What Happens If You Ignore a Jury Duty Summons in California?

Failure to report for jury duty in Superior Court in California is a serious matter, punishable by a fine of $1,500, five days in the county jail or both, according to the Superior Court of Humboldt County.

All courts provide instructions on how to seek an excuse from jury service, along with valid reasons to be excused. Los Angeles County Superior Court explains that valid excuses from jury service include severe financial hardship and medical issues. Prospective jurors can also seek a postponement of service to a later time. By law, employers must give employees time off to serve on a jury, so no one gets excused because of employment. However, the court cannot ask anyone to serve more than once a year.