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Old 12-29-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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Default Jury duty but moved out of state?

My husband just moved from MS to IL 2 months ago for a new job. I am still here for another 2 months, so we still have our old address. Today he got a letter inthe mail calling him for jury duty in the middle of January.
What can we do? Does he have to appear?
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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You need to call the court clerk's office there, explain the situation and ask them. People try to get out of jury duty all the time, but if he can prove residency in Illinois, he may be released. It's supposed to be the jurisdiction you live in.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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That's what I thought. It would make no sense.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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thanks...!
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I've been called for jury duty three times in Mississippi. The first two times I was in school at MSU and got out of it (there was no way I could miss a week of classes). The woman I talked to took my word for it, but I could have sent my class registration schedule. The third time I had moved to Missouri about a year earlier. I had to fax a copy of my Missouri drivers license and a couple of utility bills to prove that I had moved and that I had registered at the new address.

I would have no problem serving on a jury normally (civic duty and all that), but in all three of those cases I just could not do it.

If your husband has already obtained an IL drivers license and registered to vote in your new location, he should be good to go. If he is still using his MS driver license, and because you're still maintaining a residence in MS, the MS court may be able to force him to serve. It depends on the mood of the clerk and how much trouble they're having filling a jury box.

Speaking of registering to vote, the TN presidential primary is March 6 and the IL primary is March 20.

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Old 01-05-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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I am not even sure Jury Duty letters are legal if it comes via mail.

unless the law has changed, an officer has to deliver the papers in person.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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They deliver them by mail here in Tennessee.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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But do they have tracking numbers and all on it?

I know use to a Police Officer had to deliver the papers, this is done because their is no proof anyone ever received the papers in the mail and no proof it was ever sent out by the city.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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This happened to me recently. I got the letter in the mail summoning me to jury duty. I called the court and told them that I had moved a thousand miles away and they excused me due to location. I hope your situation turns out as well as mine did. Best wishes.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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But do they have tracking numbers and all on it?

I know use to a Police Officer had to deliver the papers, this is done because their is no proof anyone ever received the papers in the mail and no proof it was ever sent out by the city.

I don't remember if it had tracking numbers. The most recent time I served, I got a letter in the mail right after the first of the year telling me I was summoned for jury duty, and giving me a choice of 6 months worth of 10-day periods I could sign up for. I called and told her what week I would serve and showed up when it was time. At night we would call a number to see if they needed us to report the next day. I finally had to report on the third day (guess the docket wasn't very full), got chosen to sit on a jury and the trial began. It was a DUI case.

In the middle of some dashcam video evidence, the judge halted everything, excused us, then declared a mistrial. The prosecutor had played the dashcam video too far, revealing the defendant mentioning his prior arrests, which are inadmissible. Since most of us heard the evidence, we were tainted and it was a mistrial.

TMI, I know, but that's my latest jury duty experience.

I supposed you could just ignore the letter, but they have the address database and they know who shows up, so ...
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