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wakemewhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:32 AM
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Need advice re. jury duty in California
My girlfriend's mom is traveling overseas, and she missed appearing for jury duty selection because my girlfriend forgot to forward her mail in time. She's really worried. She heard a $1500 fine is possible. She also heard a bench warrant is possible, and that she may even have to come back to go to court, to explain why she missed the jury selection date. How often does that really happen? What reason is valid for missing jury duty in California? Are they really that strict?! What percentage of people get fined or have to appear before a judge if they miss the selection date, and how big are the fines usually? Any info re. California jury duty would be appreciated. Thanks.
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shoelace414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:37 AM
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1. I would suggest calling them and explaining it.
I'm not from california, but I assume they'll work with her and have her do Jury duty some other time.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:38 AM
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2. I've found them to be very lenient and flexible
Out of the country sounds like a pretty good excuse to me. That one can probably be taken care of with a phone call or just writing an explanation on the back of the summons form.
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brianosaurus Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:22 PM
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7. I second that
My girlfriend missed jury duty and she talked to them. They were quite fine, they rescheduled her, and that was it.
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-05 02:13 PM
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14. same here
Down in San Diego, they rescheduled me. I then got stuck on a six week murder trial. :eyes:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-05 09:59 AM
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17. Hi brianosaurus!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:50 AM
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3. They don't send it "Certified-Return Receipt Requested" in CA
There is absolutely no way for them to ascertain if she even received the notice or not. Don't worry.
I'd like to see them prove that she got it, in court. Yeah right.

I have known people, here in CA, who treat it like junk mail and trash it.

Having said all that...go and serve! It's your civic duty.
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greekspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:11 AM
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4. Can I ask you something? What consequences do you face w/jury duty?
Let me preface this by saying that I beleive it is my duty to serve on juries when I get called, which is CONSTANTLY. Federal jury. Federal GRAND jury. County court. I have been called as much in the past two years as my father has been called in his life. Great. So I get called. I just have a great sounding name to the random selection software. My next little appearance will be on the 14th of October.

I am a PhD student. I teach a class. I have to read and read and read and read...as does anyone in a PhD program. I have to write papers and papers and papers...as does anyone in a PhD program. So when I get selected for a jury that lasts for 6 months, what am I supposed to do? Drop out of school? Even if it lasts only a week or two, when am I supposed to do my reading, research and teaching? After my eight hours of sitting in a court room? Eight hours I would normally be working? At least this time around I have a job situation where I will not miss pay to go be on a jury. Last time I got called in Missouri, about 2.5 years ago, I not only had to miss more than half a day's work, I got no lunch, I got grilled...GRILLED by the defense counsel, and for all my trouble they didn't select me. Lord HELP me if I ever have to testify at a trial, because I felt dirty and wrong after that counselor badgered me. And I was just a potential jury-member.

The powers that be have told us in no uncertain terms NOT to opt out of jury duty. So I must not opt out.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:48 AM
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5. I know how you feel
been on jury duty seven times. I have never been selected for a jury. The first thing they do is go through to make sure that anyone with the ability to form their own opinion are thrown out. Next they make sure you are completely ignorant of the subject matter surrounding the case. They are left with 12 people who will think exactly what they are told to think.
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greekspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:18 PM
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11. I am pretty good about forming opinions on a lot of matters
Amd I do tend to think for myself. And as for ignorance about cases, sometimes I am ignorant about cases, sometimes not.
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