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What Happens If You Don’t Show Up for Jury Duty?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Every citizen of the United States is eligible for jury duty. It is a civic responsibility that you are required, by law, to show up if you are called. There are legal reasons to get out of jury duty such as military service, attending school out of state or proven financial hardships.

When you are called for jury duty, you will receive an official summons to attend the selection process on a specific date, usually with instructions to check in the day prior to ensure the court date has not been moved or cancelled.

But do you really HAVE to go to jury duty? Yes, you are required, by law, to attend jury duty when called. There are Federal laws that help to protect your employment and require your employer to give you time off to attend.

If you fail to report for jury duty without an approved exemption, you can be fined or held in contempt of court. This is considered illegal, and you will be mandated to appear before the court. According to Minnesota Statute 593.42(4), not showing up for jury service is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Being summoned for jury duty does not always mean you will actually serve on a jury. You should, however, make arrangements and be prepared for the court date as much as possible. Notify your job, family or caregivers.

If you would like to know more about jury duty or have questions about your eligibility for exemption, please contact Thomason, Swanson & Zahn today.

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