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How Can an Employer Verify Jury Duty? DoNotPay Has All the Answers

If you have been called for jury duty, the first thing you need to do is inform your employer. You might be afraid to ask for time off from work, but you cannot avoid jury duty without a valid reason. If you are worried that your employer might think that you are being dishonest, you need to provide evidence.

How can an employer verify jury duty? What proof can you present to your manager? If you have to serve as a juror, you can and request an official leave from work.

Jury Duty FAQs

If it’s your first time being summoned for jury duty, you might have a lot of questions. Find answers to some of the frequently asked questions in the table below:

Why is jury duty important?
  • Mandatory for all U.S. citizens
  • Enables a fair judicial system and an unbiased trial for the accused
How does jury duty work?
  • You get a jury summons with a deadline to respond
  • Once you appear in court on the scheduled date, you have to answer questions to prove you will be impartial
  • Lawyers from both sides conduct another interview to select the jury members
  • A 12-member jury is selected for trial
How much do you get paid?
  • County jurors get paid depending on their local rules and are sometimes reimbursed for food and travel expenses
  • Federal jurors are paid $50 per day for the duration of the trial
How long does jury duty last?
  • Jury duty can last anywhere from a day to several months
  • A grand jury needs to be present for at least 12 to 18 months
Why do I keep getting called for jury duty?
  • The court selects the jury randomly from the registered voters’ list in the jurisdiction

How Can My Employer Verify Jury Duty?

If your employer is not convinced that the court has called you for jury duty, showing a written jury summons along with a formal leave request letter will help.

In case you are asked to report to court for more than two days, you can request a juror history report to show to your employer.

After attending the jury sessions, you can also request a certificate of attendance confirming the days you were available.

How Can Employers Deal With Jury Duty?

Employers must understand how to deal with staff members frequently missing work due to jury duty. Here is what an employer can do:

  • Get acquainted with state laws to know the amount of paid time off they need to provide
  • Know how to manage the workload if an employee leaves in the middle of a project
  • Figure out how to ease the transition process and avoid any interruptions
  • Avoid pressuring the employee to ask for an exemption if there is no need to do so

Can My Employer Reject a Jury Duty Leave Request?

Your employer cannot stop you from fulfilling your civic responsibility, but you must be aware of your legal rights before you inform them. Federal law mandates that your employer cannot:

  1. Fire you for serving as a juror
  2. Intimidate you to skip jury duty
  3. Discourage you from taking time off
  4. Force you to take unpaid time off

They can ask you to request a postponement if you are critical to business operations at the moment.

How Can DoNotPay Assist You in Taking Time Off?

While you are preparing for jury duty, it might be difficult to let your employer know that you need time off. DoNotPay can help by creating a formal leave request letter. Once you , you should follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Enter details about the jury service
  3. Provide information about your leave of absence
  4. Upload a photo of the court summons

You can also check out DoNotPay’s learning center for helpful guides to state-specific jury duty info, as listed 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

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