When a person is summoned to serve on a jury, that activity is called jury duty. The jury is responsible for listening to the case to determine the guilt or liability of a defendant. Jury duty is mandatory, unless the juror is excused from serving on the jury by the court.
An individual can miss jury duty in two ways:
The exact punishment for missing jury duty depends on whether a judge finds you in contempt of court.
The presiding judge will send the potential juror or juror notice of the contempt. The individual is given an opportunity to have a hearing. A jury trial is not guaranteed.
The court does not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is in civil contempt.
A person found in civil contempt may be sentenced to:
The exact amount of time in jail depends on the jurisdiction. It can be a couple days or few months. For example, in Florida, a person can be sentenced to about six months in jail for missing jury duty.
Fines also vary by jurisdiction. An individual may pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 for missing jury duty.
You can face serious penalties for missing jury duty. If you miss jury duty, you want to consult a criminal lawyer. Your lawyer may help you avoid the serious consequences of missing jury duty.
Last Modified: 12-06-2017 12:35 AM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
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