The Ins and Outs of Minnesota Jury Duty
Have you been summoned for Minnesota jury duty? We will explain all the North Star State jury duty details, including:
- How it works
- How you can prepare
- Why you have to do it
- What can happen if you skip it
- How much you can get paid
- Why you can’t get fired for it
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Prospective jurors are selected from lists of:
- Licensed drivers
- State ID holders
- Registered voters
After you are summoned, you need to appear in court for orientation. During orientation on your first day, you will be asked a series of questions that will help the court determine whether you qualify for jury service.
The court will establish whether you meet the eligibility criteria for serving on a jury based on the questionnaire you got along with your summons. To qualify for jury duty in MN, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old
- A resident of the county where you received the summons
- Able to read, write, and understand English
- Mentally and physically capable of serving jury duty
You will not qualify for jury duty if you:
- Have been convicted of a felony
- Served as a state or federal juror within the past four years
Jury duty is important for the U.S. legal system because it enables a fair and just trial for all. If you fail to respond to summons or appear in court, you risk being fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to 90 days.
Check out the table below to see the details about jury duty compensation in MN:
|Type of Jury Duty||Compensation||Traveling Expenses|
|State||$20 per day||$0.54 per mile|
|Federal||$50 per day||$0.56 per mile|
By Minnesota law, your employer isn’t allowed to fire or penalize you in any way for serving jury duty. Even though you’re protected, you must let your employer know that you’ll be serving on a jury well in advance. When you receive your summons, show them to your employer so they can verify your jury duty.
There isn’t a Minnesota law that requires employers to pay the employees for time off, though. Keep in mind that exempt employees may get paid for jury service—if you worked any part of the week, you are entitled to your regular wages.
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Our AI-powered app will draw up a letter based on the details you provide about your jury duty. We can also send the letter to your employer on your behalf.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Sign up for DoNotPay and select the Request Jury Duty Leave feature
- Provide information about:
- Type of court
- State that summoned you
- Company where you work
- Name and location of the summoning court
- Estimated duration of service
- Upload a picture of your summons (which will serve as proof of your jury service)
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