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

Length of service. Jurors are expected to be available for 30 court days, but this can vary by location of the court and the judge in charge. Those seated on a jury must stay for the duration of a case.
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Excusal from jury duty. There are no exemptions from jury duty for specific professions in Kentucky. Prospective jurors are seldom excused from jury duty except for extreme emergencies; employers should not try to intercede to get employees excused. Those with a legitimate medical problem must submit to the court a letter from a physician proving incapacity.
Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, threaten, or otherwise penalize an employee for attending court for prospective jury service or for serving as a juror. An employee who is discharged in violation of this provision may be entitled to lost wages, reinstatement with full seniority and benefits, damages, and attorney's fees, provided that the suit is filed within 90 days of discharge (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 29A.160). Any employer that violates this provision is guilty of a class B misdemeanor (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 29A.990).
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge an employee for responding to a subpoena to appear in any local, state, or federal court provided that the employee gives notice to the employer by presenting a copy of the court certificate. An employee who is discharged in violation of this provision may be entitled to lost wages, reinstatement, and attorney's fees (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.415).
Jurors receive a per diem payment from the state while on jury duty.
Private employees. Kentucky state law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences resulting from jury duty or court appearance. Although not ...

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