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

On the summons employees receive for jury duty is a tear-off section, Employer's Copy, which gives the specific date of the summons. Employees are instructed to submit this section to their employer 5 days before the date of the summons.
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Postponement of service.A prospective juror may request orally or in writing that the date of service be postponed to a date not to exceed 6 months from the original date.
Exemptions from jury duty. Judges, law enforcement officers, and pregnant women are excused from jury duty. A person may be excused from jury service by showing the service would cause hardship, extreme inconvenience, or public necessity.
Jury duty. An employer is prohibited from discharging or threatening to discharge any employee because of the length or nature of the employee's service on a grand or petit jury in the state of Florida. Violators may be found in contempt of court. In addition, any violation of this prohibition entitles the employee to sue the employer for compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees (FL Stat. Sec. 40.271).
Court appearance. An employee who is subpoenaed to testify in a judicial proceeding may not be discharged from employment because he or she is absent from work to testify or because of the nature of the testimony. An employer that violates this provision may be ordered to pay attorney's fees and damages, including punitive damages (FL Stat. Sec. 92.57).
Court appearance due to domestic violence or sexual violence. Employers must permit employees of 3 months' duration who are victims of domestic or sexual violence to take up to 3 days of leave in any 12-month period in order to attend and prepare for court-related proceedings arising from the violent ...

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