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Federal Grand Jury Duty

Federal employees may not receive fees as compensation for their service on Federal grand juries pursuant to 5 USC 5537. A Federal employee summoned for grand jury duty can take “court leave” and not be charged their personal leave time for their absence from work. Thus the employee continues to receive his/her Federal salary while serving grand jury duty. Please note that the restriction on receipt of ”fees” does not apply to any stipends for meals or travel provided the juror for his/her service on the federal grand jury. Thus if the court provided a stipend for such incidental expenses, it could be accepted, while fees for the service could not.

Employees are also allowed to use paid "court leave" when summoned to jury duty service in a state or local court. Unlike in Federal court, employees may accept a fees for state or local jury duty service.

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