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What happens if you miss jury duty?

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If someone misses jury duty, the person could face an arrest warrant, fines or  jail time. Those who miss jury duty should call the Office of the Jury Commissioner to have the date rescheduled and avoid penalties.

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Jury duty is considered a mandatory civic duty for anyone who is summoned. Judges can issue letters to anyone who has missed the assigned jury duty date. Fines can range from $100 up into the thousands. For example, as of 2014, those who miss jury duty in Massachusetts can be fined up to $2,000. Judges can also rule that the person is in contempt of court, because the court system has been hindered by the missed jury date. This can result in jail time, ranging from a few days to a few months.

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    How do you legally get out of jury duty?

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    In order to legally get out of jury duty, evidence must be provided that the duty may cause hardship to the potential juror, or that it is extremely difficult to attend, according to Illinois Legal Aid. Being removed from jury duty is difficult, and in most cases, a postponement is granted.

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    Can a letter be written to explain why jury duty cannot be served?

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    It is possible to write a letter requesting to be excused from jury duty, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The letter should clearly state how being a juror would create undue hardship on the individual, and it should be submitted to the court clerk.

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    What is the maximum age for jury duty?

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    There is no upper age limit for federal courts in the United States. Individual federal, district, state, county and city courts follow their own procedures regarding age requirements and limits for jurors. Jurors must be at least 18 years of age, states United States Courts.

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    What rights do you have when asked to report for jury duty?

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    When selected for jury duty a person cannot be fired from their job due to absenteeism, a juror has the right to accommodations for disabilities or other health issues while serving and the right to reschedule service dates if there is a medical procedure, travel plans or care issue for a child or elderly person. There are options to be excused from jury duty, but these are difficult to obtain.

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