Duty Calls—Why Do I Keep Getting Called for Jury Duty?
Jury duty is an essential pillar of the United States justice system as it allows a fair and unbiased trial to all. As a U.S. citizen, you must respond to your summons, and there are penalties if you fail to show up.
This can prove to be a problem if you get summoned multiple times and have to take time off work over and over again. You might have received several jury notices while others received none. Why’s that?
In this article, we will answer the following questions:
- Why do I keep getting called for jury duty?
- What makes me eligible to be a juror?
- What can I do if my employer wants to fire me or force me to miss out?
- How can DoNotPay help deal with the employer?
The way jury duty works is that you get randomly picked to serve as a juror. The bright side is, most courts will pay you for it. The federal courts pay $50 per day, while state courts reimburse your time with various amounts, depending on your state law. Here are some examples of state jury duty pays:
- Illinois and South Carolina—$0
- New Jersey, Missouri, and New Mexico—$5–$7.5
- Louisiana, Hawaii, and Iowa—$25–$30
- Connecticut, Arkansas, and Massachusetts—$50
Not everyone living in the U.S. can become a juror—even if you are eligible, you can serve on a jury only if you provide satisfying answers at the selection. Check out the following table to see eligibility requirements for jurors:
|Can Be on Jury Duty (All Criteria Must Be Met)||Cannot Be on Jury Duty|
Federal jury duty also exempts people who served in at least three cases within the past two years.
The jury duty selection process is random—courts go through voter registration and BMV lists to see who is eligible. Then, the software randomly selects 12 names.
Courts don’t have any specific reason for summoning you repeatedly, other than:
- The system has too few names to choose from
- Many people get exempt
- The software keeps picking your name accidentally
Employers are not keen on their staff missing out on work for any reason—jury duty included. Some cases can last for months, and if you keep getting called up, the employer may try to prevent you from going.
Luckily, the law stops employers from using jury duty as a reason to demote, fire, or threaten you. The problem is, not a lot of people know that. Each state has a different law with regard to employer penalties. The following table contains jury duty laws throughout the U.S. (including D.C.):
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- Answer a few questions
- Upload a photo of your jury summons
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