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Old 03-29-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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I recieved a letter out of the blue saying that I had to report to County Courthouse in Riverhead within 10 days. It goes on to read that since I have been avoiding the questionaire I have to show up in person.

Has anyone ever have to do this? What if I dont report? How do they know I recieved the letter(it wasnt certified). To be honest I dont want to miss work for a measly pay of $40 per day served on jury duty. A long criminal trial could cost me alot of cash!!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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I recieved a letter out of the blue saying that I had to report to County Courthouse in Riverhead within 10 days. It goes on to read that since I have been avoiding the questionaire I have to show up in person.

Has anyone ever have to do this? What if I dont report? How do they know I recieved the letter(it wasnt certified). To be honest I dont want to miss work for a measly pay of $40 per day served on jury duty. A long criminal trial could cost me alot of cash!!

Thanks in advance.

You generally just have to call in for a week after that youre done.

is easier to do than avoid.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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First, New York law finds that proof of mailing is presumption of receipt and the courts are careful to maintain their proof.
When you show up for court there will be 40 or 50 other potential jurors. The plaintiff and defense attorneys will question several (voi dere (sp)) until a jury is picked for whatever trial is scheduled and many companies continue employee salaries (some less jury pay) while you are serving.
If you are not picked you have served your jury duty for now.
If you fail to show you will be found to be in contempt of court, arrested and may well spend jail time that may exceed the time you would spend on most jurys. Your loss of pay will be greater for not showing up.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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In many cases courts will have a call in schedule, but since you have already failed to respond to questionaires that option is lost for you.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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Im going to show up and tell them that anyone accused is guilty in my eyes. Then what?
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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Smart choice to show up and your comment will get you one of two things - kicked of, excused from jury duty by either the judge of one of the attorneys, most likely plaintiffs or the judge may well see through you and allow questioning to continue if you even get to that point. I have been picked for jury duty 3 times; once excused because of my profession, once a jury was picked before they got to me and in one case it was settled between opposing attorneys during lunch break and we all went home.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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Gosh. I LOVE being on a jury. It's so interesting and there's lots of camaraderie among the jurors. I had thought I wouldn't get past the voir dire because my brother was a DA, but I almost always get chosen.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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If you fail to show you will be found to be in contempt of court, arrested and may well spend jail time that may exceed the time you would spend on most jurys. Your loss of pay will be greater for not showing up.

Do people really get arrested when they do not show up? I understand that is the law but does it ever really happen here on Long Island? That seems like a waste of time for the police.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:22 AM
 
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I'm not sure if people get arrested, but since I've never taken the chance I've always just gone. I was just there this month and I lost two days of work. Usually I only lose one. Since my employer pays my regular salary, I wasn't automatically granted leave right away. The trial was to last about 3 weeks, and before the questions began, the judge asked people if they had an issue with that. About half the people were excused, due to vacations, child care costs and jobs that didn't pay causing 'financial hardship.' So most likely you could use the same excuse and you'd be good for 6 years after that.
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:29 AM
 
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I was called a few weeks ago, called in for 4 days straight, after the 4th day I was excused for 6 years.

A friend had to actually go to the court, but was excused the first day after questioning. It's kinda stupid to ignore a summons from a court of law.
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