OH %&*(& Jury duty! - page 2

I go to school four days a week. I just got a jury summons, I swear I get them every four months! I so can not deal with this while in school, and they do not let you out of it for school unless it... Read More

  1. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Wow. How do they pick you for jury duty? I've never gotten a summons and I'm almost 27.




    Knock on wood.
    Last edit by Lisa CCU RN on Oct 1, '06
  2. by   labcat01
    Ok...whenever I get a jury summons it usually says right there on the card the reasons you can be excused for jury duty (student, parent of a young child, etc.) and you just circle it and mail it back. Does your jury summons say anything like that?

    Also, in my county, you get selected by your license and voter registration so if the name on your license doesn't match the name on the voter registration card (say you omit your middle initial) then you are more likely to get called for jury duty (because your address is in there twice). You might want to check and see if that applies to you.
  3. by   mamason
    This also happened to me :wink2: while in nursing school. I simply wrote them back explaining my circumstances. That's all it took.
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    In TN it's also by Drivers License and Voters Registration. My Dad has received many summons for jury duty over the years. My Mom has not received one and she has no drivers license but is registered to vote.
  5. by   smk1
    If you have children let them know this would place an undue hardship due to childcare issues, also let them know that you are a nursing student and have mandatory clinical days that cannot be missed or made up. That should get you out of it.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    i vote, i drive - i have had notice 3 times with instructions to call the evening before scheduled selection..twice i was instructed not to come in
    i was on jury once

    does anyone believe in civic duty
  7. by   missninaRN
    Chatsdale-
    I don't think the OP was trying to shirk civic duty but rather trying to not get kicked out of the nursing program due to the absences that serving on a jury would entail.

    To the OP-
    Can you ask about having your turn to serve deferred until you are not in classes, maybe the Summer?
  8. by   jov
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    I just got a jury summons
    I too got a jury summons last year in the middle of nursing school. I sent it back with a letter basically saying "guys, please, you dont understand, missing only 1 day of nursing school will be a problem, missing a week seriously would sink my ship for the semester." I promised I would be happy to do in the summer while I was off, but please, please, please do not make me go now. I didn't have to go then but lo and behold they DID send me a summons in the summer. Which I honored. And which I was excused on day 1.

    as far as the advice from another poster about throw it away... I wouldn't do that if I were you. Take it from someone who has worked in the legal system....
  9. by   Ado Annie
    Quote from redefinition
    People in my family just throw the summons away. It's not sent by registered mail so there's no proof that you ever got it. The one that I got I was excused though for school.
    When I went for jury duty, the judge was sending out deputies to bring people in who had been summoned and hadn't shown up.
  10. by   puggymae
    Ask your clinical instructor or advisor to write a letter on official letterhead describing your program and how you can fall behind and possibly fail if you miss class/clinical. I do this all the time for students and have never been turned down by the court.
  11. by   smk1
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    i vote, i drive - i have had notice 3 times with instructions to call the evening before scheduled selection..twice i was instructed not to come in
    i was on jury once

    does anyone believe in civic duty
    it's not about not believing in civic duty, it is about not ruining your graduation chances for a jury summons. Certain situations call for an excuse for the duty. Doesn't mean you never have to do it, just that you can't at the moment. Personally I can't afford to be kicked out of the program because of missed clinical days.
  12. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from SMK1
    it's not about not believing in civic duty, it is about not ruining your graduation chances for a jury summons. Certain situations call for an excuse for the duty. Doesn't mean you never have to do it, just that you can't at the moment. Personally I can't afford to be kicked out of the program because of missed clinical days.
    The civic duty issues I think were directed at the individual who posted that his or her family just throws the summons in the trash.

    It will catch up to them sooner or later.
  13. by   WDWpixieRN
    I always write to the court if an address is available and let them know that I dispatched for a large sheriff's department for several years, worked in the DA's office as a clerk for one year, and that my husband and father-in-law were both deputies on the same department as I and that if someone was REALLY sure I had a shot at being picked for a jury, I'd be happy to show up....

    Usually get an excused absence within a week or so....there's never a chance in HE!! that I'll be chosen for a jury. However in my younger years I would've LOVED an opportunity to serve and watch a live trial....the only time I didn't get turned down was for Federal jury duty....my district D.A. tried to get me excused and they even laughed in HIS face!!

    Maybe you have similar relations? Sounds like the RN thing would add to your valid request for excuse.....

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