Hundreds of new laws went into effect Jan. 1, including many that will protect the public and improve access to justice for all Californians.
Delayed by COVID-19 for nearly three months in most parts of the state, jury trials are resuming in counties large and small.
On May 14-18, courts celebrated the single largest cohort of court users in the nation—citizens appearing for jury duty.
A recent study showed that test-jurors understood plain-language instructions better and reached a correct verdict significantly more often.
California courts are making jury service more convenient for jurors by working around their schedules when possible.
See how new and renovated courthouses are making jury service a more comfortable experience.
May 9-13 is Juror Appreciation Week, but courts are making the jury system better all year with check-in kiosks, text reminders, and web-based services.
The Judicial Council has revised rules of court and forms to help implement a statute that expands the use of expedited jury trials in California, effective July 1.