Montana Jury Duty Pay—How Much Should You Expect?
Curious about Montana jury duty pay? It’s a valid concern.
To fulfill your important civic duty as a juror, you will likely need to miss at least a few days of work. That’s time when you won’t make your regular income, which can be difficult to accommodate on a tight budget.
In this article, DoNotPay breaks down Montana jury duty pay and helps you draft a leave request to send to your employer hassle-free.
- Being held in contempt of court
- Paying fines
Prospective jurors get selected through a random draw of Montana residents that meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizens
- 18+ years of age
- Residents in the area in which they are summoned for at least 30 days
- No convictions for malfeasance, felonies, or other high crimes
Active jury duty can last up to two weeks, but you should expect to be on call for up to four months. The court may ask you to return and hear new evidence after the initial period.
Under state laws, you can be called for jury duty no more than once per year.
Montana jury duty laws stipulate that jurors are entitled to the following compensation:
|Time in court||$12/day|
The court will compensate you for a range of other expenses associated with your jury duty, including:
- Parking fare
- Toll fees
- Overnight accommodations
No—employers in Montana are under no obligation to compensate their employees while they serve on a jury.
Based on the usual length of a court case, you will make around $120 over the course of a case, which is likely not as much as you would earn at your day job.
Montana jury duty laws are limited in comparison with other states and offer no protection for employees that are penalized or dismissed as a result of their work absence during jury duty. If you are fired while serving as a juror, you can sue your employer based on the Jury Systems Improvement Act.
If you’d like to request an excusal, be ready to detail your grounds for excusal during questioning in jury selection—exemptions are often granted for:
- Breastfeeding mothers
- Those with chronic or debilitating conditions (with a doctor’s note)
You can request an excusal ahead of time by filling out a jury affidavit.
If you don’t qualify for an exemption, start preparing for jury duty by informing your employer about your upcoming absence from work. Give them a copy of your summons so that they can verify your duty and submit a formal leave request letter.
If you’re not sure how to word your time off request for jury duty, you should use DoNotPay. Our AI-powered app gives you access to a Request Jury Duty Leave tool to streamline the process.
Here is how to get the process started:
- Sign up or sign in to DoNotPay
- Open the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Provide additional information about the Montana court at which you will serve
- Explain which days you will be absent from work
- Upload a photo of your summons
Once complete, you can download and send the letter to your boss or have DoNotPay take care of it for you.
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