Your Guide to Jury Duty—Oklahoma Edition

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Essential Information About Jury Duty in Oklahoma

Have you been summoned for jury duty in Oklahoma? This is a key responsibility for all Americans and should not be taken lightly.

While the prospect of missing work may be stressful, keep in mind that Oklahoma offers a daily rate for jurors and that legal protections ensure you cannot lose your job due to jury duty.

Just because your boss is required to give you time off for jury duty, that doesn’t make it easy to ask for it. DoNotPay can help you draft a professional and detailed letter to get you the work leave you need to be a juror.

Oklahoma Jury Duty 101

Jury duty works by selecting citizens to hear the details of a legal case and rule on whether the accused is innocent or guilty. Serving on a jury is a civic duty that supports the legal system.

You are a prospective juror as determined by a random lottery of state residents. Eligible jurors must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Oklahoma residents
  • Qualified Oklahoma electors
  • Deemed mentally and physically competent

While it may seem like you keep getting called for jury duty, Oklahoma laws ensure citizens are not summoned more than once every two years. Oklahoma jury duty usually lasts 2–3 days but can take longer for more complicated cases.

Juror compensation ranges from state to state. Oklahoma jurors are entitled to $50 per day for the first ten days. After that, they can receive up to $200 per day in replacement wages.

Federal jury duty follows different standards and offers a $50 daily wage.

How To Get Out of Jury Duty in Oklahoma

Skipping jury duty will result in contempt charges and additional fines. Oklahoma courts grant exemptions for some of the following commonly cited grounds:

Reasoning Exemption (Yes/No)
Active duty military Yes
Breastfeeding mother Yes
70+ Yes
Physical or mental disability Yes
Served as a juror within past five years Yes
Teacher No
Law enforcement officer No
Firefighter No

If you have cause for an exemption, you can contact the court to request an excuse ahead of time or declare your reasoning during questioning in the jury selection. Potential excuses include:

  • Illness
  • Childcare (for legal custody of children up to 10 years of age)
  • Disability due to permanent or chronic condition (with a doctor’s note)

If you are not granted an excusal, you can apply to postpone your jury duty instead. This is a viable option for prospective jurors that have a short-term or immediate conflict with their jury duty.

What To Do if Oklahoma Jury Duty Conflicts With Work

The first step in preparing for jury duty is to ensure you have booked the time off at work. Employers can verify jury duty by retaining a copy of the summons letter.

In your request letter, you will need to detail the court at which you will be serving and the timeframe in which the case will be considered.

DoNotPay Can Simplify Your Time Off Request

If you’re not sure how to begin drafting your time off request for jury duty, DoNotPay will help. We offer a tool explicitly designed to walk you through this process step by step, ensuring that you don’t omit any necessary details.

Here is how it works:

  1. Sign up or sign in to DoNotPay
  2. Call up the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
  3. Key in the specific information about the court included in your summons letter
  4. Select which days you will be absent from work
  5. Upload a photo of your summons that your employers can verify

You can then choose to:

  1. Print the letter and send it to your employers
  2. Let DoNotPay email the letter on your behalf

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