Jurors are chosen randomly from voting lists. A juror usually serves 1 day unless chosen to be on a jury panel. A citizen is only excused from jury service for business reasons if the business or commercial or agricultural entity would have to close if the person were to serve.
Private employers.South Carolina law does not require private employers to pay employees while they are absent for jury duty or a court appearance. Although not required to do so, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status. Refer to Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for more information.
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation to do so and that it is the company's responsibility to support the fulfillment of that obligation. This is achieved by protecting the employee from loss of income and by making the necessary arrangements to cover for him or her during the required absence. This is not to say that problems won't arise when an individual is kept out of work for weeks at a time, or when an employee in a position of crucial importance is called to jury or witness duty unexpectedly. But for the most part, employers seem to be willing to reimburse their employees for a reasonable length of time spent serving on a jury or as a witness. Some courts pay jurors a small fee, and the employer may offset any amounts received by an employee for a particular week against the salary due for that particular week.
State employers. State employees must be granted paid leave for jury duty. Any jury fees and travel payment are retained by the employee. This leave ...