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

Jurors are randomly selected from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation list of citizens with driver's licenses or identification cards who live in the area served by their county's circuit court. Some circuit courts also use other lists.
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Time-off requirements. Persons are eligible for jury service every 2 to 4 years, depending on their county's terms of service. Prospective jurors may be required to attend court for more than 5 days unless they are selected for a jury. Those selected for a jury may not serve more than 31 consecutive days. For more information, go to http://www.wicourts.gov.
Deferral of jury service. A court may defer jury service because of extreme inconvenience; deferrals require documentation on the basis of the request. The prospective juror must inform the court of potential conflict as soon after the summons is received as possible. Postponement requests may be submitted online to the Wisconsin Court System at https://juryrequest.wicourts.gov.
Failure to appear. Citizens who do not appear for jury service and who have not requested a deferral may be summoned to court and fined, depending on the policy of their county.
Jury duty. Wisconsin law requires employers to give employees time off for jury service without adverse effect on seniority or pay raises. In addition, employers are prohibited from discharging or disciplining employees for serving as jurors (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 756.2555).
Court appearance. Similarly, an employer may not discharge an employee who has been subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case. However, the employee must notify the employer of the subpoena on or before the first business day after receiving the subpoena (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 103.87).
Penalties. Violation of either the jury duty or the court appearance provision carries a fine of up to $200 and entitles the employee to reinstatement and back pay (

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