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How Do I Get Out Of Jury Duty?  
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6600 times:

I've got jury duty tomorrow. I don't mind going down to the court but I also have mid-terms this week and I really don't want to get stuck on a long case. Any good ideas on how to avoid being picked to serve on a jury? I was thinking of digging out my old military shirt that says "Killem All and let God sortem out!" What do you think?

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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6596 times:

Just tell them you are a student and have midterms this week.. That should do it.

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6590 times:

Carry a copy of Das Kapital under your arm. It's guaranteed to get you out of jury duty.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 1):
Just tell them you are a student and have midterms this week.. That should do it.

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Nothing more needed.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6578 times:

Wear a shirt that says, in big bold letters,

F*CK THIS COURT


like on The People vs. Larry Flynt




-NWA742


User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3043 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6572 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 1):
Just tell them you are a student and have midterms this week.. That should do it.

And a copy of your class schedule. Thats what I did when I was away at college and i got jury duty notice. I told them i was away at school so they requested a copy of my class schedule and I faxed it to them.


User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

Simple, just tell them that you are racist to the teeth, believe the bastard is guilty until proven innocent and should be fried to a crisp. That should do it.  old 


Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

Thanks for the advice. The school is here in town though so do you think that will make a difference?

User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

While being questioned drop in the following comment ..

"I would make an very good juror, all I would hve to do is just look at the defendant and I could tell if they are guilty"

In New York they make it difficult to get out of jury duty, I have had to go through the selection process the last two times I was called, luckily both cases were settled before trial


IHAP



Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6540 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 1):
Just tell them you are a student and have midterms this week.. That should do it.

 checkmark 


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6535 times:

You'll be able to get a education deferral on your jury duty until a later date. They'll probably just defer it until after your mid-terms.

I got called for jury duty back in July. I got a good week for it, as Monday was July 4th. Showed up Tuesday, spent all day there, didn't get called. At the end of the day, they called out a list of names and told us to come back the next day. Those who didn't get called were pretty much done with jury duty. The next day, I sat around most of the day, and never even got into a jury pool.


User currently offlinePsa53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6524 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Thread starter):
I've got jury duty tomorrow

Odd you should mention that.I was called to jury
duty last week.After two hours,I was excused.The
defended fled.

But it is really tuff to get out of it these days.Here in the Inland
Empire(SoCal) they really have come down in not accepting
excuses.I actually was schedule for April.It took several
calls and letters to have it deferred to October 13 because
being self-employed,the economic timing was not good.



Tuesday's Off! Do not disturb.
User currently offlineYegmaster From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6507 times:

Tell them you're pregnant.

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Roll a fatty and spark it up in court.

User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6466 times:

I never respond to the notice. If they don't send it registered or return reciept requested, there's no way to prove you recieved it. Heck, you may have moved out of state. Once you reply, you're on the list, you're screwed.

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 13):
Roll a fatty and spark it up in court.

I thought you "put down"? Now that might work for me, but to suggest it to an impressionable college kid.......and that post you made to the sweet little 16 year old newbie girl (who may be a police seargeant), all I can say.....(insert Colonel Klink voice).......LOGAN!!!!!!!



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6466 times:

There's one county here in Atlanta that does the jury duty thing ass backwards. When you get summoned, it's for a jury pool for 1 trial, unlike in most counties where you called for a specific period of time where you could potentially serve on several juries. So there is a chance that you may get called several times in a year for jury duty. I found out about this when I was last on jury duty and am actually glad I don't live in that county.

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 13):
Roll a fatty and spark it up in court.

That's a way to get out of it and then have a need for a jury yourself.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 14):
and that post you made to the sweet little 16 year old newbie girl

I made that post for Kazzie. She can handle it (anytime)  Wink Sh#t, I did it again.

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 14):
I thought you "put down"?

Yup. Just being a knob.

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 15):
That's a way to get out of it and then have a need for a jury yourself.

No doubt. But it would solve his immediate problem, no?


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

Arizona won't exempt you except for a handful of reasons. Here you can be called once every two years for service. Under the arrangement in Pima County, you are sent to the jury selection room until required for a trial. If you are not impaneled, you go back to the jury selection room and are sent to another one. Jury service is one of the few civic duties that one should not be exempted from, except for valid medical reasons.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6411 times:

"Just tell them you're predjudice against all races." -Homer Simpson

User currently offlineCLEfan From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6403 times:

Just tell them the truth and offer to return on a later week to serve. The jury commissioner or the judge should be able to accommodate you.

It is your civic duty to serve on jury duty. Can it be inconvenient. Yes. But it is one of your responsibilities as a citizen. It also allows you an inside glimpse at the legal system. Also, imagine if you were a criminal defendant or were asserting a civil claim. You would want to have fair, impartial, and educated jurors if you sat in the defendants seat, so give those defendants and plaintiffs the same courtesy.


User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9375 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

bring a note from Rusty, the Baliff.


if assumptions could fly, airliners.net would be the world's busiest airport
User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6382 times:

Haha funny this has come up my father is at dury duty today!

He was also very annoyed! And din't want to go.


Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

Tell them you lived in Santa Barbara, CA and were involved in the MIchael Jackson trial.....we all know how that turned out, I a sure they wouldn't wnat you anymore


ROLL TIDE!!!
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6818 posts, RR: 34
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6352 times:

The old joke on the Bob & Tom Show as that you could ask where the "whites only" water fountain is...that usually does it.

Or, here's a novel idea, you COULD fulfill your obligations as a citizen and actually serve on the jury and not look for ways to finagle your way out of it. I know, that's far too shocking an idea to contemplate.


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6350 times:

I'm quite sure your mid-terms are as good an excuse as there is. Tell them.

In all seriousness, anyone know whether they can find you in contempt of court for blatant efforts to evade jury service like some of those suggested above? I'd have to believe that they can.

pre-edit: I think I just got my answer. My wife just pointed out that she got threatened with contempt of court for chewing gum - as a specator. Judge stopped the proceedings and ordered her to spit it out.

[Edited 2005-10-24 17:03:54]


Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
25 MD11Engineer : I'm not an expert on American law, but wouldn't it possible to get a deferral on jury duty for the exams? E.g. that our friend wouldn't have to serve
26 Scbriml : In Texas that would guarantee you get to do jury service! I've done jury service no less than three times. I believe if you get called you should do
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