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by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Exemption From Jury Duty

§ 3.06
Key point 3-06. Clergy are exempt from jury duty in some states. Even if not exempt, clergy may be excused from jury duty on the basis of several grounds including hardship, prejudice, familiarity with the facts or one of the parties, and prior jury service in a similar case.

One has a right to have a jury decide questions of fact in most civil and criminal cases. This right is guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by most state constitutions. It also is recognized by many state and federal statutes. Associated with the right to trial by jury is the corresponding obligation of jury service. Every citizen has a duty to serve as a juror when called upon to do so, unless specifically exempted or excused.

In some states, ministers are exempted from the duty of jury service. The exemption may be automatic, or it may be available only upon timely application. If the exemption is only ...

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