Jury Duty

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Oklahoma Bar Association, since 1904

Jury Duty

Jury DutyJurors are used in the trial of most cases, criminal and civil, to decide the facts of the case. A jury can be either twelve or six individuals, and usually there are alternate jurors in his or her jury pool. This is in case a juror cannot finish the case.

What are the qualifications for serving on a jury?

All citizens of the United States who are residents of Oklahoma, and who have the qualifications to vote, even though not registered to vote, can serve as a juror unless there is a law that allows them not to serve.

Persons who cannot serve on a jury include the following:
  • Anyone who has a mental or physical condition that makes the person incapable of performing jury services;
  • Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs;
  • Jailers or law enforcement officers, state or federal, having custody of prisoners;
  • Licensed practicing attorneys;
  • Persons convicted of any felony or who have served a term in any penitentiary, state or federal, for commission of a felony, unless the person's civil rights have been restored; and
  • Legislators during sessions of the legislature or when they are involved in state business.

If you are called, do you have to serve?

It is the policy of Oklahoma that all citizens qualified for jury service have an obligation to serve. Jury service is not only a legal obligation, it is a civic duty. Unless you are disqualified or can claim a legal reason for not serving, you must serve.

How long does jury service usually last?

It depends on the court where you are serving. It also depends on how long the case lasts, but normally, jury service will last one week or less.

Do jurors get paid?

Yes. The amount depends on the court you are serving in, but it is only a small daily fee. In addition, jurors receive a mileage reimbursement.

Will you lose your job or your pay when you serve on a jury?

Employers are prevented by law from firing an employee because he or she has been summoned for jury duty. However, the law provides that you do not need to be paid while you are serving. You have the option of using your accrued sick or vacation time.