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Jury Duty: District of Columbia

Jury Duty requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan A.P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • Employers in the District of Columbia must excuse employees from work to serve on a jury. See Employers Obligated to Provide Leave.
  • All employees in the District of Columbia may take time off from work to respond to a jury duty summons. See Employees Qualified for Leave.
  • An employer is not required to compensate an employee for time spent on jury service unless the employer has 11 or more employees. See Compensation During Leave.
  • The District of Columbia prohibits an employer from terminating, threatening or coercing an employee because the employee receives a jury duty summons, responds to such a summons, attends court for prospective jury service or serves as a juror. See Prohibited Actions.
  • An employer may need to provide time off to witnesses of a crime and victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse or stalking in order for them to attend court proceedings. See Witness Leave; Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Stalking.