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Old 11-28-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Not me. My son. He got a jury duty summons, lost it, forgot about it, then today had an "oh carp!" moment and started hunting for it. Yep, it was for today, he was supposed to be there at 8:00. And of course, he figured this out about 2:00 pm.

He has no valid exemptions/excuses to get out of it, and now he is freaking out about the fact that he didn't go. I don't know what to suggest... never happened to me.

Is he going to be able to reschedule and not be in a bunch of trouble? Anyone know what he should do next?
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Tell him to call the Central Jury Bailiff (Amelia "Mellie" C. Cardona) immediately! 210-335-2667!

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A person who fails to comply with a summons is subject to a contempt action punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 (Government Code, Section 62.0141). Additionally, a person shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 if the person:

1. Fails to attend court in obedience to the notice without reasonable excuse
2. Files a false claim of exemption from jury service. (Government Code 62.111)

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Old 11-28-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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RUN!!!
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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Nothing happens if you skip jury duty. They send you another 'invitation' which you can ignore if you want to.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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lol don't worry nothing will happen. Its not a big deal. like stated above they will just send you out another notice. I've know people that have been missing it for years.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I am not sure about Bexar county, but in Harris county ( Houston area): Harris County residents are rarely, if ever, prosecuted for failure to show up for jury duty, although it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine, authorities said.
Is there justice if most who show for jury duty are white, affluent? - Houston Chronicle
Issuing a warrant for failure to respond to a jury duty notice is exceptionally rare. Why? Because a very large percentage of people don't respond - far too many to issue warrants on. Issuing warrants cost money; arresting people costs money; disposing of such cases in court would cost a lot of money. And what about bad addresses?
The only way to confirm whether an individual actually received his or her order would be to send it through certified mail with a return receipt requested. But that would boost the cost to more than $5 per mailing, meaning it is not cost-effective to investigate those who fail to appear.
BTW: I am not promoting such behavior, just saying...
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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ditto
just toss the notice it doesn't matter
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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What notice?
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Why toss anything....just show up as scheduled...and remember to write it down on your calendar. Good practice for when you you grow up.

Staying honest in life is the right thing to do. You'll sleep much better.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Why toss anything....just show up as scheduled...and remember to write it down on your calendar. Good practice for when you you grow up.

Staying honest in life is the right thing to do. You'll sleep much better.
My kind of thinking!

Sadly, too many people shirk their civic responsibilities; then complain about things afterward. Lead by example!

Cheers! M2
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