If you're an Arizona resident called for jury duty, don't ignore the summons. As long as you're a U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 75, you must appear unless you submit a written excuse and it is accepted. That doesn't mean you can't postpone service if the summons comes at an inconvenient time. However, once you've rescheduled, Arizona law doesn't permit another postponement unless an extreme emergency occurs.
Failure to Appear
Arizona law allows for second chances if you don't show up for your initial summons to jury duty. Under state law, anyone who doesn't appear after the jury notice is sent via first class mail is summoned again either by first class, certified or registered mail. Failing to show up after this second attempt at notification can result in being charged with contempt of court and being compelled to attend jury duty on a specified date. It can also result in a fine of up to $500.
Don't Be Late
It's important to appear promptly when called for jury duty. If you're late, you'll receive a failure to appear summons requiring you to appear for jury duty within two to three months. The Superior Court of Maricopa County advises jurors to arrive at least half an hour before their scheduled check-in time.
- Judicial Branch of Arizona, Maricopa County: Jury Services - General Information, Frequently Asked Questions
- Arizona Legislature: Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 21-331, Procedure for Summoning Jurors
- Justia US Law: 2005 Arizona Revised Statutes - Revised Statutes §21-334 Failure of Juror to Attend; Fine
A graduate of New York University, Jane Meggitt writes regularly for various legal blogs. Her work has appeared in LegalZoom, USA Today and many other publications.