Jury Service Letter to Employers
SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA
Re: JURY SERVICE
||Employers Whose Employees Are on Jury Duty
||Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County
If one of your employees has been selected to serve as a member of a jury;
you need to be aware of the following Arizona laws.
Arizona Revised Statutes § 21-236
"A. An employer shall not refuse to permit an employee to take a
leave of absence from employment for the purpose of service as a juror.
No employer may dismiss or in any way penalize any employee because he
serves as a grand or trial juror, provided, however, that an employer
shall not be required to compensate an employee when the employee is absent
from his employment because of jury service. Any absences from employment
shall not effect vacation rights which employees otherwise have.
"B. An employee shall not lose seniority or precedence while absent
from his employment due to his serving as a member of a grand or trial
jury. Upon return to employment the employee shall be returned to his
previous position, or to a higher position commensurate with his ability
and experience as seniority or precedence would ordinarily entitle him.
"C. A person who violates any provision of this section is guilty
of a class 3 misdemeanor."
If an employee works the night shift, an employer is still required by
law to give that employee a leave of absence from work during the period
of jury service, even though the employer is not required to pay the employee.
The clear intent of the Arizona Legislature in enacting the above statute
was to make sure that jurors who are fulfilling their civic duties in
regard to jury service are not penalized in any manner for doing so. It
would make no sense if jurors who work during the daytime received the
benefits of the statute but those who work the night shift do not.