Gilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7342 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?
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3055 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7314 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.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7277 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.
Odd you should mention that.I was called to jury
duty last week.After two hours,I was excused.The
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.
Kevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7208 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.
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!!!!!!!
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7208 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.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7189 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."
CLEfan From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7145 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.
Slider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7095 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7094 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.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7092 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]
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: 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
: 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