“I’ve been selected for jury duty, what do I do?”
Jury duty at the Surprise City Court usually lasts the length of one trial, normally 1-2 days. The evening before your jury service date, please call 623.222.4810. A pre-recorded message will tell you if you are to report, if you have been placed on stand-by, excused, or if you have been reassigned. For your convenience the recording is in operation between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
If you must report for jury duty, please arrive at the Court promptly at the designated time. Late arrivals are subject to rescheduling with or without pay. Failure to appear or to reschedule your appearance will subject you to a possible fine of $100.00 for contempt of court, pursuant to A.R.S. 21-334. Further, please do not bring children, relatives, or friends with you on the day you report for jury duty.
Terms of Service
Compensation: Jurors who are chosen to sit on a jury receive $12 per day, plus a one-way mileage fee of 34.5 cents/mile. Prospective jurors who are not chosen will be paid the mileage fee only. Payment is mailed to the address you indicate on the sign in sheet, or to the address on your summons and you should receive it within four weeks of your service.
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. If you are unable to report for jury duty on the date you were summoned, you may request ONE postponement. Please call the Office of the Jury Commissioner at 602.372.JURY (602.372.5879) or on the Internet through the Jury Services website. If you appear but are not selected, your term of service will conclude and you will not be summoned again by this Court for at least 18 months.
Upon arrival at the court prospective jurors will be directed to a jury assembly room for processing. Although we attempt to make jury service as convenient and efficient as possible, jurors should be advised that there can be extended waiting periods. Please feel free to bring a book, magazine, laptop computer, or something else to occupy your time quietly.
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