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

Length of service. Those called to jury service in Arkansas serve a maximum of 24 days over 6 months.
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Excusal/postponement. Prospective jurors requesting to be excused from or a postponement of service because of extreme personal hardship or illness must contact the court clerk's office as indicated on the jury duty summons.
Jury duty. An employer may not discharge an employee because of absence from work as a result of jury duty. An employee may not be penalized with loss of sick leave or vacation time or subjected to any other penalty because of absence as a result of jury duty. Employees are required to give reasonable notice to the employer if summoned for jury duty. Employers that violate this provision are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor (AR Code Sec. 16-31-106).
Court appearance. In addition to compliance with the law regarding jury duty, public employers may not discharge or penalize (in any of the ways described under Jury duty in this section) an employee who serves as a witness (AR Code Sec. 21-4-213;AR Admin. Code Sec. 105.9.1).
Jurors in Arkansas are paid a per diem attendance fee; the amount of the fee is determined by the county.
Private employers. Arkansas law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences resulting from jury duty or court appearances. Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances regardless of exempt or nonexempt status. (See Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for more information.) 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 ...

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