How To Plan for Your Hawaii Jury Duty
Getting ready for Hawaii jury duty can be a complicated undertaking.
Here is how jury duty works in Hawaii:
- Eligible Hawaiian residents are drawn from a random pool
- Prospective jurors complete a questionnaire to confirm their ability to serve or request an exemption
- On the first day in court, the prosecution and defense select jurors by posing a series of questions to identify potential bias
- 6–16 jurors hear the details of the case and deliver a verdict
Jurors serve in state or federal courts. While the former deals with state laws, the latter is used to hear cases involving federal laws.
You probably have a few questions about your impending jury duty in Hawaii:
- Can I get out of jury duty?
- How long does jury duty last?
- What can I wear to court?
- How much does jury duty pay?
- How does jury duty affect my job?
Possibly—Hawaiian courts recognize the following categories as those who can request exemption from jury duty:
- Active military members
- Breastfeeding mothers
- Law enforcement members
- Healthcare workers
If you are not exempt, do not risk skipping jury duty. You may be fined up to $500 and face as many as 30 days in prison.
Hawaiian jury duty lasts an average of 3–5 days. The length of a trial can vary depending on several factors:
- Extent of evidence presented
- Number of witnesses and length of testimony
- Time required for the jury to reach a verdict
The more complicated the case, the longer the trial. The judge will usually inform jurors of how long they expect a trial to last.
U.S. courts impose a strict business or business casual dress code. You are not allowed to wear any of the following items as a juror:
- Baseball caps
- Tank tops
- Tube tops
- Open-toed footwear
Juror wages vary from state to state. In Hawaii, your compensation and reimbursements depend on the level of court in which you serve:
|Court||Pay per Day||Travel Reimbursement||Expense Reimbursement|
|State||$33||$0.33 per mile||$0|
|Federal||$50||$0||Up to $40|
Your first step as a juror is to inform your employer about your upcoming absence from work. Employers cannot fire employees because of jury duty. Those who do so are guilty of a petty misdemeanor and can face a fine of $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail.
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- Choose the Request Jury Duty Leave product
- Provide the required details about your jury duty
- Choose the days on which you will be absent
- Upload a copy of your summons as proof
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