New York Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Length of service. In New York state courts, citizens serve jury duty once every 6 years. If a citizen has served more than 10 days, he or she will not be called again for 8 years. Jurors may be called to town or village courts every 2 years.
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Excusal/postponement. There are no automatic exemptions from jury service in New York State. Jurors requesting excusal from jury service from the local commissioner of jurors may be asked for documentary proof of the reasons that they cannot serve. Prospective jurors who wish to postpone their date of service must do so 1 week before the may do so online using information from their jury duty summons.
Jury duty. .New York law prohibits employers from discharging or penalizing any employee who is summoned for jury service, provided the employee gives the employer prior notice. An employer that violates this section may be prosecuted for criminal contempt of court (NY Jud. Law Secs. 519 and 750).
Employers may ask that employees receive a "proof of service" from the court verifying their dates of service.
Court appearance for private employees. New York employers may not penalize or discharge an employee because he or she has been subpoenaed to appear as a witness or victim in a criminal proceeding, provided the employee gives the employer prior notice (NY Jud. Law Sec. 519).
A violation of this provision constitutes a class B misdemeanor (NY Penal Law Sec. 215.14).
Court appearance for state employees. The attendance rule for employees of New York State agencies was amended so that all employees would be eligible for paid leave to appear as a witness pursuant to a subpoena (NYCRR Sec. 28-1.9).
Court appearance for victims of crime. State criminal law prohibits ...

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