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Old 07-07-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Nope. The judge will simply reassign you to the Civil Court.
Okay, tell the judge you have ADD then start staring at the ceiling.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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demand to be the foreman so you will be able to influence the other idiots they assign you to.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: L.A., CA
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I find that if you're not trying to completely get out of jury duty, the people at the court are pretty helpful. Technically, you can postpone up to a year from the original date they sent you. I was once able to put it off for two years, a few months at a time. I just kept explaining that I was an hourly employee, and I couldn't afford the loss of income, but that I'd be glad to do my part once it was financially feasible for me to do so.

A note from your doctor might help, too. Ask the court what information they need first.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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Jury selections come from two sources - DMV records and voter registration. If you don't want to be selected, here's one thing you can do.

Get a mail box from a small, private company, not the Post Office. Use that as your address on your license or ID and close it shortly after you receive it.

The courts won't have any way to locate you.

I don't think there's very much you can do for voters registration. I don't think you can use private mail boxes.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I don't think there's very much you can do for voters registration. I don't think you can use private mail boxes.
Sure there's something you can do - don't register.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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It's all simpler than everybody here makes it out to be, and I know this from personal experience.

Just throw the letter away. I'm sorry to admit that I'm a jury duty deadbeat, but several years ago I got really annoyed with my jury duty summons, mainly because whenever I report for duty they always dismiss me during vor dire, probably because I'm an engineer and they don't want anybody on a jury if they have the ability to reason.

Anyway I got my notice and I knew what it was from the printing on the outside. I filed it away. A year or two later I got another summons and I filed that too away, right next to the other notice. I moved out of LA earlier this year and I still had those unopened notices. I threw them in the trash when I moved. I never heard anything more about it.

So there you have it, the ideal solution. Just ignore the notices. As far as I can tell they just send out more notices to other people instead of following up on somebody who ignores the summons.

Regards,

Deadbeat Greg
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:19 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I'm hearing impaired and it's best if I not serve as I would likely miss a lot of the proceedings ... Fortunately, I can get my doctor to get me off.

Honestly, I cannot afford jury duty as an hourly employee and grateful that I've gotten off twice.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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I have friends who ignored the mail and it kept coming...then the fine notices started and the threats not to renew driver license etc...
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I have friends who ignored the mail and it kept coming...then the fine notices started and the threats not to renew driver license etc...
It is always a cousin, a friend, a friends friend, but never does anyone ever say they got dinged.

I have never received anything other than the summons that seems to always get thrown out. I have never seen any sort of fine or threat. This is 40 years of summons never received. My lawyer told me in the 70's they need a receipt to even try to fine you. Your appearance, phone call is the receipt.

There are people who love to be on jury duty. I have dated nurses who loved it, their employers have set aside sick leave, personal leave and jury duty leave. Many people receive full pay if they go.

I refuse to be the lowest denominator in the court room. The Judge makes some serious income, the attorneys make major money, the wronged person is hoping their case will bring them millions.
"Larry Parker got me 4 million dollars!"

I refuse to enter those doors for $5 a day.

That said here is a link for a small CA county of Tuolumne

Jury duty dodgers get day in court (http://www.uniondemocrat.com/20110712104126/News/Local-News/Jury-duty-dodgers-get-day-in-court - broken link)
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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It is always a cousin, a friend, a friends friend, but never does anyone ever say they got dinged.

I have never received anything other than the summons that seems to always get thrown out. I have never seen any sort of fine or threat. This is 40 years of summons never received. My lawyer told me in the 70's they need a receipt to even try to fine you. Your appearance, phone call is the receipt.

There are people who love to be on jury duty. I have dated nurses who loved it, their employers have set aside sick leave, personal leave and jury duty leave. Many people receive full pay if they go.

I refuse to be the lowest denominator in the court room. The Judge makes some serious income, the attorneys make major money, the wronged person is hoping their case will bring them millions.
"Larry Parker got me 4 million dollars!"

I refuse to enter those doors for $5 a day.

That said here is a link for a small CA county of Tuolumne

Jury duty dodgers get day in court (http://www.uniondemocrat.com/20110712104126/News/Local-News/Jury-duty-dodgers-get-day-in-court - broken link)
I dont blame You.

The last summons I received was about 4 years ago. I did the phone in and went to the courthouse, then 1/2 hour later they let us all go.
This was Malibu Courthouse so it was pretty simple for me.

My girlfriend, about 3 months ago, ignored letters etc., then she received a fine notice and letter indicating her DL would not be renewed. I was right there so I know what was happening. She ended up reporting in person to the airport and they made her sit there all day. total waste of time and cost her a lot of money in lost wages & commissions.

The next time I receive one, unless it is in malibu again, I will ignore them and report on my findings.
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