Guide to Jury Duty in Orange County
What to Expect
If you are not selected for a jury, you can expect to be finished in about half a day. If you are selected, you will serve for one trial. Surprisingly, the average trial lasts only three (3) days.
When you arrive at the Orange County Courthouse, please report to the second floor for Jury Check-In instructions. After checking in, prospective jurors will be given a brief orientation by the Orange County District Clerk;s Office. The impaneling Judge will give further instructions and hear possible exemptions and qualifications.
Prospective jurors are assigned to panels, smaller groups from which jurors are selected. The jurors are briefed by the judge and questioned by attorneys for both sides until the jurors who will hear the case are chosen. Once the jury has been selected, those on the panel who are not chosen are sent home.