How To Get Out of Jury Duty in Kansas—Find Out Here
Jury duty is an important civic responsibility that is mandatory for almost everyone. If you skip it, you may face serious consequences, like being fined or imprisoned. Fortunately, there are exemptions—in this article, we’ll tell you how to get out of jury duty in Kansas regardless of how many times you’re called for it.
The court has a two-step process for selecting jurors:
- They create a master jury wheel by selecting names at random from a list of registered voters
- They draw the names periodically (at random) from the master jury wheel to receive a juror qualification questionnaire
After the court receives the answers from prospective jurors, they put the ones who qualify in a second wheel and send summonses to randomly selected jurors.
If you get selected, the judge and attorneys ask you a series of questions to determine whether you’re capable of being objective about the case.
To be a prospective juror, you must be:
- A citizen of the U.S. and resident of the county that sent the summons for at least 20 days
- At least 18 years old
- Able to read, write, and understand English
You will be excused from jury duty in Kansas if you:
- Are a breastfeeding mother
- Have served as a juror in the county within the past two years
- Are unable to understand English
- Have been convicted of a felony or pleaded guilty within the past ten years
- Were deemed incompetent by the court
- Have a good medical reason not to serve proved by a doctor’s note
- Are over 70
There are two ways you can get out of jury duty in Kansas:
|Postpone jury duty||You may postpone jury duty up to two times within a 12-month period. You must complete the appropriate section for postponement in your questionnaire|
|Get excused||You can be excused from jury duty if any of the exemptions apply to you. People who have scheduling conflicts because of work, school, or childcare will not automatically be excused. If you want to request excusal, you need to indicate that in your questionnaire|
Federal jurors are paid $50 for each day of service.
Having a job cannot get you out of jury duty automatically. You may be able to request an excusal if the service will cause undue hardship for you or your employer.
What you should know, though, is that your employer cannot fire, threaten, or demote you because you’re serving jury duty. According to Kansas law, they must provide you with time off. Your only obligation is to notify them well in advance so they can verify your engagement.
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- Select the Request Jury Duty Leave product
- Answer a few questions and specify whether you got the summons from state or federal court
- Upload a picture of your summons
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