Question: 3. Is there a penalty for not
responding to a jury summons?
Answer: Jurors who fail to report for jury duty
and who are not excused by the court may be served with an order to show cause by the U.S. Marshal Service. Those jurors
may be ordered to appear before the U.S. Magistrate to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of the Jury Service
and Selection Act. Contempt penalties may be fined not more than $1000, imprisoned not more than three days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof. (Title 28 U.S.C. § 1866)
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