New Mexico Jury Duty—Everything Prospective Jurors Should Know
Have you been called for New Mexico jury duty? If you are eligible, it is bound to happen eventually.
You may be worried about what jury duty means for your day job. Whether you can get time off and afford to go without your normal pay can be stressful. This guide will answer your questions—and DoNotPay can assist with your jury duty leave request.
The selection process works by choosing citizens in a random draw. Eligible jurors must be:
- U.S. citizens
- At least 18 years of age
- New Mexico residents living in the county for which a jury may be convened
These prospective jurors answer a series of selection questions to eliminate any potential bias against the court or the accused person(s). This ensures the jury can rule fairly on the evidence presented to them when the case is tried.
You will serve on one of two types of juries:
- Trial jury—Six or 12 jurors rule on whether a defendant is guilty of an accused crime
- Grand jury—16 jury members hear the charges of an accused crime and decide whether an indictment is necessary
The key differentiator between these trial types is that a grand jury does not allow the defendant to argue their side of the case. Grand jury cases tend to last longer than trial juries.
From selection to verdict, New Mexico jury duty tends to last 2–7 days. State laws stipulate that the court will pay you $7.50 each day you serve as a juror. This nominal fee will only earn you $15–$52.50 over the course of a case. While most state juror compensation rates are lower than daily income, New Mexico is among the lowest in the country.
New Mexico offers the following jury duty exemptions:
If you do not qualify for an exemption, do not make the mistake of skipping your jury duty. Consequences include:
- You will be held in contempt of court
- You will be charged a fine
Preparing for jury duty starts by arranging time off with your employer. State law ensures you cannot lose your job because of jury duty, so don’t worry about making your boss mad. They can verify your jury duty with your summons or with a Certificate of Attendance.
Still not sure how to ask your boss for time off for jury duty? Allow DoNotPay to help—we offer a tool explicitly intended to facilitate the process.
Here is how it works:
- Sign up or sign in to DoNotPay
- Select the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
- Provide the specific information about the court detailed in your summons letter
- State the days on which you require time off
- Upload a photo of your summons letter for verification
Once you have completed those steps, we will compile all the details in a professional letter. You can then download and send the letter to your employers or have us do it for you—whichever you prefer.
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