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    So, today, I received a little piece of mail telling me that I have a jury summons. Now, I've never received one before, so it was actually pretty exciting. *cough* Anyways, I am going to postpone my summons, because I'd rather not miss school, however, my mom and brother have gotten some before and they never attended nor postponed it or anything. And that's supposed to be against the law....


    And so my question is have you ever just blown off jury duty and not gotten into any trouble? Is it just based on luck that sometimes some people do get busted and others do not?
    I dunno, I wouldn't mind attending. Sounds kinda fun! Or is it?
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    I was able to not do it because I am in the military and the likelihood some defense lawyer would want me judging their client is slim. I thought it was interesting but at the time couldn't be removed from my job.

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    Yeah if you don't respond there could be an actual arrest warrant issued. I wouldn't do that. I've been summoned twice. One time I had to go to the court house and went all the way to a trial... but was dismissed by the prosecutor thus ending it that time. The other time I was on call, but didn't have to go at all.

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    I've been on jury duty four times, but only been selected twice. In our state, students get an automatic deferment. I would check into it. Jury duty may not be the exciting thing in the world (although I thought it was interesting), but what the hell--that's the way it works in this country. Don't blow it off. In my state it is an offense with a fine if you don't show up.

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    well, being that it's not me that has to go to jury duty. good luck and enjoy. you have the right to be tired, cranky, in pain, exhausted and bored out of your mind like everybody else. i've had the misfortune of having to go two times. i did my time for society and your ass is going to have to do it too. i hope you feel as much misery as i did during my two times of jury duty. congratulations. i'm going to have drink a jack daniels just for this wonderful moment. you are not officially an american citizen until you do jury duty.
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    I've been summoned twice.

    the first time I went and did my duty.

    I was summoned again a couple years later... unfortunately, I was at a point in my life where I couldn't financially afford to miss a day of work to even go to the court and plead financial hardship (which they make you do in-person in front of a judge) and pay all the parking/commuting fees.

    so I tore it up and threw it away.

    nothing ever happened. there's no warrant out there for my arrest.

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    Got one last year, i just ignored it and haven't heard back from them so far.

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    I always go and suffer through it.

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    You CAN postpone your jury duty but ignoring the call will get you into trouble sooner or later. I'll bet on sooner.
    If you have important duties, and my opinion is your education IS important, a judge MAY actually call you.
    Like GiancarloC I was lucky, sort of. I DID get selected as a potential juror but I "sort of" knew the defendant so I was dismissed........
    The other times I lucked out and didn't get selected but still had to wait till jury selection was completed which is a colossal waste of time.......

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    Let me elaborate on my experiences...

    The first time I went, got called in a court room and they discussed the trial and went to the selection. I was dismissed because the case involved a couple of cops. The defendant was a 65-70 year old Asian lady accused of assaulting several police officers. I felt the police were fabricating it and I got dismissed in the selection process in a heart beat. The prosecutor wanted nothing to do with someone who potentially had background in the law (and I do somewhat... as I studied a bit of pre-law).

    The second time I was on call and had to call every day. I didn't even get called in to go any day. Which was very lucky. It's like a 50/50 chance.. and once you go, half go to trials and the other get sent home (which is indeed a waste of time because you can be waiting for hours!).

    From what I remember... at least in the state of California, they only pay you $12.50 A DAY if you have to go.

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    Well, I'm not gonna ignore it! Like I said, I'm postponing it, because there's an option in the letter to postpone it if you're a student, have health reasons, etc. I think it sounds interesting to do. Even if refujiunderground is describing it like the worst thing ever. XD
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    Yea postpone it. I must note I postponed my first call-up to the summer after classes (and exams).

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    I postponed a couple of times. Not at all difficult to do so. To my great surprise, I ended up actually serving on a jury, a civil case. I was dreading it, but it proved to be a great experience. I'm really glad I was chosen.

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    Had to be there at 12:30 pm on Feb 14. Could not sleep for most of the night. When I woke up, I filled out the summons. I packed myself 2 bottles of water, cookies, the local newspaper and 3 power bars. Got in the car and drove down to the court house. I arrived 20 min early. Found the clerk's office. I waited in line. Got to the front and handed the clerk my paperwork. The clerk took my paperwork and said 'case was dismissed'. Whole thing only took 4 minutes.

    Then, I didn't know what to do for the rest of day. So decided to go to Olive Garden for lunch. It was so busy because of Valentine's Day. 15 min wait for a window seat!!! I had the 'Tour of Italy'.

    What a waste of time.

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...rt-1932342.php
    Fred King, communications coordinator for Harris County Clerk Charles Bacarisse, said the clerk will summon 15,800 people to jury service the first week in October. King said between 17 to 18 percent usually appear for jury duty.

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    You don't want to go because you don't want to miss school is a legimate reason.
    1. Write a letter explaining your reason. There is no way to know if this case will last 1 day or 3 weeks.
    2. Have it notarized
    3. Include a document to prove that you're still in school (like your class schedule or a letter from the school)
    4. Mail them all in along with your jury duty summon card

    DO NOT just ignore it by doing a "no call no show."

    I was in a Jury Duty that lasted 2 weeks.

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    Do not just avoid it. Remember the only place we do not need trials or juries is in Guantanamo because Americans are afraid of there own shadow and only talk about the bill or rightts with" a tear in there eye,jesus the joke in tehre heart and a flag in there hand !

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki81 View Post
    I was summoned again a couple years later... unfortunately, I was at a point in my life where I couldn't financially afford to miss a day of work to even go to the court and plead financial hardship (which they make you do in-person in front of a judge) and pay all the parking/commuting fees.

    so I tore it up and threw it away.

    nothing ever happened. there's no warrant out there for my arrest.
    Awesome.

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    If you do decide to go, make sure it doesn't coincide with meeting a former president and First Lady of the United States.


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    I would postpone but go later when called. Every judge and every jurisdiction has there own rules on no-shows, so that's a roll of the dice. My feeling is if you don't participate you can't complain of how the system works.

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    I had grand jury duty - 3 months long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark1111 View Post
    I had grand jury duty - 3 months long!
    Ouch... how did that work out with your job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiancarloC View Post
    Ouch... how did that work out with your job?
    Laid off - "its a corporate restructuring...nothing you did"

    Grrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark1111 View Post
    Laid off - "its a corporate restructuring...nothing you did"

    Grrrr
    Legally they are not allowed to fire you because of jury duty, but that seems hard to prove.. sorry to hear that.

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    The one and only time I was summoned for a week of jury duty was way back in 1999. The first day I had to go in I wasn't selected, the prosecution didn't want me, I guess because I was young (21) and the guy on trial was young and they must have thought I would be sympathetic, as if. The second day I went in ended up with all of us being dismissed as both sides reached a plea deal I wish I would get summoned again, I actually enjoyed it.
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    Had it once but never showed up. I moved overseas coincidentally (not because of the duty!) and they have no authority in that case. But if I would ever be selected again I would do my best to get out of it.

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    Rant: The reason people don't register to vote is so they don't get summons for jury duty. That is the basis for jury duty.

    I have been called twice and got out of it both times.

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    Bullshit. They do it through the MVA/DMV now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOscar View Post
    So, today, I received a little piece of mail telling me that I have a jury summons. Now, I've never received one before, so it was actually pretty exciting. *cough* Anyways, I am going to postpone my summons, because I'd rather not miss school, however, my mom and brother have gotten some before and they never attended nor postponed it or anything. And that's supposed to be against the law....


    And so my question is have you ever just blown off jury duty and not gotten into any trouble? Is it just based on luck that sometimes some people do get busted and others do not?
    I dunno, I wouldn't mind attending. Sounds kinda fun! Or is it?
    It's far from just "fun". If you choose to accept the summons, you have to show up at the designated location and be basically put on a waiting list and "on call". You don't automatically make it onto the jury just because you received a jury summons. I think I was summoned about twice before, and both times I had a reason for deferment (school) and I was never recalled since.

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    I've wasted 2 days 2 different times. The first time I just had to go and sit for about an hour or so and of course not get chosen and the next time I had to call in the day before to find out if I had to show up the next morning and of course I didn't.
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    It is against the law in most places to just ignore it. Take the time to call the number given and tell them you can't. Better to just do it now and be done with it than take the risk of having a warrant sworn out in your name and have a warrant officer or deputy show up on your doorstep and take you to jail, or get cuffed and taken to jail the next time you get stopped by a law enforcement officer.

    A lot of states and county governments just don't have the money/resources right now to actually make a big deal out of it, but some don't mess around with it either. Do the right thing, call, if you truly don't want to do it.

    Call and get taken off this list. But be aware, they'll move your name up to the top of the list and you'll get another summons sooner.

    It's not a bad thing if you get an interesting case. It's the waiting around in the court-house for hours on end that drove me nuts. Turns out I sat there for three hours for nothing. Once they called me and clarified my personal info, turned out I was not eligible because I had not been a resident of that county long enough to serve on a jury. Screw up on their part.

    Last summons I got I just called (the number was busy FOREVER) and I told them I couldn't do it. Was asked for an address and number and the guy said OK and hung up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOscar View Post
    So, today, I received a little piece of mail telling me that I have a jury summons. Now, I've never received one before, so it was actually pretty exciting. *cough* Anyways, I am going to postpone my summons, because I'd rather not miss school, however, my mom and brother have gotten some before and they never attended nor postponed it or anything. And that's supposed to be against the law....


    And so my question is have you ever just blown off jury duty and not gotten into any trouble? Is it just based on luck that sometimes some people do get busted and others do not?
    I dunno, I wouldn't mind attending. Sounds kinda fun! Or is it?
    It's not so bad. I served on a jury that successfully reached verdict last year for the first time. Usually, though, you'll be eliminated before even making it to teh courthouse. Just check in on the automated system everyday and check. Most people get cut before even being asked to come in.

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    Haven't been summoned on a jury duty, but would be exciting to experience it for the first time.

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    ^A lot of the cases are like for drink driving well I guess you could be summoned above magistrate court for more exciting fare?

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    I've usually weaseled-into the questioning one of the following:

    1) my views on jury nullification
    2) my views that just because someone is a sworn police officer doesn't mean his testimony carries any more weight than any other witness

    I've never sat on a jury

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    I was called for jury duty once about one month after the first time I voted (totally unfair).. I went to the courthouse and sat in a room for about 4 hours with a bunch of other people watching TV on a big monitor. I lucked out because all of the cases were settled that day so they sent me home and it was over. I did however have a few ideas about how to get out of it. Keep asking about jury nullification because the courts don't want jurors knowing about that. Second would be to keep talking about jesus and twitching alot..

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