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Additional Federal Jury Duty Information

Failure To Report For Jury Duty
Title 28 United States Code, Section 1864 (b) states that persons who are summoned to appear for Federal Jury Service and fail to appear may then be ordered to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court for non-compliance with the court summons. Persons then failing to appear or to show cause for non-appearance may be fined $1000.00 and/or imprisoned for not more than three days and/or be required to perform community service.

Job Protection
You are protected by Federal Statute, Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1875, from being discharged, intimidated or coerced by your permanent employer because of your Federal Court jury service. Further information is available from the jury office.

Electronic Equipment Restrictions
Please note that cellular phones, cameras, computers, recorders, etc., are not allowed in the Federal Courthouse.

Message To Employers
Your employee has been summoned to jury duty in the United States District Court.

Jurors are obligated to remain 'on call' for jury service up to 15 business days. During that time, they may be called to serve on a jury. Jurors normally serve from 9AM to 4PM. If selected to serve on a trial, average trial time is 5 to 7 days. In most instances, the burden of Federal Court jury service is not so overwhelming that it could not be absorbed by business or other establishments with relative ease.

You may not know that in order to ensure that the serious need for federal court jurors is met, in 1978 the "Protection of Juror's Employment Statute" Title 28, United States Code, Section 1875 was enacted. The statute demonstrates the attitude of the United States Congress toward assuring adequate representation and the corresponding duty of employers to their employees and the justice system. Financial hardship claimed as an excuse by an individual summoned for jury duty is not usually a valid reason for the Court to grant release from service. Unless there are some compelling reasons for that excuse, it will not be granted.

If your employment policy is against paying employees while they are on jury duty, you are now asked to reconsider that policy. Federal jurors are paid $40.00 per day for their service. Paying the difference between your employee's salary and the juror attendance fee is strongly encouraged, if possible.

Grand Jury
A federal grand jury is a body of citizens consisting of twenty-three persons who sit , in secrecy, to hear evidence concerning crimes against the laws of the United States. Federal grand jury service ordinarily lasts eighteen months. Jurors can generally expect to sit one day each week between the hours of 9:30 to 4:00 P.M., with a one hour break for lunch.

During a grand juror's term of service, certain days off will be allowed for specific reasons if the juror has been excused in advance from the Court. Thus grand jury will not interfere with important business meetings, planned vacations, or doctor's appointments. Absences, however, should only be requested for truly important reasons since the grand jury must have a quorum of at least sixteen members present to conduct business.

Grand jurors are compensated at the rate of $40.00 per day and 54 cents per mile for each day of actual attendance. Jurors are also reimbursed for all parking and toll fees. Juror checks are mailed to the address of the juror. Certificates of attendance are prepared for grand jurors on each day of actual attendance.

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