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Jury Duty question (not "How do I get out?")

see317see317 Registered User regular
edited October 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
No, my question is not "How do I get out?".

According to the jury duty notice, my work is required to pay me for the first three days of jury duty.
However, my shifts(4x10s graveyard over the weekend) won't be in any conflict with the scheduled jury duty.
If anyone knows Colorado law, would my work still be required to pay me even though I'm not actually missing any schduled work shifts to do the jury duty?

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you get chosen to do Jury Duty, don't they not let you go to work anyway?

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Are you sure your work is supposed to pay you and not just hold your job? That could vary by state, though.

    If so, I highly doubt they're still obligated if you're not actually missing work. I can't say that for certain, though. You could try calling the number on the summons and asking.

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    evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Colorado is weird on this. I found the actual law online:
    http://www.courts.state.co.us/Jury/Employer.cfm

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    Iceman.USAFIceman.USAF Major East CoastRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    you're not missing work because you work the graveyard shift, but you WILL miss work because you can't be up 24 hours a day all week.

    They should compensate you, however as someone already linked to CO law, I imagine that trumps my "simple man" logic.

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    GothicLargoGothicLargo Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Are you sure your work is supposed to pay you and not just hold your job? That could vary by state, though.

    If so, I highly doubt they're still obligated if you're not actually missing work. I can't say that for certain, though. You could try calling the number on the summons and asking.

    I have had that come up once before when I was temping back in college.

    I went to the courthouse on the appointed day when they were reviewing jurors for cases, said I was at lunch from work and that I had ADD, pulled out a quarter, flipped it... "tails, guilty."

    I was back in my car a minute later.

    Officially you cannot be fired for jury duty, and if you really think your employer would make something of it, I'd say bring it on so you can sue them. But getting out of jury duty is easy if you simply come off as a disinterested, opinionated ****.

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    John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Above advice all sounds super.

    Also,


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzusuXSj8Y0

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    30 Rock spoilers:
    Yeah but that backfired on her when Cerie changed her residency to New York.

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    John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Thanks for spoiling.

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    webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I just got done with Jury duty, actually serving on a trial and I really enjoyed it. Its a great experience seeing how our legal system works. You'll also have a much better idea how shit goes on if your ever facing the judge.

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    There are documented studies [citation needed] of how one's opinion of jury duty changes once you've actually been through it. Civic duty, et cetera. It's not an unpleasant experience, I strongly recommend everyone go through it at least once.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2009
    I had to do it a year ago (or two?). I'd do it if at all possible. It will open your eyes.

    Also you might want to check to see if your work has jury pay. I know my dad's workplace actually pays him more than the state does for jury duty (to qualify, he has to bring in the jury duty check or something, they take the check, and then give him a check at their rate)

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    jclastjclast Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    see317 wrote: »
    No, my question is not "How do I get out?".

    According to the jury duty notice, my work is required to pay me for the first three days of jury duty.
    However, my shifts(4x10s graveyard over the weekend) won't be in any conflict with the scheduled jury duty.
    If anyone knows Colorado law, would my work still be required to pay me even though I'm not actually missing any schduled work shifts to do the jury duty?

    I am from Colorado and just asked my boss these questions. At Lockheed (and it's the same for my buddy who works at Boeing) they just expect you to go to work on days that you're scheduled that jury duty doesn't conflict. It would still be a conflict if you have jury duty 8:00 to 5:00 on Thursday and are scheduled for 11:00 to 7:00 mid starting Thursday night. My county's courts aren't open Fridays though so I would be expected to be at work for my Friday night 11:00 to 7:00 mid. My friend who was just on a jury sat for 2 weeks Monday through Thursday at the court house and worked on Fridays (he's day shift) because El Paso County courts aren't open on Fridays.

    If you guys do one day, one trial in your county (I'm El Paso) then there's a really good chance that aren't going to get chosen anyhow. They call around 150 people and only 50 or so got called to even be interviewed for a jury when I had jury duty last month.

    Oh, and it was already linked, but in CO your employer is only obligated to pay you $50/day for the first three days. After that they just have to not fire you because the state will pay you for $50/day. If you get lucky (like I did) then your employer will just continue to pay your salary and understand that you're legally obligated to attend jury duty.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    My company offers jury duty pay, which works just like vacation or sick. You don't even have to give them your $6.

    I've been called up 4 times, 3 of which I attended (4th I didn't live in the county anymore). I've never been picked, even though I wanted to every time. Stupid lawyers.

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    TK-42-1TK-42-1 Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Best experience I ever had as far as understanding our government was being chosen for a federal grand jury session. about 90% of all the cases we heard were cocaine possession. but we heard some really interesting ones that caused about an hours worth of intelligent debate each between 11 other total strangers from a wide breadth of socio-economic places. it was really an awesome experience. it was for atleast 6 hours a day depending on if we finished everything on the docket, once a week for 2 months

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