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

Length of service. The length of jury duty service in Maine varies by court.
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Exemptions and deferrals. Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, judges, attorneys, and active duty members of the armed forces are exempt from jury duty. Courts have the authority to exempt individuals from jury duty based on physical or mental disability, undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, and public necessity. Requests for deferrals require documentation. Seasonal workers and students may ask for deferral of service to another time of year.
Jury duty. An employer may not threaten, coerce, or deprive an employee of employment or health insurance because the employee has been summoned for jury service, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service. An employer that violates this is subject to criminal prosecution (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Court appearance. Maine law does not address employee absences for court appearances.
Penalties. An employer who discharges an employee or terminates health insurance because of jury service may be liable for lost wages and/or health insurance benefits and required to reinstate the employee, provided that the suit is filed within 90 days of discharge. The employer may also be ordered to pay up to 6 weeks' worth of wages in damages as well as reasonable attorney's fees (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Jurors in Maine receive per diem compensation for attendance at jury duty as well as mileage reimbursement (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1215).
Maine law does not require employers to pay employees for absences due to jury duty (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court ...

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