Can You Volunteer for Jury Duty?
Jury duty is an obligation that all American citizens between 18 and 70 years old must fulfill. Can you volunteer for jury duty or not? We have the info you need.
In this article, we will provide answers to all your questions about jury duty, including:
- How jury duty works
- How long jury duty lasts
- How much you are paid for jury duty
Jury duty is essential to the American democratic system because it ensures that no single person can decide the outcome of a case. The accused relies on a randomly selected and unbiased jury panel to receive a fair judgment.
No, you cannot volunteer for jury duty. The jury selection process is completely random and ensures that:
- Jury panel is a fair cross-section of the community
- There is no discrimination while selecting a jury
- Outcome of the trial is fair
- Disputes are resolved peacefully
- Citizens of the U.S. get to participate in governance
All potential jurors are randomly chosen by computer software. Once selected, you will receive a jury summons requesting you to show up in court at a specific date and time. At court, you will answer a detailed questionnaire to confirm that you are qualified to be a juror.
If you have received a jury summons, you are required to show up in court at the scheduled date and time. The law prohibits your employer from forcing you to skip jury duty and can be held in contempt of court if found guilty. They are also not allowed to:
- Force you to take paid vacations
- Threaten to terminate you
- Cut off your health insurance
- Discipline you in any other way
Although you might not have volunteered for jury duty yourself, you can still be selected for it at any time. If you are, you need to start preparing for your service by informing your employer so they can confirm your jury duty.
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After signing up for DoNotPay, here is what you need to do:
- Go to the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Provide details about your jury duty
- Upload a photo of the jury summons
- Download or let us send the letter to your employer
For more information on jury duty, check out the frequently asked questions (and answers) below:
- How long does jury duty last?—Jury duty can last anywhere between one day and two months or longer, depending on the complexity of the case
- Do you get paid for jury duty?—Almost all states offer compensation to jurors for attending jury service. While the court offers a higher compensation of $50 per day to federal jurors, county jurors usually get between $10 to $40 per day
- How often can you be summoned for jury duty?—You only need to attend jury duty once every year or two years (depending on the state)
Consult the table below if you are looking for state-specific information regarding jury duty:
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