A Complete Guide to Indiana Jury Duty

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Key Information About Indiana Jury Duty

Being called to serve on a jury can be a nuisance, but it is an important civic duty. You have to do your jury service because it enables fair and just trials for all.

This article will tell you all about Indiana jury duty—how it works, who can qualify, how long it lasts, how much you will get paid, and how you can prepare for it. If you don’t know how to request time off from your employer, , and we will do it for you.

Indiana Jury Duty Laws

Here’s an overview of key aspects of jury duty:

Main Facts About Jury Duty in IndianaDescription
QualificationsTo qualify for jury duty in Indiana, you must be:
  • A citizen of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident of the court’s county for at least one year
  • Able to read, speak, and understand English

You will not qualify if you:

  • Have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from fulfilling your duty
  • Are charged with a felony
Selection processProspective jurors are selected at random from a list of local citizens eligible to serve on a jury. After being summoned, prospective jurors must show up in court and answer questions that help determine whether they can be objective about the case
Frequency of being summonedYou can be called for jury duty once a year
Consequences of not attendingIf you cannot provide a justifiable reason for skipping jury duty, you may be found in criminal contempt. The court may penalize you by:
  • Issuing a fine of no more than $100
  • Sending you to jail for no more than three years
CompensationWhen you show up on your first day, you will receive an appearance fee of $15. If you get selected, you will be paid $40 for each day you serve.

Serving on a federal jury will get you the following:

  • $50 attendance fee for each day
  • $0.56 per mile for your trip

How To Get Out of Jury Duty in Indiana

You can be exempt from jury duty if you:

  1. Are over 70 years old
  2. Served on a federal grand or petit jury within past two years
  3. Are caring for a child under ten years of age whose health and safety would be jeopardized because of your service
  4. Are on active military duty
  5. Have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from rendering satisfactory jury service

Can You Get Fired Because of Jury Duty?

According to Indiana jury duty law, your employer doesn’t have the right to fire you or penalize you in any way for performing jury duty. The employer must give you time off, but they aren’t obligated by law to pay you and can ask you to verify your jury duty obligations.

Any employer who punishes their employee will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which can lead to a fine of $1,000 or 180 days of imprisonment.

Request Jury Duty Leave With DoNotPay

DoNotPay can create a leave request letter that complies with Indiana jury duty laws. To create your letter in a few minutes, and follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Add all the necessary information
  3. Indicate the number of days you need off
  4. Upload a photo of your jury summons
  5. Specify whether you want us to send your letter

If you decide to send the letter yourself, you can download it and submit it to your employer.

In case you live in Lake County or Marion County, explore our learning center for more specific details.

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