What really happens if you miss jury duty?

Image of Jury with black shadows of people, representing a full jury.From: The Daily Dot


Ever wonder about jury duty?

Were you recently summoned to be at jury duty?

Do you really have time for jury duty?

What happens if you don’t show?

Serving on a jury is a civic duty 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 to serve on a jury 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 and simply not show up for jury duty?

The short answer is probably nothing.

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