The United States and Arizona Constitutions guarantee all people the right to trial by an impartial jury. All Pima County residents are obligated by state law to serve as jurors unless disqualified or excused. Justice ultimately depends on the quality of jurors who serve in our courts. Jury service is a rewarding experience and your participation is appreciated. Thank you!
Prospective jurors are selected randomly from the Pima County Master Jury File, which includes people who are registered to vote and those who have a driver's license or State identification card from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Jury service is not voluntary. It is a civic duty imposed on all United States citizens. You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror.
Read the entire summons, front and back, and then complete the online Qualification and Excuses Questionnaire, Contact Information Questionnaire, and Disability Questionnaire. If you don’t have access to a computer you may mail in the paper Qualification Questionnaire, which is the bottom half of the summons. Do not wait until you report to submit your questionnaire.
Qualified jurors must be at least 18 years old and meet the following requirements:
Be a United States citizen
Be a Pima County resident
Never have been convicted of a felony unless your civil rights have been restore
Not currently be adjudicated (by a court) mentally incompetent or insane
Requests to be excused are rarely granted and are not granted on the basis of religious beliefs, moral beliefs, or professional, business or student status. Requests to be excused must be made in writing and shall include documentation, as detailed on the jury summons, that supports the request. Requests to be excused will not be granted over the phone.
Below are some of the reasons you may request to be excused:
Medical issues (mental or physical)
Full-time caregiver for a family member, dependent, or child
AZPOST certified and currently employed as a peace officer by the State of Arizona of any political subdivision of the state
Active duty Air National Guard member or other military member serving outside of Pima County
Not capable of understanding English
75 years of age or older
Extreme financial hardship
Serving as a juror would substantially and materially affect the public interest or welfare in an adverse manner
Yes, regular trial jurors can change their report date by selecting a new date within 90 days of their original report date. You may submit the request for a new date online after submitting your qualification questionnaire information, or you may use the Reschedule Request section on the front of the paper qualification questionnaire.
Grand jurors who receive a letter summoning them for grand jury selection cannot change their report date and should contact the jury office if they cannot report on their assigned date.
Jury service lasts for one day or the length of one trial. On the first day of jury service, be prepared to remain at the courthouse the entire day, possibly from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You will have breaks throughout the day and will have about an hour for lunch. Restaurants are located within walking distance of the court or you may bring your lunch.
If you are not selected on a trial on your first day your jury service will be done, unless jury selection continues to another day.
If you are selected on a trial your jury service will be for the length of that trial. The average jury trial is two to four days long, but some trials are only one day and others can last more than a week.
Grand jurors who are selected on a Pima County Grand Jury, serve two days per week for approximately four months. Grand jurors who are selected on a State Grand Jury serve for several days a month in Phoenix over a period of six months.
You will need to contact the jury office by calling (520) 724-4222 during regular business hours which are 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays except for court holidays.
The Arizona Superior Court in Pima County is located at 110 W. Congress Street in downtown Tucson. The jury assembly room is room 137 on the first floor of the courthouse.
There is no designated place for jurors to park and there is no free parking for jurors so may park wherever you like. Discounted juror parking is available at only one parking garage, the Pima County Public Works Parking Garage, which is located at 50 W. Alameda Street. This above-ground garage is on the north side of Alameda Street between Stone and Church Avenues, next to the YMCA. If you park at the Pima County Public Works Parking Garage, bring your ticket with you to the jury assembly room to be validated for the discount. Pay the discounted amount at a pay station before returning to your vehicle.
There are many other parking locations available in downtown Tucson but they do not provide a discount. Rates and vehicle clearances vary. Please contact individual garages for more information.
If you need handicap parking and have a handicap plate or placard, call the jury office at 724-4222 between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. the business day before your report date for information on where to park.
Jurors should dress comfortably but appropriately for a courthouse. Do NOT wear shorts, tank tops, halter tops, mini skirts or flip-flops. The temperatures in the jury assembly room and the courtrooms may vary. You may be sent to another courthouse for your jury service so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
You may use your mobile devices in the jury assembly room. Bring your own charger if you need one. Courtesy phones are also available in the assembly room. Cell phones should not be used in other areas of the courthouse, including the hallways, and must be turned off when you are in a courtroom. You may not use your mobile devices to take pictures or video or make recordings anywhere inside the courthouse. Wireless internet is available in the courthouse.
The court has a security system consisting of metal detectors and x-ray machines. Anything considered to be a weapon or that is deemed unacceptable by the security officers will be confiscated and/or dealt with appropriately. Specifically, do not bring glass containers, metal utensils, crochet hooks, knitting needles, scissors, metal nail files, tape measures or tools. The Security Restrictions Quick Link provides additional security information.
No. Employers are not required to pay you while you serve as a juror, but many employers do. Check with your Human Resources department to find out whether your employer will pay you while you serve as a juror.
While employers are not required to pay you, they may not refuse to permit you to serve as a juror. They may not dismiss or in any way penalize you for serving as a juror. If you have problems, concerns or questions about how jury service may affect your job, contact the Jury Commissioner’s Office.
All jurors are entitled to receive a roundtrip mileage reimbursement for each day they serve as a juror. Jurors who are sworn on a trial will also receive a per diem for each day of service.
Jurors who serve for six or more days may be eligible for additional compensation from the Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund. Information about the Lengthy Trial Fund is provided to jurors once they become eligible for the fund by serving at least six days. Grand jurors are not eligible for compensation from the Lengthy Trial Fund.
Juror checks are mailed approximately every two to three weeks.
If you are not selected on a trial you will not receive another summons for at least one year. If you are selected on a trial you will not receive another summons for at least two years. If you serve as a grand juror you will not receive another summons for at least two years, but if you receive one within four years of your last day of grand jury service you may contact the Jury Commissioner’s office and request to be excused from the new summons.
You may also contact the Jury Commissioner’s Office if you receive a Pima County jury summons but were summoned by another court within the past year or served as a juror in another court within the past two years.