Knox County residents warned of jury duty scam

Knox County residents warned of jury duty scam


6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you have received a phone call claiming you failed to report for jury duty and you owe a fine, ignore it. Knox County officials are warning residents the call is a scam.

Service on a jury is an important community and civic duty. Residents can have a direct hand in ensuring that the justice system is preserved.

Jury duty notices are sent by mail. Residents can be summoned for Circuit, Criminal, or Chancery court.

If you are selected in Knox County, jury duty lasts two weeks. Other counties may require different lengths of time.

If you have a job, your employer must excuse you from work and cannot discriminate against you for serving on jury duty.

Jury members are paid eleven dollars a day. You can get a postponement, but you have to coordinate that through the jury coordinator in your county.

If you fail to report for jury duty, you will not get a call. No one will ask., for you to pay a fine for failing to show up.

If you do not respond to a jury summons, you would receive a show cause order in the mail from a judge asking why you weren't in court. Fines can be issued, but that is rare.

No one will come to arrest you, so feel free to hang up on anyone who tries to extort professional information or money for failure to report for jury duty. 

You can see Don Dare's 6 On Your Side Answers reports every Tuesday and Thursday on 6 News at 4:00.

If you have a consumer question, send Don an email at or call his 6 On Your Side Hotline at (865) 633-5974.

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