How Maryland Jury Duty Works
Trial by jury is the foundation of the American legal system and an important responsibility for every citizen. You have to do jury duty from time to time as a part of your contribution to the nation.
Maryland jury duty can be inconvenient—you need to request time off from work, answer jury selection questions, and more.
In this article, we’ll explore what it means to be a juror, how much you’ll be paid, and how to prepare for your duty. We can help with a key part of the process—DoNotPay can assist in drafting a time off request for your job.
Jury duty selection works by randomly drawing prospective members from a pool of Maryland residents that meet the following requirements:
- United States citizens
- Residents of the county associated with the court
- 18 years of age or older
- Able to understand English (written and spoken)
- Not affected by a medical or physical infirmity to the point of incompetence
- Not found guilty of a felony without pardon
State legislation restricts how often you are called for jury duty, depending on how long you have previously served as a juror:
- More than five days of service—summoned once every three years
- Fewer than five days of services—summoned annually
Consult this table to determine your Maryland juror pay:
|Court||Pay per Day||Travel Compensation|
|County and state||$15||No|
If your federal jury duty lasts longer than ten days, you will receive an additional $10 each day. Federal jurors can apply for reimbursements for travel and parking fees by submitting a Juror Reimbursement Form to the Maryland court system.
Maryland courts grant jury duty exemptions for:
- Active members of the military
- Breastfeeding mothers
- Those who have a disability (with a doctor’s note)
You can also explain your grounds for excusal during jury selection. On your first day in court, you will be asked a series of questions to ensure you have no bias that would affect the jury’s impartiality.
- A $1000 fine
- Up to 60 days in jail
You need to book your time off from work. Your employer cannot fire you for missing work during jury duty, but they are not obligated to compensate you according to your usual daily income while you serve as a juror. Maryland laws entitle you to unpaid leave while you serve as a jury.
Are you stressed about having to ask your boss for time off? DoNotPay will help—we can draft a professional request letter with all the necessary information to help you streamline the process.
Here’s how to expedite your time off request:
- Log into or register your DoNotPay account
- Select the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Input the necessary information
- Upload a photo of your summons for confirmation
After you’ve completed those steps, you will have the option of downloading a PDF copy to submit to your employers personally, or you can have DoNotPay take care of that as well.
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