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Kansas Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Length of service. Length of jury service varies with the county and the court.
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Exemptions/deferrals. Exemptions and deferrals are at the discretion of individual judges, who usually defer jury service to a more convenient time for one time only. Information on requesting deferrals is included on the summons. Requests for medical exemption must be accompanied by a confirmation from a physician. Nursing mothers may ask that their jury service be postponed until they are no longer breastfeeding (KS Stat. Sec. 43-158).
Failure to appear. A citizen summoned to jury duty who does not appear for service may be held in contempt and fined $100 per day of unexcused absence.
Job protection. Kansas law prohibits all employers from discharging or threatening to discharge any permanent employee because the employee attends court as a prospective juror or serves as a juror in any court in Kansas (KS Stat. Sec. 43-173(a)).
The employee is considered to be on furlough or a leave of absence and is entitled to participate in insurance and other benefits according to the employer's policies relating to leaves of absence. Upon return to work, the employee must be reinstated to his or her former job without loss of seniority. An employer that violates this provision may be ordered to reinstate the employee and may be held liable for lost wages, benefits, actual damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Private employers. No Kansas law specifically requires employers to provide leave for employees to serve as witness, but employees may be protected through other statutes, depending on circumstances.
Public employers. State government employees are entitled to leave with pay to comply with a subpoena to appear as a witness.

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