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How was I chosen? Your name was chosen at random from driver's license and voter registration lists. How frequently might I have to serve? You cannot be required to attend court for more than one day, except as necessary to complete service in a trial. You cannot be required to serve on, or report for, more than one jury trial in a two-year period. After that, whether or not you are called again depends on if your name is randomly selected.
What if my boss doesn't want me to serve? The law makes it clear that you must be excused from your job for jury service. You cannot be fired, demoted, or disciplined in any way for performing this public duty. Your employer faces civil and criminal penalties for violations. (Utah Code Section 78B-1-116)
Will I be paid for jury service? You will be paid $18.50 for the first day of service and $49 for each subsequent day of service. Some employers are willing to pay their workers at the normal rate during jury service, and the workers then turn over the jury fee to the employer. If you have to drive more than 50 miles to the courthouse, the court will pay you $1 for each four-mile increment over 50 miles, one-way. If you provide proof of payment, you may be reimbursed for parking or public transportation costs.
Can I be excused from jury service? Judges can excuse you for public necessity, extreme inconvenience, or if you are incapable of jury service. Clerks can sometimes, but not always, accommodate your schedule. Everyone is inconvenienced to some degree by jury service, but for the system to work, people from all walks of life must be willing to serve. Those who refuse to complete the juror questionnaire or refuse to appear when called to serve are subject to fines and jail time for contempt of court.
Once I qualify for jury service, how long am I eligible? You are subject to being summoned for jury service at any time during the term, until you actually attend court. After that, you cannot be summoned again for at least two years.
What happens after I am qualified for jury service? Sometime during the term, you are likely to be notified by the court that you are "on call" for jury service. The court will let you know how to keep in touch. Some courts have a call-in system, where potential jurors check in each evening to see if they will be needed at the courthouse the next day.
You need to let your employer or teachers know when you are "on call" for jury service. Do not take time off from work or school until you have actually been instructed to come to the courthouse. The court cannot issue a letter stating that you have served on a jury if you were never called.
How do I prepare for jury service? Be sure to arrive at the courthouse on time. A latecomer can hold up a trial involving scores of people. Instructions from the court will tell you where to park and where to report in the building. Please wear appropriate attire-most courts prohibit shorts or tank tops.
For additional information regarding the Jury Selection and Jury Trial Process, please visit the Utah Courts Website.