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

Verification of service. Jurors must show the summons for jury duty to the employer the next working day after receipt. Upon request of the employee, the person responsible for jurors will provide the employee with a statement showing the number of hours of service if the service was less than 3 hours.
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Frequency of service. The frequency with which a qualified citizen may be called depends on the needs of the county of residence.
Postponement of service. Prospective jurors with a legitimate reason may ask that their time of service be delayed to within 12 months of the original summons. Summoned jurors who do not appear are subject to a fine.
Jury duty. It is unlawful for an employer to discharge, eliminate benefits, or otherwise penalize an employee for taking time off for jury duty as long as the employee shows the summons to his or her employer the day after receiving it. The employee is entitled to time off from work for each day that jury duty exceeds 3 hours. In addition, employees are excused from shiftwork that immediately precedes the first day of jury service and, thereafter, from shiftwork within 24 hours of the day of the jury service (TN Stat. Sec. 22-4-106).
An employee who has been fired, demoted, or suspended in violation of this law is entitled to reinstatement as well as lost wages and benefits. An employer that violates any of these provisions is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor (TN Stat. Sec. 22-4-106).
Exemptions. This law does not apply to employers that regularly employ fewer than five people or to temporary employees employed for fewer than 6 months.
Jurors receive a per diem amount, as well as mileage reimbursement. The amount is determined by the county.
Jury duty. Under Tennessee law, employers must pay their employees “usual compensation” for time spent serving and traveling to and from jury service. The employer has the discretion to deduct any juror fee or expense payment received from the court (

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