What happens if you don’t show up for jury duty?

Community service, fines, or even jail time is possible

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It is a civic duty, but not everyone responds to the call. Jury duty is something that everyone will likely be called for at least once in their life, though not everyone actually goes.

Anyone age 18 or older, who has lived in Massachusetts for at least six months, is eligible to be called up. If you receive a summons in the mail and ignore it, it is against the law.

Not appearing for jury duty can come with fines of up to $2,000, community service, or even time in jail.

“I’ve had friends and family that have had to deal with jury duty and they said it’s a hassle. They either get fined for it, called into court, I had a friend who got a warrant for it for not showing up,” Elianna Arias-Fuentes of Springfield said.

While you cannot avoid it altogether, you can postpone your jury service for up to a year from the original date asked.

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