Preparing for Jury Service


Court Hours of Operation

Juror hours are 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM unless otherwise informed by court personnel. Please plan to stay the entire day! We suggest you bring reading materials, mobile devices or small projects to pass the time while awaiting assignment to a courtroom.

Warning: 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. 

What to Expect When You Arrive

Locations and Parking 

The County provides free parking for Superior Court jurors. Parking information is available for the three respective Superior Court parking locations.

If your jury service is with a municipal court you will need to check the City Court parking and locations.

Court Access/Screening

Before entering the Court complex, you will be required to be screened for weapons or other prohibited items.

Lunch Breaks

Jurors have at least one hour for lunch. There are many eating establishments within easy walking distance of the downtown Phoenix complex. Jurors may also bring a lunch. If you do bring a lunch, please be aware that microwaves are available but you will not have access to a fridge.

Breaks are announced throughout the day. 

Attire

The dress code for jury duty is business casual; shorts and tank tops are not appropriate.

Uniforms are not permitted. Uniforms include, but are not limited to: peace officers, firefighters, military, security, Department of Corrections, nursing scrubs, EMTs, or any other easily recognized uniform. This also includes dress down versions of uniforms. If you report to the Jury Assembly Room wearing a uniform you will be asked to change or you will be asked to leave and you will receive a new date to appear for jury duty.

Because temperatures vary in courtrooms and the assembly room, it is recommended to dress in layers.

Attendance/Failure to Appear

Jurors are to report to the Jury Assembly Room with their summons or deferral card. Once selected, jurors go directly to the courtroom.

A juror who is summoned and who willfully and without reasonable excuse fails to appear for jury service may be found by the court to be in contempt and subject to penalties provided by law. If you failed to appear on the date summoned, write to the Jury Office explaining the situation and include your Jury ID number. The address is 175 W. Madison St., Phoenix 85003. You should receive a response within two weeks of receipt.

Facilities

All restrooms in the Superior Court complexes are accessible to physically challenged jurors. Entrances to all court locations have ramps nearby. The courthouse is a nonsmoking environment.

The downtown Phoenix Jury Assembly Room is equipped with WiFi access. Handouts are available at the front desk indicating the unsecured network and log-in information. We hope this helps make your jury service experience with us even more positive.

In the Downtown and Southeast Superior Court locations, jurors can expect to find food, snack, and drink vending machines, and other various food venues.

A Mother's Room is also available for lactating mothers at all of the Superior Court locations.

Legal Obligation

The United States Constitution and the Arizona State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by law; A.R.S. § 21-223. All Maricopa County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they:

  • Are NOT a United States citizen;
  • Are UNDER 18 years of age;
  • Have been convicted of a felony and their civil rights have NOT been restored.

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.

Time Off Work for Jury Service

State law prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against an employee for taking time to serve as a juror if the employee gives reasonable notice prior to serving. For more information on juror compensation, please visit the juror compensation page.

Previously Served and Summoned Again

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 reach out to the jury office by clicking on the chat bubble at the bottom of your screen.

Permanent removal from the Master Jury List

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. Your request will be evaluated and you will be notified by email of the decision.  You may be required to provide additional documentation for evaluation of 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 respond to your summons.

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Matthew Martin
Jury Administrator
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