Answered—Can Teachers Get Out of Jury Duty?

Can Teachers Get Out of Jury Duty? Learn Here!

It’s midterm, and you get a summons to serve on a jury—you have to test your students and are unsure how a substitute teacher would do it. Can teachers get out of jury duty based on their job position? We’ll answer this question and tell you a little more about jury duty.

If you decide to serve, to create a leave request letter and inform your employer of your absence.

How Does Jury Duty Work?

The table below will answer a few of the most common jury duty questions:

How did I get selected for jury duty?Depending on your state, prospective jurors are usually selected from lists of:
  • Registered voters
  • Driver’s license holders
  • State ID holders
Who can qualify?To be a prospective juror, you must be:
  • A U.S. citizen and a resident of the summoning county
  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to read and speak English

You won’t qualify if you:

  • Have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from serving
  • Were convicted of a felony

Each state has different eligibility criteria, so you should check your state’s court webpage

How long does jury duty last?Most trials last for three to five days, but this depends on the complexity of the case
Will I get paid for serving on a jury?Every state has its own rules regarding compensation. The compensation amounts can go from $6 to $40 per day, depending on your state.

In federal courts, the typical compensation is $50

Why do I have to do jury duty?You have to do jury duty because it’s important for the U.S. legal system as it enables a fair and unbiased trial for everyone
What happens if I miss jury duty?If you skip jury duty, you may be:
  • Fined with up to $1,000
  • Imprisoned for days or months

Penalties for missing jury duty vary from state to state

Can Teachers Get Out of Jury Duty?

Being a teacher isn’t a reason enough to be exempt from jury duty. The good news is that you can request a deferral. Most states allow postponement for up to six months once, but postponement rules depend on your state. You can check out jury duty laws in your state in the table below:

MarylandNorth CarolinaPennsylvania
New York StateNew JerseyTennessee
ColoradoWashington StateMissouri
MassachusettsUtahSouth Carolina
West VirginiaLouisianaIowa
HawaiiNew MexicoMississippi
MaineNebraskaNew Hampshire
Rhode IslandDelawareMontana
WyomingAlaskaSouth Dakota
VermontNorth DakotaDistrict of Columbia

How To Request the Postponement of Jury Duty

Follow the steps below to request the postponement of jury duty:

  1. Indicate in the questionnaire you receive with your summons that you request a postponement
  2. Mail your questionnaire back to the court or do all of this online
  3. Wait for the court’s decision

In some states, you will have to write a letter explaining why you need a postponement—check the summoning court’s website to find the address where you should send your request.

DoNotPay Helps You Request Jury Duty Leave in a Few Steps

All states have laws that prevent your employer from firing you for serving on a jury no matter how many times you’re summoned. The laws also obligate your employer to provide you with time off. An important step when you’re preparing for jury duty is to inform the employer on time.

DoNotPay can help you with this with our leave request letter feature—we will use the information you provide to create a professional letter that will notify your employer of your absence.

What you need to do is and follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the Request Jury Duty Leave feature
  2. Answer a few questions
  3. Provide a picture of your jury summons

If you want to know what questions they might ask you on your first day during the selection process, check out DoNotPay’s learning center.

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