From: The Daily Dot
By: Grant Pardee
The following article, by Grant Pardee, appeared in the Daily Dot.
What happens to you if you blow off juror duty?
Jail? Fine? or even worse?
Find out here:
Serving jury duty is a civic responsibility and part of what keeps the American judicial system honest. It’s also an inconvenient pain will cost you time and money, unless you’re lucky enough to be in a salaried position that’s OK with you missing an indeterminate amount of time.
Your odds of being chosen for jury duty are actually quite low, according to FiveThirtyEight, which reported that last year only 64,000 people were selected for federal jury service in the United States. That’s significantly less 1 percent of the adult population.
But what happens if you are summoned and decide to ignore it? What happens if you miss jury duty?
The short answer is probably nothing.
The longer answer is also probably nothing, but it depends. The reality is that it’s generally not in the court’s best interests to spend time and resources tracking down people who don’t show up for jury duty. It’s time-consuming; more case dockets to their workload; and is generally a futile and fruitless exercise when the court’s attention could be better spent elsewhere. Not to mention, judges in many areas are electable and accountable to the public, so sending out fines and then sussing out who actually did or did not receive the summons is a headache that most courts would prefer to avoid.
That doesn’t mean, however, you should ignore your summons and not show up for jury duty. Just because it’s unlikely you will be penalized, it can happen.