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Jury Duty: Illinois

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 Illinois must excuse employees from work to serve on a jury. See Employers Obligated to Provide Leave.
  • All employees in Illinois may take time off from work to respond to a jury duty summons. See Employees Qualified for the Leave.
  • Employers do not have to compensate an employee for his or her time spent on jury duty. See Compensation During Leave.
  • Illinois law protects an employee's job when the employee serves on a jury. Employers cannot terminate or penalize an employee for serving on a jury. See Prohibited Actions.
  • Under the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act, covered employers must grant unpaid leave to an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence or has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence for purposes of preparing for or participating in a legal proceeding. See Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act.