should submit a written statement.
Please provide your Juror ID number listed at the
top of your summons and your full name as listed on the jury summons. You may email
or submit your statement via fax to 602-506-6078.
Make sure you include/attach the following information.
FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL INFORMATION REQUIRED WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC DENIAL OF YOUR REQUEST.
Physical or Mental Hardship
Certified Peace Officer
Previous Jury Service
The Jury Office is open Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:30 A.M.
to 5:00 P.M. An automated phone system is in place to assist jurors during the day
and after-hours. Via phone: 602-506-JURY, (602-506-5879), jurors can get information on court
locations and hours, juror qualifications, how to request an excuse and how to ask
for a postponement of their date of service. During business hours, jurors may call
that same number to speak with staff.
Via U.S. Mail:
Superior Court/Office of the Jury Commissioner
175 West Madison St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Via email: email@example.com
Via fax: 602-506-6078
If you have lost your jury summons, please contact the Jury Office at 602-506-5879 and speak to a Jury Clerk. Please be prepared to provide your full name and date of birth.
Prospective jurors otherwise eligible to serve may be excused from jury service
only for extreme hardship, or if they are at least 75 years of age. All requests
must be submitted to the Jury Commissioner's Office in writing prior to the prospective
juror's service date. The excuse can also
be faxed to the Jury Office at 602-506-6078, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A prospective juror may be excused if he/she:
To be excused for medical reasons, you must attach a written statement from your doctor or have your doctor fill out the form located at: http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/JuryServices/docs/Medical_Excuse.pdf You also need to provide your Juror ID number listed at the top of your summons and your full name as listed on the jury summons. You may submit the documentation via US Mail or by email to email@example.com. If you are submitting a written statement from your doctor, please be advised that it must be on letterhead or prescription pad, and your doctor must fax it to the Jury office at 602-506-6078.
No. All excuse requests must be in writing and either mailed (or faxed) to the Jury Office for review.
The Court realizes prospective jurors may have been summoned at an inconvenient time and is willing to defer service to a more convenient time in most instances. Jurors may request a first-time postponement by visiting the Online Juror System no less than 10 days prior to the summonsed date. In addition, you may request a first time postponement by calling (602) 506-5879 and speaking with a jury clerk, or faxing your request to 602-506-6078. These methods will allow jurors to select a new date of their choice, with some limitations, as long as the new date is within 90 days of the date on which they were initially scheduled to appear. Additional requests for postponement must be in writing and either mailed or faxed to the Jury Office for review. Arizona law (A.R.S.21-336) does not allow a second postponement unless it is an extreme emergency that was not anticipated when the first postponement was granted. Any documentation mailed or faxed to the Jury Office must include the juror’s name and juror identification number.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities must be requested at least ten days in advance from the Jury Office Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at 602-506-5879 or dial 711 for a relay operator. Please be advised that the walking distance from the jury assembly area to some courtrooms can be lengthy.
Late jurors will not be accepted. Jurors who appear after their designated check-in time will receive a Failure to Appear summons and be required to appear for jury service on a new day within 60 to 90 days from the initial summons date. Jurors should plan to arrive at the Juror Parking Garage at least 30 minutes prior to their designated check-in time.
The court's normal hours of operation are 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Prospective jurors should make arrangements to remain the entire day.
The Superior Court in Maricopa County operates on a one trial/one day system for jurors. This means that if you are NOT selected to serve on a jury panel for a trial, your period of service is complete after the end of the first day. If you ARE selected to serve on a jury for a trial, your service is complete at the conclusion of the trial. The average trial lasts for three to five days.
Some of the municipal courts and justice of the peace courts use a "pooling" system. This means you are on call by the court for a period of time (4 to 8 weeks). You may be called by the court several days in advance to appear on a specific date, or you may be required to call the court. You may also be required to appear several times during your period of service depending on the needs of the court. If you have conflicts that will prevent you from serving over a period of time, please contact the Jury Office to see if you are eligible for a postponement.
Before entering the Court complex, you will be required to be screened for weapons. Click here for a list of prohibited items.
You answer the ringing phone. The caller identifies himself as an officer of the
court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for
You say you never received a notice. The caller says no problem, it can be cleared up right now, but he'll need some information for "verification purposes" -- your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number. Or he might say that if you give him that info to pay a "small fine," the warrant will be dropped.
This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam.
Protecting yourself against identity theft is the key: Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.
The list of names that is used to call people for jury service is created by combining the County's voter registration list and Arizona Department of Transportation records. Names are randomly selected from that master list by a computer program.
A computer program randomly selects names from the master jury file to summons potential jurors. Since that process is random, some people may be selected more than others.
The Jury Office adheres to the random selection process set out in the law. Because it is random, some people who are willing to serve may never be asked, and others who are not willing to be served may be asked frequently.
Under certain circumstances, such as permanent mental or physical disability, jury staff can permanently remove a name from its records. Please explain your situation in writing and return it to the Jury Office. You will be notified by mail of the decision whether or not to grant your request.
Since April 13, 2005, people who receive a jury summons to an Arizona court who are at least 75 years of age may be excused upon written request. If you are eligible for this, and you wish to be excused, please call the Jury Office at 602-506-5879.
The law automatically disqualifies non-citizens, convicted felons whose civil rights have not been restored, and people under 18 years of age from jury service.
Possibly. If you appeared for jury service but were not chosen for a trial, you are exempt from serving for
18 months from the date of service.
If you served on a jury panel for a trial or were part of a jury selection that took longer than two days, you are exempt from serving for two years from the last day of service.
If you served on a grand jury panel (state or county) and appeared for more than two sessions, you are exempt from serving for four years from the last day of service. This does not apply to alternate grand jurors.
If you have received a summons within the periods listed above, please contact the jury office for assistance.
There is no single excuse that guarantees exemption from jury service, except for those who are at least 75 years of age. For more information about what excuses are allowed under Arizona law, please read Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 21-202. To view the actual text of that statute online, go to www.azleg.state.az.us. Each request is individually reviewed. Potential jurors are encouraged to complete the questionnaire truthfully, to the best of their knowledge. Failure to do so is against the law. Jury service is a citizen's civic duty, and responsibility.
Superior Court tries civil and criminal cases, both of which require juries. The random selection process prevents you from knowing in advance what trial or even what type of trial for which you'll be selected. If when you get to a courtroom the judge excuses you, you've fulfilled your obligation for jury service. But the Jury Office staff cannot excuse you as a potential juror because of what you do for a living, unless you are a police officer. Any police officer wishing to be excused should review the requirements explained in Arizona Revised Statues, Section 21-202(B)(4), and send the necessary documentation to the Jury Office.
The Arizona law does not provide for an excuse from jury service for moral or religious beliefs. You are still required to appear for jury service. When you get to a courtroom, the judge will make that decision.
No. State law does not require employers to compensate their employees while they are on jury service. Many employers support the jury system and provide jury service benefits and will continue employee wages while they serve as a juror. Please check with your employer regarding your company's policy.
State law (A.R.S. § 21-236) prohibits an employer from discharging or in any manner discriminating against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror if the employee, prior to taking time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer of the requirement to serve as a juror.
The Jury Office spends over $270,000 annually in postage to mail summons and juror checks. Postage for returned questionnaires would nearly double the cost.
State law requires that Superior Court jurors be selected randomly. You must appear at the court to which you were summonsed.
Yes. Jurors are compensated for mileage if they appear the first day but do not serve for a trial. Mileage is currently calculated round-trip from the center of your zip code to the court building. The current rate is 44.5 cents per mile. If selected to serve as a juror for a trial, you will receive $12 dollars for every day the trial lasts, plus mileage. Checks are sent out a week or two after your service has been completed.
The Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund (See FAQ below) provides for reimbursement of lost income, up to $300/day of jury service. A completed application and documentation of lost income must be received and notarized by the Office of the Jury Commissioner within 30 days of gthe last day of jury service. All application forms are available online or from your trial court staff.