A Jury of Our Peers
Jury duty is a civic responsibility each of us takes part in to maintain the legal system. Citizen juries aid courts in determining the facts of a case and how to rule based on hearing the evidence presented at trial.
The state compiles a master list for jury selection from the current voter registration list for the county along with names from other lists that show residency. For every two year period, you can serve up to 10 days of jury duty.
If you’ve been summoned to jury duty, you must fill out a qualification form. If you fail to return a completed qualification form you will be summoned to appear before the jury commission to complete the qualification questionnaire form. Failure to appear at this hearing or to show good cause for not complying with the court can lead to criminal contempt charges as well. Willfully misrepresenting the information you put on the questionnaire to avoid or secure service is a misdemeanor.
You can only be excused from jury duty for medical reasons by turning in a physician’s report on the nature of your disability. Otherwise, jury duty can only be postponed by a showing of undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, public necessity, or that the juror is a mother breastfeeding her child.
An employer can not threaten your employment for responding to a jury summons. An employer who violates this statute can face criminal contempt charges and you can bring a civil action for up to three times the amount of wages lost.
You can be paid up to $25 per half day of attendance in court, unless you had to travel more than 30 miles to get to court. Then you will be paid $10-50 for every half day. The county will also pay mileage from your residence to court. Compensation for jurors’ mileage costs varies from county to county.