Even though many people may dislike it, jury duty is one of the most important civic responsibilities an American citizen has. A strong judiciary could not function without juries composed of average citizens.
Postponing Jury Service in New York
The New York Unified Court System permits individuals to postpone jury duty once. Simply submit the online form or call 800-449-2819 to request a postponement. You must provide your jury index number. When requesting a postponement, you must also select a new date of service within the following two to six months.
Finally, ensure that you submit your postponement request at least one week before your jury duty is scheduled to begin. In rare circumstances, you can seek an excusal. In order to do so, you must submit a request directly to the county’s jury commissioner.
How Much Do Jurors Get Paid?
Some individuals desire to avoid jury duty because they believe they cannot miss work. While serving on a jury will not make you rich, jurors do receive a daily stipend paid by either the state or the individual’s employer, if that employer is large enough.
The daily stipend is $40, though it may be increased for trials lasting longer than 30 days. If money is not an issue but you are concerned about missing work and/or losing your job, you should know that an employer is required by law to allow you to serve on a jury and cannot fire you for doing so.
What If You Skip Jury Duty?
Attempting to avoid jury duty is not something you desire. First, it is detrimental to the state’s courts when individuals fail to appear and take jury duty seriously. However, if you decide to avoid jury duty, you may be subject to certain penalties.
If you fail to appear for jury duty, a judge may find you in contempt of court. This is punishable by a fine of up to $250. In addition, you would still be required to serve on a jury at a later date. If necessary, it is much simpler to request a postponement, select a new date, and ultimately complete jury duty.
Completing Your Jury Duty
Citizenship in the United States confers numerous privileges and rights, but few civic responsibilities. Voting is a requirement, but there is no penalty for those who choose not to vote. Jury duty, on the other hand, is obligatory and failure to serve carries penalties.
Despite the fact that many may complain, the vast majority of citizens perform their civic duty and take jury duty seriously. Judges and attorneys are grateful for this.
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