What Happens if You Don’t Go to Jury Duty in Florida? Learn Here!
Most people don’t jump with joy when they receive a jury duty summons. While jury duty is an important and mandatory civic duty, it can cause serious inconvenience for you, especially if you are employed. Even bigger inconvenience is being called multiple times for jury duty because you need to prepare, tell your employer well in advance so you can get time off, and answer multiple personal questions during the selection process.
If you’re thinking about skipping jury duty, we advise you against it—DoNotPay will tell you what happens if you don’t go to jury duty in Florida since the consequences are far from pleasant.
If you need help informing your employer about your jury duty leave, .
Jury Duty in Florida—FAQ
Check out the table below to learn about the basics of jury duty in Florida:
|Frequently Asked Questions||Answers|
|How are jurors selected?||Prospective jurors are selected from lists of driver's license holders. To qualify for jury duty, you must be:
Prospective jurors are called in for the orientation day, during which the judge and attorneys ask them questions to determine whether they can be objective in a trial
|How long does jury duty last?||Jury duty typically lasts one day, but it can be longer since the length of the trial depends on the complexity of the case|
|How much is jury duty paid in Florida?||In state courts, jurors are paid $15 per day of service for the first three days. After the three days, jurors are paid $30 per day.
Federal jurors are paid $50 per day
|How frequently can you be called for jury duty in Florida?||You can be called for jury duty in Florida once a year|
What Is the Penalty for Missing Jury Duty in Florida?
Failure to appear for jury duty in Florida will have severe consequences, such as:
- A fine of no more than $100
- Being found in contempt of court, which means that you refused to obey a legal order issued by a judge
- Community service
- Jail time
Contempt charges mean that you will have to show up in court before a judge to show you had a valid reason for missing jury duty. If you cannot provide one, the court may order you to serve on a new date and issue any of the mentioned penalties.
Can You Be Exempt From Jury Duty in Florida?
It is possible to get out of jury duty in Florida. You may be exempt if you are:
- Over 70 years old
- An expectant mother
- Not employed full time
- Responsible for the care of children under six
- A student whose class schedule conflicts with jury duty
- A member of the military out of country or state
You can also be exempt if you have already served jury duty within the previous year (excluding the federal jury).
DoNotPay Helps You Get Jury Duty Leave Effortlessly
You might not be familiar with state laws that protect you from being fired for serving jury duty. This is why DoNotPay is here—to provide you with a professional leave request letter that will be based on the Florida jury duty laws.
To use our services, and do the following:
- Open the Request Jury Duty Leave feature
- Provide information regarding:
- The type of court that summoned you
- State where you reside
- Name of the company you work in
- Date when you must report for jury service
- Name and location of the court
- Upload the picture of your summons (this will serve as proof for your employer)
DoNotPay has other useful guides for Floridians—check out specific rules about jury duty in Lee and Orange County in our learning center.
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