Answered—Do You Get Paid for Jury Duty in Texas?
Jury trials are the essential part of the U.S. legal system, and as a prospective juror, you are obligated to report for duty if you’re summoned and don’t want to be penalized. When you receive the summons and questionnaire, you need to prepare for your jury service and inform your employer that you need time off—this is why jury duty is a nuisance for many. Another downside of jury duty is that most employers don’t pay their employees during their service, so you naturally pose the question: “Do you get paid for jury duty in Texas?” DoNotPay will answer this question for you and also tell you how to:
To be considered a prospective juror, you must meet the Texas jury duty qualifications—you have to be:
- A resident of Texas and the summoning county
- Citizen of the U.S.
- At least 18 years old
- Qualified to vote (under the Constitution and voting laws)
- Able to read and write in English
- Of sound mind and good moral character
You will not qualify if you:
- Have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the summoning county or during the preceding six months in the district court
- Have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor
|Prospective jurors on their first day||$6|
|Jurors who are selected to be on a jury||$28 a day|
|Petit jurors in federal courts||$50 a day|
|Petit federal jurors after ten days of service||$60 per day|
The court will also pay for your travel expenses that will be reimbursed at the current federal government mileage rate.
You should receive your compensation within 30 days of service.
Even though jury duty leaves are protected under the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code, your employer isn’t required by law to pay you for the time off. What this law mandates is that your employer cannot fire, demote, or penalize you in any way for serving on a jury, no matter how many times you’re called.
If you are an exempt employee, and you worked any part of the week during your jury duty, your employer might be obligated to pay you your full weekly salary, though. Sometimes employers will decide to pay their employees for jury duty, and some of them will require you to turn down the compensation you got from the government. They are entitled to do so if they are paying you for your time off.
To get time off for jury duty, you’ll need to tell your employer in advance about being summoned. If you don’t want to tell them in person, you can write a leave request letter using DoNotPay.
Create your letter following these steps after you sign up for DoNotPay:
- Select the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Provide required information about:
- Summoning court
- Summoning state
- Your company
- Dates you’re expected to serve
- Add a picture of your summons
This isn’t all we can do—DoNotPay has answers to the following questions:
- How often can you be called for jury duty in Texas?
- What are the jury duty exemptions in Texas?
- What should I know about jury duty in El Paso, TX?
- What can happen if I don’t show up for jury duty in Texas?
- What are jury duty laws in Harris or Montgomery County?
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