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Old 05-22-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Well, when is it a good timing? I got summoned for jury duty, it's set for the day before I move out of state. I called the clerk and explained that to her but she was unsympathetic and said to show up that morning. Any one with experience with their duty? Is there any way I can get the judge to excuse me so I can help my wife pack up the house to ship out? It's stressful enough as it is...
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Does it not say to call the night before? If so, maybe you will not even be required to show.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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There is usually a form you can fill out to be excused or have your service deferred. If it is deferred and then you move out of state before they call you again, then you won't have to do it. I'd just write tham and tell them you are moving.

What if I can't serve on the date I have been told to report to the courthouse?

There are no automatic exemptions from jury duty if you meet the qualifications as a juror. You may ask the Chief District Court judge to defer your service to a date that is more convenient if serving at the original time would cause an unusual or difficult circumstance. You may also ask to be excused if you have a medical condition that prevents your service, have served as a juror within the past two (2) years, or are otherwise ineligible to serve.

You must apply for a deferment in writing, at least one (1) week in advance of your scheduled service date. You will be notified of the decision. To request a deferment, address your application to:

Chief District Court Judge
Post Office Box 351
Raleigh, NC 27602-0351
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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My husband got a letter a few months ago. He owns his own company and works in Richmond, VA and our house was on the market. He wrote them a letter explaining the situation and was excused.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Makes no sense. Fill out the form and mail it in. I highly doubt they will make you serve.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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I was issued jury duty a couple of weeks ago. I called the night before like the form explained and they said I didn't have to come in. Boy, was I relieved!
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Definitely fill out that form. When I had to serve jury duty, I don't know if this is the case with every judge, but the one presiding over that case asked the juror pool if there was any reason they couldn't serve, and one of the jurors had a similar situation and was excused by the judge. So you may get a shot at a last-ditch effort to get out of it!
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Where exactly are you? From what I understand it is pretty straightforward to write a letter to Wake County and explain your situation and get excused (I've done it myself for a different situation). However, I've heard that Durham County can be a much bigger challenge.

In any case, you must request in writing, which is probably why asking by phone didn't yield results.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Suffolk, LI
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FWIW, I actually had no trouble rescheduling a jury summons in Durham County. In fact, the clerk even let me pick my own date.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm in Durham county. I think because I'll be closing on my out of state home before my service date, I'll try to fax a copy of that deed over to the clerk and let them know I'm moving. I'm guessing that a legal document is more potent than my words.
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