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Jury Service Information

Jurors are the heart of the judicial system in the United States. In all serious criminal cases, defendants are entitled to a trial by a jury representative of the defendant's community.

All U.S. citizens are qualified for jury service if they are at least 18 years old, are residents of the jurisdiction in which they have been summoned to serve, have had their civil rights restored if previously convicted of a felony, and have not been determined by a court to be mentally incompetent or insane.

Arizona Jury Service


What to Expect:


Excuse, Claim and Reimbursement Forms

Arizona has pioneered many successful jury reform measures, such as jurors being allowed to ask written questions of witnesses in the court; jurors being allowed to discuss evidence (in civil cases) during the course of the trial; juror note taking and juror notebooks in lengthy or complex trials and supplemental pay for long trials.

Prospective jurors may be called for service by a Justice of the Peace Court, a Municipal Court, or by the County Jury Commissioner of the Superior Court.

A Juror Orientation Video is provided to help give a better understanding of the role of  the jury and the responsibilities of the juror.  CLICK on a link below to watch the video ( Adobe FLASH Player required ):

                                     Juror Orientation Video                      

A person seeking to be excused from jury service in Arizona must apply to the court that issued the summons.  Possible grounds for excuse include:

  • the person has a mental or physical condition that causes him/her to be incapable of performing jury service
  • jury service would substantially and materially affect the public interest, adversely
  • the person does not understand English
  • jury service would require the person to abandon someone under his/her care, because it is impossible for him/her to obtain substitute care
  • jury service would cause the person to incur costs that would have a substantial adverse impact on the payment of his/her necessary daily living expenses or on those for whom he/she provides regular employment support
  • jury service would result in illness or disease
  • the person is a certified peace officer employed by the state
  • jury service would cause undue or extreme hardship
  • the person has served as a juror in this state within the last two years
  • the person is at least 75 years of age

(Documentation in support of the excuse is generally required.)

Arizona follows a one-day/one-trial term of jury service.  Once selected, a person's term of jury service is fulfilled after they have served on one trial.  Those individuals who are not selected or assigned to a jury on the first day are also deemed to have fulfilled their jury service obligation by having appeared at the court.  Other ways a person's jury service term may be fulfilled include:  being available for four days within a thirty-day period (that is, the prospective juror calls in to see whether he must report for jury service) and/or the prospective juror provides the court with a valid telephone number and stands ready to serve on the same day for a period of two days.

Superior Court of Arizona


County Jury Commissioners
Court Locator 

Apache County
Cochise County
Maricopa County
Pima County
Yavapai County

General and county specific jury service information including court locations, hours, parking, attire, tips for coping after jury service, confirming or rescheduling your jury service date and frequently asked questions.

Limited Jurisdiction Courts


Court Locator 

City of Gilbert
City of Mesa
City of Tempe

General information regarding jury service in Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts.

Forms

Request for Medical Excuse Form

Lengthy Trial Fund Forms:  Reimbursement Request Form  |  Juror Claim Form  |  Brochure

Publications

FY 2008 Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund Report is submitted annually to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, pursuant to A.R.S. § 21-222(F), and reports on the amount of monies collected and disbursed from the Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund and the number of jurors who received monies from the fund.

The Final Report and Recommendations (2002) of the Arizona Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee to Study Jury Practices and Procedures consists of 15 specific recommendations applying to jury management and administration. The committee believes the Judicial Branch has a responsibility to improve every aspect of its jury system. Accordingly, each recommendation was formulated with the aspiration of improving jury service for all of Arizona's citizens. In the committee's deliberations, consensus on all issues was reached.

Supplemental Report Concerning Jury Anonymity (2003) also written by the Arizona Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee.

Jurors: The Power of 12 (1994).  This report takes the form of 55 specific recommendations touching upon the entire process in which jurors are involved, beginning with the subject of source lists from which potential jurors' names are taken and ending with the need for post-verdict debriefings of jurors following unusually stressful trials.

Jurors: The Power of 12, Part Two (1998).  In late 1996, about two years after submission of its original report on jury reform, Jurors: The Power of 12, and one year after the Arizona Supreme Court's adoption of several new rules affecting jury trials, the Committee on More Effective Use of Juries was reconvened to consider additional issues.