FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Jury Duty

 

For your convenience, listed below are answers to commonly asked questions. If you require additional information, please call the Office of the Jury Commissioners at (724)284-5297.


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  1. How often may I serve Jury Duty?
  2. How was I chosen for Jury Duty?
  3. I am a full-time student and unable to miss classes. Will I still have to serve?
  4. I am on active duty in the military. How can I be excused?
  5. I either sent in a written request for excusal or checked the appropriate box in question #21 regarding excusals on the qualification form but haven't heard anything. What should I do?
  6. I haven't lived in Butler County for quite some time. Why did I get a jury summons?
  7. I recently served on jury duty. Do I have to serve again?
  8. I take medication and/or have medical problems. Do I still have to serve?
  9. I'm not a Butler County resident. Am I still eligible to serve?
  10. Is there an age limit for Jury Duty?
  11. My employer does not pay me while serving on jury duty. Do I still have to serve?
  12. My employer said it will create a hardship for them if I serve on Jury Duty. Is my job protected in any way?
  13. Will I be paid for jury service? If so, when will I receive payment?
  14. How may I request a postponement?



 



 
1.) How often may I serve Jury Duty?
Generally, jurors in Butler County can be selected to serve once every three years.
 
 
 
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2.) How was I chosen for Jury Duty?
A computer randomly selects your name from a master list which contains names of Butler County registered voters.
 
 
 
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3.) I am a full-time student and unable to miss classes. Will I still have to serve?
Full-time students are usually excused if requested. Please note that you are a full-time student in the Remarks Section of the Questionnaire or call Jury Management at (724)284-5297 upon receipt of a Jury Summons and request to be deferred. You may also send a separate written request.
 
 
 
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4.) I am on active duty in the military. How can I be excused?
Those on active duty with the U.S. or PA military will be excused if requested. Please note that you are on active duty in the Remarks Section of the Questionnaire or call Jury Management at (724)284-5297 upon receipt of a Jury Summons and request to be deferred. You may also send a separate written request.
 
 
 
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5.) I either sent in a written request for excusal or checked the appropriate box in question #21 regarding excusals on the qualification form but haven't heard anything. What should I do?
It is your responsibility to check on your juror status. Call our office (724)284-5297 for an update. Your request for excusal may have been denied, and therefore, you will need to either report or phone-in as instructed on your summons. You should receive notice regarding your request within 10 working days.
 
 
 
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6.) I haven't lived in Butler County for quite some time. Why did I get a jury summons?
Chances are your name was picked up from the voters' registration list. The Election Office does not remove names unless you notify them, in writing, that you are no longer a resident. If you send Jury Management a signed statement that you are no longer a resident, you will be excused from Jury Duty.
 
 
 
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7.) I recently served on jury duty. Do I have to serve again?
If you have served one day within a three year period of your summons, you will be excused if requested. Simply check the appropriate box in question #7 on the qualification form or send a separate written request. You must list your previous dates of service for verification.
 
 
 
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8.) I take medication and/or have medical problems. Do I still have to serve?
Just taking medication may not be a reason for excusal. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. Excusal requests for medical reasons must include a current DETAILED doctor's excuse which is then reviewed. Sending in a doctor's excuse is not an automatic excusal as many illnesses do not prevent you from serving. Please contact Jury Management at (724) 284-5297 for a form for your doctor to sign for an excusal.
 
 
 
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9.) I'm not a Butler County resident. Am I still eligible to serve?
Only Butler County residents are eligible to serve. If you are not a permanent resident, you must notify us in writing listing your previous and current permanent address, if applicable. Or simply fill out and return the juror information/qualification form which includes a residency question.
 
 
 
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10.) Is there an age limit for Jury Duty?
Anyone 18 years of age or older may be selected.
 
 
 
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11.) My employer does not pay me while serving on jury duty. Do I still have to serve?
Check with your employer to make sure they do not pay you while serving. Many unions provide for jury duty pay in their union contract. Otherwise, financial hardship requests for excusal are reviewed on an individual basis.
 
 
 
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12.) My employer said it will create a hardship for them if I serve on Jury Duty. Is my job protected in any way?
An employer may not deprive an employee of his/her employment, or threaten or otherwise coerce a person because you received a summons to serve. Any employer who violates this law is guilty of a summary offense. If they penalize an employee for serving, the employee, within six (6) months, may bring a civil action against the employer to recover lost wages and benefits. The employee also is allowed a reasonable attorney's fee fixed by the Court.
 
 
 
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13.) Will I be paid for jury service? If so, when will I receive payment?
You will receive $9 per day for the first three (3) days you report and $25 per day for any days thereafter. In addition, jurors are compensated for mileage at the rate of 17 cents per mile. You should receive payment by check within 3 to 4 weeks after your service is complete.
 
 
 
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14.) How may I request a postponement?
If you are unable to serve on a summoned date, a postponement or deferral of jury service may be granted. Jurors requesting their first deferral may request a deferral by contacting the Office of the Jury Commissioners at (724) 284-5297, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at least seven (7) business days prior to the scheduled service date in order to request a new service date. Requests for deferrals can be in writing and mailed to the Office of Jury Management at 124 West Diamond Street, Butler, PA 16002 at least seven (7) business days prior to the scheduled service date. The court will respond to your request in writing.