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Old 01-15-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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I just got my summons for jury duty. I pulled my duty about 4 years ago, so I guess I've rotated through the system again. When I lived in NY, we were able to claim postponements, not just exemptions. We didn't have to give a reason, and they were usually good for a few years.

My question - does Bexar County offer postponements, not just exemptions? I see that my summons reads: Postponements: 0. Does that mean I don't get one, or that I haven't used one? How do I go about requesting one? How long is it good for?

(OK, that's a lot more than just one question, but please help me anyway.)

 
Old 01-15-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Frequently Asked Questions About Jury Service | Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio

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3. If I can't serve right now can I postpone my jury service?

Almost all courts will accommodate reasonable requests for service at a different time. The key word here is "reasonable". Repeated requests for postponement of your jury service are a burden to the system and an irresponsible act on your part. Lead by example and make jury service a priority in your civic activities. If you need a postponement, make every effort to notify the clerk's office in advance rather than waiting until the day of your service. The clerk's office will have enough problems to deal with on that day and one less will be much appreciated. 

 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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Majormadmax - Thanks for the info. How do I go about "notifying" them?
 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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Majormadmax - Thanks for the info. How do I go about "notifying" them?
Here ya go...

Jury Services: Jury Service Exemptions
 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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What if none of these apply? I am sole breadwinner right now, and if I miss work I not only lose a day's pay, but I get points assigned to me. Really can't afford that to happen.

Thanks for all the help.
 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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i got a jury summons too today but I have a child just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I have to test his blood sugar before and after school and inject. so what should I do?
 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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zhugliang1 - One of the exemptions if for primary caregiver. That should work for you. (I've used that one in the past, it just doesn't apply right now.)
 
Old 01-15-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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What if none of these apply? I am sole breadwinner right now, and if I miss work I not only lose a day's pay, but I get points assigned to me. Really can't afford that to happen.

Thanks for all the help.
Contact the clerk of the court and explain the situation. They will be able to tell you if you can get an exemption, and what needs to be done.

However, be prepared that you may not qualify for one. Still, your employer has no right to penalize you for going to jury duty. That is illegal.

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Jury Services: Jurors’ Rights

Additionally, a court may hold an employer in contempt of court if the employer terminates, threatens to terminate, penalizes, or threatens to penalize an employee because the employee performs jury duty.

A person who is injured because of a violation of Chapter 122 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code is entitled to reinstatement to his former position and to damages not less than an amount equal to one year’s compensation nor more than an amount equal to five years’ compensation at the rate at which the person was compensated when summoned for jury service.
 
Old 01-15-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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Majormadmax - Thanks for the help. (And I totally agree with you.)
 
Old 01-15-2013, 10:48 PM
 
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First time I got called got it postponed for 90 days for a legit reason, but I drove 24 miles one way, paid for parking. Got nothing for my time, mileage gas etc. 90 days later went again, sat there until 2pm finally got called, apparently a plea deal so no jury, do not have to go again for another 3 years, again 48 miles round trip, parking etc and no compensation. Twice and paid the expenses myself both times, not much a a civic service.
Interesting the summons was delivered to my neighbors mailbox, if he had not bought me my mail I guess it would have been my fault and contempt.
The system sucks.

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