The Ins and Outs of North Carolina Jury Duty
Regardless of the critical role it plays in our society, jury duty can be tedious to manage. You should prepare for your time in court by finding out what is expected of you and what you’re entitled to as a juror.
This guide will explore the many aspects of jury duty, and if you sign up for DoNotPay, we can help you with one of the more frustrating tasks involved—asking your boss for time off.
Jurors are randomly drawn from a pool of eligible citizens, who must be:
- County residents
- Of legal age (18+)
- Pardoned of any felony convictions
- Able to speak and write English
- Competent both physically and mentally
- Of sound mind
As a prospective juror, there are a few critical rules you should know about:
- Your legal obligations
- Your employer’s legal obligations
On your first day, you will submit to a series of questions in the jury selection process. If the court, prosecution, or defense believes you are biased against any party involved in the case, you will be excused.
You are not exempt from jury duty because of your job—employers are required to provide unpaid time off.
North Carolina state law ensures your employer cannot discipline you at work because of jury duty. These laws prohibit the following forms of workplace punishment:
- Docked wages
Your employer is not obligated to pay your wages while you are on jury duty.
Prospective jurors commonly use the following ground to request jury duty exemption—North Carolina does not recognize them all:
Detail your cause for exemption from jury duty on the Qualification Questionnaire you received in the mail or online using the eJuror portal. If you have lost your form, you can contact the court for another copy.
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- Tell us about your job and your jury duty summons
- Provide a digital copy of your summons for verification
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