District of Columbia Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Length of service/proof of service. The average length of jury service is 3 to 5 days. However, it can be as little as 1 day or longer if the juror is seated on a trial.
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Jurors may obtain proof of service online from the eJuror online service. Grand jurors continue to receive payments and proof of service statements by mail.
Deferrals. Requests for deferral of jury service can be made online to the eJuror online service. The date selected for the referral must be the same day of the week as the original summons. Only one deferral may be requested.
For more information, go to http://www.dccourts.gov.
The District of Columbia prohibits employers from discharging, threatening, or otherwise coercing workers who are summoned for jury duty or serve as jurors, or who are summoned for witness service. Employers that violate the law may be charged with contempt of court, fined, and imprisoned up to 30 days for a first offense. Subsequent offenses could result in a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 180 days' imprisonment. Employees discharged in violation of this provision may sue for reinstatement, lost wages, damages, and attorneys' fees (DC Code Sec. 11-1913).
Private employers. Private employers with 10 or more employees are required to grant up to 5 days' paid leave for an employee's grand jury or petit jury duty, less any fees received from the court (DC Code Sec. 15-718). An employee is not eligible for paid leave for jury duty if he or she would not have earned wages while serving on jury duty or would not have worked more than half of a shift that extends into the next day.
Jurors whose employers are not required to pay them will receive a juror service fee from the court. Jurors not on grand ...

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