Is jury duty mandatory?

Yes. The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury in both civil and criminal cases. Your participation as a juror makes that possible. Any person who fails to show good cause for noncompliance could be fined not more than $1,000.00, imprisoned not more than three (3) days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 1866(g).

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