Find Out How the New York Supreme Court Jury Duty Works
You will also need to take time off from work for as long as the trial lasts—but not before your employer verifies your jury duty! To send a leave request letter to your employer without a hassle, register for our app!
Federal jury service is mandatory for all U.S. citizens older than 18. Jurors are randomly selected from the jury pool, composed of:
- Registered voters
- Licensed drivers
The random selection allows jurors to represent a diverse community in terms of age, race, gender, and political affiliation.
Check out the table below to see the eligibility requirements for jury duty in New York:
|You are eligible for jury duty if you are:
||You do not qualify for jury duty if you are:
If you are selected to be a juror, you have to be available throughout the duration of the trial—which can take up to a few months— each working day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you serve as a federal juror in the Supreme Court, you will be paid $50 per day, regardless of the state you reside in. You can also demand travel compensation of $0.54 per mile from your place of accommodation to the courthouse and back. You will receive $60 per day if the trial lasts longer than ten days.
All jurors are paid four to six weeks after the conclusion of their service.
Jury duty is mandatory for all those selected by the court since it is the basis of a democratic judicial system. If you fail to appear without having a valid reason, you are in contempt of court and can be penalized. The court will assign you another date for future jury service.
You can request a postponement from jury service if you:
- Are a breastfeeding mother
- Have served as jury in the last six years
- Are a full-time student
You cannot delay jury duty if your employer is not allowing you time off to fulfill your responsibility. State law mandates that employers need to give time off to all staff members with a valid jury summons. If your employer threatens, intimidates, or discharges you, they can be punished with a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment of 30 days.
If you receive a summons, you need to inform your employer so they can make the necessary arrangements and grant you time off. This process can be complicated, especially if you keep getting called and your employer wants you to skip jury duty. This is where DoNotPay steps in! Our app can create a leave request that complies with all state laws to ensure that your employer cannot fire you.
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- Select the Request Jury Duty Leave product
- Answer our chatbot’s questions
- Upload a photo of the jury summons
- Inform us whether you would like us to send the letter in your stead
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