Question #38: Have you ever sat on Jury Duty

I wish! I have sat through jury selection many of times but I was never selected. I have went to every Jury Summons I have ever received. I have even signed up for my State Grand Jury. I think everyone should take advantage of our civil responsibility to sit on jury duty.

Juror Qualifications - To be legally qualified for jury service, an individual must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • reside primarily in the judicial district for one year;
  • be adequately proficient in English to satisfactorily complete the juror qualification form;
  • have no disqualifying mental or physical condition;
  • not currently be subject to felony charges punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; and
  • never have been convicted of a felony (unless civil rights have been legally restored)

When you are called to jury duty that service is mandatory - the person summoned for jury duty must attend. Failing to report for jury duty is illegal. Repeatedly ignoring a jury summons without explanation will result in strict penalties, which may include being fined or a bench warrant issued for contempt of court. However, there are many reasons you can be excused from jury duty: economic hardship, personal opinions, felony conviction, family issues, physical and mental disabilities are just a few.

There are three groups that are exempt from federal jury service:
> members of the armed forces on active duty
> members of professional fire and police departments
> public officers-  of federal, state or local governments, who are actively engaged full-time in the performance of public duties.
-- Persons employed on a full-time basis in any of these categories are barred from serving on federal juries, even if they desire to do so.

Potential jurors may be asked to serve as a juror in a trial, or they be dismissed. The Judge, the prosecutor, and the defense can dismiss potential jurors for various reasons.

Your employers are not allowed to fire any employee for being called to jury duty. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 6322 government employees are in a paid status of leave for the duration spent serving as a juror.

I am running for office to be the change I want to see. Thank you for your support and VOTE#VoteWisdom4Congress

Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.

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