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Old 04-05-2021, 04:52 PM
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Default If you got a jury duty summons for next week would you answer?

Before anyone asks I didn’t receive it, a close friend did. She’s not vaccinated yet because she doesn’t fit in any categories. She should qualify to try to get an appointment starting on the 14th.

I don’t think I would answer it. She’s nervous, but would/has gone in any other time she was called on. It’s a duty, but this is a little soon especially since our county’s jails are having a terrible time with Covid. The penalty if applied is contempt of court.
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Yes, without a second thought. Does your friend not go to the grocery store either?
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Originally Posted by Eyecatcher23 View Post
Before anyone asks I didn’t receive it, a close friend did. She’s not vaccinated yet because she doesn’t fit in any categories. She should qualify to try to get an appointment starting on the 14th.

I don’t think I would answer it. She’s nervous, but would/has gone in any other time she was called on. It’s a duty, but this is a little soon especially since our county’s jails are having a terrible time with Covid. The penalty if applied is contempt of court.
Most courts let you go online or mail in a form to reschedule or check off some reason that gets you out. Don't ignore it though, just follow the instructions on how to reschedule it.
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I never got it.

When did they start sending Jury Duty notices by Certified Mail?

I'm not driving 75 miles to the courthouse for $15.00 a day. I have shit to do.

I look like a homeless bum anyways and never get picked for juries.
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Most courts will let you push it back 90 days.
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If someone was in quarantine they certainly wouldn't be expected to show. But it's delaying the inevitable. Just go and deal with it now.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I never got it.

When did they start sending Jury Duty notices by Certified Mail?

I'm not driving 75 miles to the courthouse for $15.00 a day. I have shit to do.

I look like a homeless bum anyways and never get picked for juries.
Right? I think I’d take my chances, if they would make me pay a contempt of court fine, I’d pay it with a smile. Then show up promptly when summoned again. Hopefully at the courthouse, and not at an alternate location where trials are held now.

Going out for groceries every other week is different than spending at least a week somewhere other than your home if picked.
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Jury pool is a lot farther away from the prisoners than actually being in there with them for not answering that jury duty summons.

I got called in last year but didn't get chosen (that whole badge thing) and now just got one for federal (which, again, they'll boot me because of the whole badge thing.) I still go, Rona be dadgummed.
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I once got served for not responding to a jury duty letter. I had moved away years earlier and just happened to be in state visiting my folks and a county deputy came rolling up to their house looking for me. He said he had a bench warrant for me. I explained I hadn’t lived there in years, showed him my DL from the new state and he closed the File. I asked what would have happened if I couldn’t prove I had moved and he said you would be going to see the judge.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I never got it.

When did they start sending Jury Duty notices by Certified Mail?

I'm not driving 75 miles to the courthouse for $15.00 a day. I have shit to do.

I look like a homeless bum anyways and never get picked for juries.
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They only send them to you if you show up once . If you “ never got it “ after a while they realize u ain’t showing. Last one I got was in 2003 lol
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About 20 years ago I knew a surgeon who thought he was too important for jury duty. Judge had his ass locked up!
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Originally Posted by Furbird View Post
Jury pool is a lot farther away from the prisoners than actually being in there with them for not answering that jury duty summons.

I got called in last year but didn't get chosen (that whole badge thing) and now just got one for federal (which, again, they'll boot me because of the whole badge thing.) I still go, Rona be dadgummed.
They don't care about the badge here. I had to sit through jury selection for 2 full days (civil trial). It was clear from the first few answers that I would not get picked but still had to suffer through it.
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Originally Posted by Furbird View Post
Jury pool is a lot farther away from the prisoners than actually being in there with them for not answering that jury duty summons.

I got called in last year but didn't get chosen (that whole badge thing) and now just got one for federal (which, again, they'll boot me because of the whole badge thing.) I still go, Rona be dadgummed.
Originally Posted by tommyjones View Post
I once got served for not responding to a jury duty letter. I had moved away years earlier and just happened to be in state visiting my folks and a county deputy came rolling up to their house looking for me. He said he had a bench warrant for me. I explained I hadn’t lived there in years, showed him my DL from the new state and he closed the File. I asked what would have happened if I couldn’t prove I had moved and he said you would be going to see the judge.
Good to know. I didn’t say to do anything specific thing, but figured she had two options:

1.) Answer, and hope she didn’t get picked.

2.) ignore it, and deal with the consequences.

I know she’s been on jury duty multiple times in the past, shutting her business down for a week or so a few years back when she got picked (she’s gotten picked everytime, must check a few boxes). So it’s not a matter of being a deadbeat, she’s concerned, and rightfully so. I figured contempt of court would be a fine, incarceration changes that scenario though.

Makes you think about things... hope I don’t get sent one!
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There are jury paneling rules/laws nearly everywhere. Nearly all include timelines. Read them and react accordingly
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Aa stated above, it is not sent certified mail. You never got It. For the gentleman who said his friend got locked up for not reporting to jury duty, he is 100% full of it. That is impossible. You want to go, go. You don't, dont. Simple
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Originally Posted by Eyecatcher23 View Post
Right? I think I’d take my chances, if they would make me pay a contempt of court fine, I’d pay it with a smile. Then show up promptly when summoned again. Hopefully at the courthouse, and not at an alternate location where trials are held now.

Going out for groceries every other week is different than spending at least a week somewhere other than your home if picked.
I'm pretty sure everyone will be required to wear a mask and masks keep us safe, right? Why worry.
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When you get a jury notice here, you MUST show up. If you do not, a bench warrant is issued and a deputy is sent to your house.
Hardships are nearly impossible to get. I've been called 2 times in the last 5 or 6 years and have shown up every times that I was called.
They will work with you but you will serve if your name is drawn.

In Carter County a handful of years ago, they were attempting to seat a jury and they didn't have enough people show up to serve. The judge sent some deputies out to the town square where they stopped several vehicles and directed the occupants to the courthouse to sit on a jury. A lot of unhappy people but it was within the law. Now there is no excuse tolerated.

The last time that I was at a jury orientation, a kid showed up late which pissed the judge off quite a bit. The only seats available were right up front so he had to sit there where the judge could see him. He fell asleep and the judge called him out on it. The judge advised that if he fell asleep again, he would be taken to the county lockup and drug tested. If he tested positive, he'd spend a week in a cell. About 10 minutes later, he nodded off again, deputies were called, he was taken into custody and sent off to be drug tested. NO ONE ELSE DARED BLINK after that.

I take jury duty very seriously. If I am ever in a position where I am innocent and am trying to prove it, I want people on the jury who are attentive and willing to do what needs to be done.

Grand juries??? Those are a damned dog and pony show .
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Originally Posted by Watevadog5 View Post
Aa stated above, it is not sent certified mail. You never got It. For the gentleman who said his friend got locked up for not reporting to jury duty, he is 100% full of it. That is impossible. You want to go, go. You don't, dont. Simple
I was summoned a few years ago, the judge said you are allowed one pass without any explanation and if you don’t show up or call they count that as your pass. She said the next time if you don’t show she writes an order for you to appear in court and she will throw you in jail unless you have a good reason. One of our guys didn’t show up and she had the police go get him, turns out he was arrested on that same day for something else was hilarious.

There was also two guys during jury selection and one said he hated attorneys and the justice system and couldn’t be unbiased. The other said he was a racist and couldn’t be unbiased. She made those two stay, I was selected and they were in the court for the rest of the trial. I talked to one of them and asked what happened he said do not mess with that judge.

The judge told them they could stay and watch the entire trial and write a report on the trial and civic duty or they were going to spend five days in jail. They both chose the report

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You can usually get tossed if you really don't want to say. In my case, I just answered as honestly as I could.
One of the attorneys asked if I had already formed an opinion on malpractice suits and I just said
"I think doctors, lawyers and insurance companies are a financial perpetual motion machine that raises the price of everything we do".
Both tables had people scribbling and I was sent home. They didn't call me again for 10 years.
I would have stayed for a criminal trial. Now I am too old so it isn't an issue.

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