The Golden State's Jury Duty Laws—Are Employers Required To Pay for Jury Duty in California?
Jury duty is a vital component of the judicial system because it helps keep it fair and just. If you are summoned for jury duty, it's important to know the laws of your state that govern jury duty leave.
If you get a jury duty summons in California, you can count on this guide to provide answers to the following jury duty questions:
- Are employers required to pay for jury duty in California?
- What are the details of remuneration, if any?
- Do courts offer any compensation for jury duty?
Jurors are selected at random from lists of driver’s license owners and registered voters within any specific county. To be eligible to serve as a juror, you must:
- Be an American citizen
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a good enough command of English to comprehend court proceedings and discuss the case
- Live in the county that sent you the summons
- Haven't served as a juror for at least a year
- Not currently serve on a grand or trial jury
- Not be a conservatee
In California, there are specific criteria in the Code of Civil Procedure that allow citizens with a criminal record to serve on a jury. You are not permitted to turn down a jury summons without sufficient proof of undue hardship. You are also not permitted to turn down a summons because you have already been summoned several times.
The law does not mandate employers to pay employees during their time away on jury duty, but they are encouraged to do so. Many California businesses already have jury leave policies that stipulate verified employees’ rights and benefits if summoned for jury duty selection or service. California law also protects employees from employer punishment.
Jurors’ monetary benefits from California’s state and federal courts are different—the following table summarizes them:
|Federal Courts||State Courts|
||State courts compensate jurors at $15 per day from the second day of service|
|Federal courts compensate jurors’ transportation costs at 56 cents per mile for a round-trip journey every day throughout the duration of their jury service||State jurors receive one-way compensation at 34 cents per mile|
You have to put your affairs in order at your workplace and check in as required with your employer before leaving for jury service. DoNotPay can help you generate a jury duty leave request that your employer can also use to verify your summons. Take these steps to get your letter:
- Sign in to your DoNotPay account and locate the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Select whether you were summoned by a state or federal court and identify the state
- Provide your jury service dates and upload your jury summons
- Choose whether we can submit the letter for you and provide your electronic signature
You can choose to download the request letter if you prefer to submit it yourself or have us email it to your employer.
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