What Happens if You Miss Jury Duty in Washington State? DoNotPay Has the Answers
To uphold the judicial system and ensure a fair trial for all, U.S. citizens are required to serve as jurors at some point in their life. If you have been called for jury duty, you need to appear in court or risk being penalized.
What happens if you miss jury duty in Washington State? This guide will explain what you need to know about the jury duty process and how to prepare for it. If you want to inform your employer of jury duty, register for DoNotPay, and we will do it on your behalf.
The most frequently asked questions about jury duty are as follows:
- How does the jury selection process work?
- What qualifications do you need to be a juror?
- How long does jury duty last?
- Do you get paid for jury duty?
The court selects potential jurors from a pool of:
- Licensed drivers
- Registered voters
If you are selected as a candidate, you will have to appear in court at the scheduled date to fill out a questionnaire to ensure objectivity.
You are eligible to serve as a juror if you are:
- A citizen of the United States
- Above 18 years old
- Able to speak and read English
- Clear of felony or misdemeanor convictions
The duration of jury duty depends on whether you are selected to serve or not. Typically, most jurors spend a couple of days in court.
Jury service is an obligation that all U.S. citizens between 18 and 70 years of age must attend. Failure to do so is considered illegal and can result in any of the following:
- Fines up to $1,000
- Imprisonment for three days
- Community service
You can request to be legally excused from jury service if you are:
- On active duty in the armed forces, police, or fire department
- A breastfeeding mother
- A parent or legal guardian of children under 16 years
- Unable to perform jury duties due to old age
- At a critical position at your workplace
- Experiencing financial hardships
If you have been summoned for jury duty in the last two years, you can be excused.
To ask for an exemption, you can submit an application with supporting documents to the court clerk’s office. In Washington, you can only postpone jury duty twice during a 12-month period.
Once you receive the jury summons, you should inform your employer that you need to take time off. Your employer cannot threaten to fire you or force you to skip jury duty. If you don’t know the best way to communicate with your employer, let DoNotPay step in and do the hard work for you.
We will create a formal leave request letter that complies with all state laws and ensures that your employer verifies your duty and does not take advantage of you.
All you need to do is follow these instructions:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser
- Choose the Jury Duty Leave Request Letter product
- Enter information about the jury service
- Attach a photo of the jury summons
And that’s it! We will generate and forward the letter to your employer. If you want to send it yourself, we will provide a PDF that you can download and print.
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