Vermont Jury Duty—How To Tell Your Employer That You Will Be Absent

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All You Need To Know About Vermont Jury Duty

Serving on a jury is an important civic duty because every person in the U.S. has the right to an unbiased trial. If you are summoned for jury duty, you will need to know how it works, how to prepare for it, and why you need to do it.

This article will tell you all about Vermont jury duty, including whether you can get fired for it, how long it will last, and whether you can expect compensation. If you need to inform your employer of your jury duty, to create a request letter for jury duty leave.

What Should You Do When You Get the Summons?

Once you get the jury duty summons, you will need to report for it. You can see court-specific reporting instructions on the Vermont Judiciary website. Follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Vermont Judiciary website
  2. Click on Court Specific Reporting Instructions
  3. Select your county

You should also complete a jury service questionnaire online or mail the paper copy within 14 days. To qualify for jury duty, you must be:

  • A citizen of the U.S. and 18 or older
  • Mentally and physically capable
  • Resident of the county where you got the summons
  • Able to read, write, understand, and speak English

You will not qualify if you have served a term of imprisonment in the state of Vermont after a conviction or felony. The court will not call you to be a juror for two years after you performed this service.

If you qualify for jury duty, you will need to call the number on the front page of your summons. You should call after 5 p.m. the day before your scheduled appearance date, and the recorded message will tell you whether you are needed.

Jury Duty in Vermont—The Important Details

To understand how jury duty works, you should review answers to the following questions:

  1. How long will the jury duty last?
  2. Can you be exempt from jury duty?
  3. How much will you get paid for jury service?

The Length of Jury Duty

The number of days you will serve depends on:

  • The workload of the court
  • Number of trials
  • Length of the trials

In most cases, you will be needed at the courthouse for ten days. An average jury duty day starts at 8 a.m. and ends by 4:30 p.m., but there’s always a chance that the trial might run later.

Exemptions to Jury Duty

You can request postponement or excusal if you:

  • Have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from serving as a juror
  • Have a hardship that makes it difficult to serve
  • Are caring for another person
  • Have a conflict with a service date

To be excused from jury duty, you will need to submit a detailed letter that explains your situation. In addition to the letter, you will need to provide other documents, such as a doctor’s note, a copy of travel reservations, or a copy of the student’s ID and class schedule.

Payment for Jury Duty

According to Vermont law, you cannot get fired for jury duty, but your employer isn’t required to compensate you while you serve, and that is why the court provides compensation. You will need to complete forms to request compensation, but you will not receive it if your employer is paying you for the time off.

Check out the table below to see how much you will be paid:

$15Up to four hours
$30For more than four hours

If you want to learn more about other state laws regarding pay, you can visit DoNotPay’s learning center.

Use DoNotPay To Request Leave

If you keep getting called for jury duty, you shouldn’t skip it on account of your work. DoNotPay can help you if you don’t know your rights regarding your time off. Your employer must verify your leave, and our app will help you create and send a professional leave request letter.

All you need to do is and follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
  2. Indicate whether you were summoned to a state or federal court
  3. Provide information about your employer
  4. Enter the number of days you will be absent
  5. Upload a photo of your jury summons

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