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

Specifics of jury service in Missouri are determined by local jurisdictions.
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Length of service. Jurors are called for a term of service as indicated on the summons and the length of the trial if they are placed on a jury. The use of laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices in jury rooms varies by court jurisdiction.
An employer cannot require an employee to take vacation, personal, or sick leave in order to serve on a jury (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 494.460),
Exemptions/postponement. Missouri courts give only a small number of exemptions in cases of extreme physical or financial hardships. Judges can postpone jury service for 6 months because of hardship on a onetime only basis (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 494.432).
Requests for medical excusal must be accompanied by a note from a doctor. Jurors will be notified when the request has been accepted or denied..
Jury duty. Missouri law prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening, disciplining, or otherwise taking adverse action against an employee because he or she takes time off to serve on jury duty (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 494.455).
A discharged employee can sue for reinstatement, lost wages, and other damages, as well as attorneys' fees (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 494.460).
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge or discipline any witness, victim, or member of a victim's immediate family for honoring a subpoena to testify in a criminal proceeding, attending a criminal proceeding, or participating in the preparation of a criminal proceeding (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 595.209).
Counties or cities not within a county may elect to compensate jurors and pay mileage to and from the courthouse. They may also authorize increases in compensation to ...

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