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Old 05-13-2011, 06:48 AM
 
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Default Ever Not Show for Jury Duty?

After you've already filled out the qualification paperwork and received the "summons" telling you which week to be on phone standby, has anyone not shown up? The summons says $1000 fine and/or 30 days imprisonment for not showing and I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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You screwed up by filling out the questionaire.
If you don't show they can/will issue a subpoena.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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You screwed up by filling out the questionaire.
If you don't show they can/will issue a subpoena.
Yeah I realize that, but I didn't mean me because I've been doing jury duty since 1980, get called every 7 years. Just wondering if anyone has ever tested it by not showing up and what happened to them.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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Yeah I realize that, but I didn't mean me because I've been doing jury duty since 1980, get called every 7 years. Just wondering if anyone has ever tested it by not showing up and what happened to them.

I was issued a subpoena for not filling out the questionaire. Once they issued it I decided to show on the date I was supposed to. My brother is a Court officer and he says nobody ever gets in trouble for not showing. He was surprised I got a subpoena.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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yes, I forgot to go once. Mommy-brain. I called them up when I realized and they just said come the next day. Then I got out of it anyway.

If you don't show and don't call, they will just re-summons you. I wouldn't worry about it. I used to ignore the questionnaire till I got threatening letters.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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i filled it out once and they never called me. they asked if I ever got arrested and i asked if they could send me a second page to write them all down.
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:38 AM
 
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A few years ago I was sitting in waiting room in Riverhead when a guy sitting a few seats away started cursing out loud every few minutes. I asked him if he was having a bad day or something and he told me he was faking Tourettes Syndrome so the guards would ask him to leave. After 30 minutes they escorted him to front desk and he got a pass out the door. Wise dog.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Nassau County DA's office does have a division called Special Investigations that occasionally goes after people for skipping out on jury duty. Thing is, they'd rather go after corrupt attorneys and government types so it's not a priority. Odds are nothing will happen to you if you don't show, but you name goes into the "unlucky lottery".

If you don't want on a jury, ***** and complain when they call on you. Claim you can't be impartial. Say that the criminal defendant looks like the type to do the crime. If it's a civil case, they usually disqualify based on impartiality as well - case involves a contractor? Say you just got screwed by one and you hate contractors. Involves a doctor? Your doctor did something bad to you and you want revenge.

In a civil case, attorneys each get a couple of "freebies" to disqualify a juror for whatever reason - don't like his occupation, think he looks like trouble for your client, etc. Beyond that, both attorneys have to agree, or the juror has to be blatantly bad so that the judge will disqualify them. Inability to be impartial is pretty good cause.

But at the end of the day, attorneys don't typically want people who are obviously looking to get out of being there, because they won't make good jurors. There are enough people in the pool who won't make a fuss that they can disqualify the PITAs.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Agreed, the reality is that nowadays I think most people will get away with no showing up/ignoring the summonses.

It's the same thing with selective service. Yeah your required to sign up if your a guy, but the reality is that nobody has been prosecuted for failing to sign up for over 30 years - and the few people that have been prosecuted for it made a public spectacle of not signing up.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Medford, NY
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I get called every time without fail.

One time, the guy in front of me answered the question and was excused. They asked me the same question, I gave the same answer, I went home

I had to drive into Brooklyn once with my 2 week old car that the parking attendant crashed. They wanted me to be on a 3-4 week trial. My father had surgery scheduled the week after I was supposed to start. I told the judge I wasnt gonna be there. Told them which hospital Id be at and they were free to come get me.

Last time I ignored the summons, never called in, never checked online. Was 4 or 5 years ago.
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