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

Length of service. Jurors serve an orientation day and the length of a trial, if chosen. Citizens have to serve on jury duty only once in a 12-month period.
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Exemptions/excusals. Requests to be excused from jury duty must be made in writing to the court on the summons 2 weeks before the date of appearance. Practicing physicians and dentists, lawyers and judges, active members of the military, and police officers and firefighters are excused from jury service, although some may choose to serve. Citizens who do not show up for jury duty face arrest for contempt of court.
Hawaii law prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening, or otherwise coercing an employee because he or she responds to a summons, attends court as a prospective juror or witness, or serves as a juror or witness. An employee discharged in violation of this provision may sue for up to 6 weeks' lost wages, reinstatement, and attorney's fees (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 612-25, Sec. 621-10.5).
Private employees. State law does not require employers to pay employees for absences caused by 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 additional information.)
Courts in Hawaii do pay jurors a per diem fee plus mileage. There is no state law that requires employers to reimburse employees for the difference between jury fees and their regular pay.
State employees. State workers are allowed reasonable time off with pay for jury or witness duty.
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a ...

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