The Ins and Outs of Washington, D.C., Jury Duty

Request Jury Duty Leave The Ins and Outs of Washington, D.C., Jury Duty

Washington, D.C., Jury Duty—All You Need To Know

Serving jury duty is an important part of the U.S. justice system because it enables fair and unbiased trial for everyone. If you are called for jury duty in Washington, D.C., you will need to know:

This article will tell you all you need to know about Washington, D.C., jury duty and help you write a professional leave request letter so that your employer can verify your jury duty. If you want to send the letter to your employer immediately, register for DoNotPay.

Who Can Be Selected for Jury Duty?

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen can be selected for jury duty. The selection process is done by a computer that draws juror names from:

  1. Lists of District of Columbia voters
  2. D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles lists of driver’s licenses or IDs
  3. D.C. Department of Tax and Revenue records
  4. Public assistance tolls

You will be able to qualify for jury duty if you are:

  • A citizen of the U.S. living in DC
  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to read, write, speak, and understand English

If you have pending felony criminal charges or have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights restored, you won’t be able to qualify for jury duty. People who have a permanent physical or mental disability that might prevent jury service won’t qualify for it either.

What Happens if You Skip Your Jury Duty?

If you can’t perform your jury service, you must submit an excuse in writing on the back of the questionnaire you will get with your summons. Failing to do so will make the court issue an order to the United States Marshal Service to bring you before a judge for a show-cause hearing at which you will explain the reason for avoiding jury duty. Anyone who fails to show good cause for failing to report might be fined or imprisoned.

How Long Can Jury Duty Last?

The table below shows how long you will have to serve as a petit or grand juror:

Type of Jury Duration
Petit
  • On call for two weeks
  • Serving approximately three to six days during two weeks
Grand
  • On call for 18 months
  • Serving approximately eight days a month

How Much Can You Expect To Be Paid?

If your employer doesn’t give you paid time off, the federal court will compensate you for your jury service. Non-government employees will be paid $50 per day. You will also get compensation of $7 a day for transportation.

You won’t have the right to compensation if your employer is paying you during your service.

Work and Jury Duty in Washington, D.C.

Protection of Employment of Jurors (Subsection 11-1913 of the D.C. Code) states that an employer must not deprive an employee of employment during their jury duty. It also says that the employer must not threaten or coerce an employee because they received a summons, responded to it, and served as juror. If an employer fails to pay the employee, they can bring a civil action for recovery of wages or salary lost as a result of this violation.

Use DoNotPay To Notify Your Employer of Your Jury Duty Leave

Do you keep getting called for jury duty but are afraid to respond because your employer might fire you? Don’t fret—DoNotPay can help you get time off for jury duty by helping you create a leave request in mere minutes! We know all the relevant laws that prevent your employer from firing you or creating any trouble when you need to perform your jury duty.

Sign up for DoNotPay and follow the steps below to create your request letter:

  1. Open the Request Jury Duty Leave tool
  2. Provide information regarding:
    1. Court that summoned you—state or federal
    2. Your company
    3. Name and location of the court
    4. Date when you’ll serve
  3. Provide a photo of your jury summons
  4. Notify us if you want us to send the letter on your behalf

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