If Jury Duty Is Cancelled, Do I Have To Go To Work? DoNotPay Knows

Request Jury Duty Leave If Jury Duty Is Cancelled, Do I Have To Go To Work? DoNotPay Knows

If Jury Duty Is Cancelled, Do I Have To Go To Work? Learn Here!

Getting a jury duty summons can be a real nuisance, especially when serving on a jury will cause undue hardship for you or your employer. It can get worse—your jury duty might be cancelled. You’re probably wondering: ”If jury duty is cancelled, do I have to go to work?” DoNotPay will answer this question for you, and we’ll also tell you how to:

  1. Inform your employer about your jury duty
  2. Send a formal leave request letter by using DoNotPay

Do I Have To Go To Work if Jury Duty Is Cancelled?

If your jury duty is cancelled, you should contact your employer and ask them whether you should come to work—it depends entirely on them and your company’s policy. Keep in mind that you might not be able to go to work if you don’t have enough time to:

  • Go home and change into your uniform
  • Get to work from the court

If your employer doesn’t let you come back to work, they might be punishing you for serving jury duty—they don’t have the right to do so, and they are breaking the law. You can report them to the summoning court’s Legal Department.

Jury Duty and Working Nights

Working night shifts is already difficult enough without jury duty—that’s why some states forbid employers to force their night shift employees to work the shift. Check your state’s jury duty laws 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

In most cases, you won’t be required to work after midnight on the night before your first day of jury service. Your employer shouldn’t ask you to work even after your last day of service if the court releases you after 4 p.m.

Since jury duty is important and mandatory, you shouldn't skip it no matter how difficult it is to work it into your schedule—you may be fined or even imprisoned if you don’t respond to the summons.

Is My Employer Obligated To Pay Me During My Jury Service?

In most states, there are no laws regulating payment for serving on a jury. Your employer cannot fire you for serving jury duty, but they aren’t obligated to pay you either unless you’re an exempt employee who has done some work during jury duty service.

Still, there are a few states that obligate employers to pay their employees during service—they are:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • Tennessee

Do I Get Compensated for Jury Duty?

How much you’ll get paid for jury duty depends on your state, county, and the type of court (state or federal). Check out the table below to see the most common compensation amounts for state and federal courts:

Type of CourtCompensation
State court$20–$40
Federal court$50–$60

Informing Your Employer About Jury Duty Is a Breeze With DoNotPay

You will keep being called for jury duty even if you’re exempt from it once. If you want to be excused permanently, you’ll need to have a valid reason. Once you’re called, the most important step when you’re preparing for jury duty is notifying your employer about it. You will need to tell them roughly how long it will last, which is information you’ll get from the judge. You must inform your employer of your absence in time so that they can give you the required time off. DoNotPay will help you create a professional leave request letter that will remind your employer that they must provide time off for jury service by law.

To request time off, sign up for DoNotPay and follow the steps below:

  1. Select the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Provide the required information
  3. Upload a photo of your summons

If you want to learn more about which questions you might be asked during the selection process or other related topics, consult DoNotPay’s learning center.

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