OH %&*(& Jury duty! - page 3

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   Babs0512
    I know jury duty can be a pain in the tushy, but living in this country, as free citizens, it is our duty to give back when we can.

    I am appalled by all the advice on how to get out of jury duty. Where is your moral and ethical civic duties?

    I was called for jury duty a month ago. I also had a Dr. appt that I had been waiting for, for 3 months. The doctors appt. fell on the day I was suppose to report - and I had been given a note by the doctor three months earlier advising me of my appt time and what to bring with me. So I had an actual written doctors note.

    Anyway, I called the number provided and explained that I couldn't attend jury duty that day because of the appt., but that I would happily be there the next day and the following week. They excused me, and told me they would call me again for duty in 3 months.

    As much as I feel as you all do, I will go to jury duty - I feel it is the right thing to do.
  2. by   Babs0512
    PS: I've taught my children that there are things in life we may not do want to do, but have to do nonetheless. I have to live up to that. Jury duty falls into that category.
  3. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from Babs0512
    PS: I've taught my children that there are things in life we may not do want to do, but have to do nonetheless. I have to live up to that. Jury duty falls into that category.
    Heaven forbid this country should ever have to turn to having full time-paid jurors because the citizenry doesn't want to be bothered with having to serve.

    And I just wanted to add...anyone who thinks nothing of disregarding a summons to appear for jury duty...that is ILLEGAL. Don't be surprised if law enforcement shows up on your doorstep with a bench warrant and takes you into custody. More and more jurisdictions are cracking down on no-shows because their increasingly high numbers are slowing down the court system.
  4. by   psalm
    I got "the letter" and was wanted for my 3rd semester of nursing school. I filled out my form telling them missing a day of nursing school was like missing a week of school...but I would be willing after I graduated. I was excused.

    I think it is important to be a juror. And you know what, I graduated in 2002 and haven't been summoned back...
  5. by   Babs0512
    las2009: I would be very appreciative if jurors got full pay for the time they are serving. Perhaps between lawmakers and employers, it could be done.

    Tax breaks for our employers to cover 1/2 to 3/4 of our salary, and the balance by local government. Then more people would be less likely to try to get out of jury duty.

    I must admit, the first thing that crossed my mind when I received my summons was "how will we live if I get chosen and it's a long drawn out case?" Will the recession that we are in, that is a real concern for people.

    However, I still feel a moral obligation to attent jury duty, so I will go next time.

    Babs
  6. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from Babs0512
    las2009: I would be very appreciative if jurors got full pay for the time they are serving. Perhaps between lawmakers and employers, it could be done.

    Tax breaks for our employers to cover 1/2 to 3/4 of our salary, and the balance by local government. Then more people would be less likely to try to get out of jury duty.

    I must admit, the first thing that crossed my mind when I received my summons was "how will we live if I get chosen and it's a long drawn out case?" Will the recession that we are in, that is a real concern for people.

    However, I still feel a moral obligation to attent jury duty, so I will go next time.

    Babs

    No...you misunderstood me. I said heaven forbid we go to full-time paid jurors...people whose full-time job it is to be a juryperson. That would create a system ripe with corruption...
  7. by   Atheos
    Quote from Babs0512
    I know jury duty can be a pain in the tushy, but living in this country, as free citizens, it is our duty to give back when we can.

    I am appalled by all the advice on how to get out of jury duty. Where is your moral and ethical civic duties?

    I was called for jury duty a month ago. I also had a Dr. appt that I had been waiting for, for 3 months. The doctors appt. fell on the day I was suppose to report - and I had been given a note by the doctor three months earlier advising me of my appt time and what to bring with me. So I had an actual written doctors note.

    Anyway, I called the number provided and explained that I couldn't attend jury duty that day because of the appt., but that I would happily be there the next day and the following week. They excused me, and told me they would call me again for duty in 3 months.

    As much as I feel as you all do, I will go to jury duty - I feel it is the right thing to do.
    It has nothing to do with moral or ethical duties. Standing up to the man IS the most American thing to do.

    Really though... There is no duty to do anything in America. If jury duty is a civic duty why isn't military service? It is a law but that is a different matter. It is not illegal to get out of jury duty. It also isn't unethical or immoral.

    We are free right? Free to ignore any so called duty. In fact we are free to do anything if we are willing to pay for it.
  8. by   Babs0512
    Las-209, I did misunderstand you, and based upon what you said, I agree 100%. Corruption would be even more rampant that it is already.

    Stanley, you and I have gone toe to toe in the past. We may have to agree to disagree. I believe you are wrong - strictly my opinion.

    Lets assume you are sued by a person harmed by your giving a wrong med (God forbid, but for this example, indulge me). It ends up going to trial, you're going to hope that the jury that is selected is a jury of your peers. Somewhat educated, open minded, ability to see both sides, prosecution and defense. You get the picture.

    Why then do you feel it is not your duty to do the same for others?

    I just don't understand how you can say we have no moral or ethical duty to answer a jury summons.

    We are a government of the people, by the people and for the people - part of our "free" system is the Justice system. Which depends upon jurors to sit in on trials and help to see that the accused is judged fairly.

    I'm not naive enough to think that, that is always the way it goes, I actually feel like I'm talking about Nirvana - but theoretically it's suppose to go that way. It is our duty to contribute.

    That's my opinion
  9. by   hypocaffeinemia
    I have jury duty on the 28th of July. I'm actually looking forward to it as I've never been summoned before and I'm scheduled off that day anyway. Unfortunately the court is specific to certain civil violations committed by paroled prisoners or something, so I doubt it will be interesting like on TV.
  10. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from methylene
    I have jury duty on the 28th of July. I'm actually looking forward to it as I've never been summoned before and I'm scheduled off that day anyway. Unfortunately the court is specific to certain civil violations committed by paroled prisoners or something, so I doubt it will be interesting like on TV.
    I think serving on a jury is a very interesting experience everyone should have at least once. What's particularly fascinating is the way in which the group's unique dynamics are brought to bear upon the deliberations. Our jury's members were ready to kill each other as we debated the guilt/innocence of an accused car thief.
  11. by   Atheos
    We may disagree. I do try to get out of jury duty but if I can't I'll go. I just see duty to the country as a catch all phrase that the gov't sometimes uses to get people to do things. Military service for example. Where does the duty end?

    Anyone that has ever given Uncle Sam a signed check for the amount of 'Up To and Including My Life' has served their duty. That pretty much includes soldiers, firemen, police and a few other groups out there. It should include nurses and CNAs too. People who serve the public are doing their duty more so than others. Why do some have to fulfill more duty?

    I will not advocate lying to get out of jury duty. I won't say it's good to ignore the summons either. I just think certain people should be excused.
  12. by   coolpeach
    I live in Dallas Texas, and they will exempt you if you are a full time student. It doesn't matter if your off the day or even the week that your supposed to be at Jury Duty if you are a full time student in college you do not have to go. I got one a few weeks ago, and on the back it says you are exempt if you are one of the following, and asked me to check the appropriate box if I met one of the criteria.

    I believe it was 1. Full time student
    2. Not a legal citizen
    3. Felon
    4. Permanant disabled
    5. Caring for a child under a certain age.
    I checked full time student, and last week I got a letter in the mail saying I was excused. I am even out for summer break, but still was able to get excused because I am registered for the Nursing program coming up in Aug. I guess they dont want me to get picked, and not be able to show up because my NS program has started.
    Last edit by coolpeach on Jul 4, '08
  13. by   pharmgirl
    When I got my summons I just called and told them that I had a newborn and no sitter and that I would have to bring her. They let me out of it. (I'll bet if you said you had a 2 yr old that would work too, they are worse than infants). If you do end up going, just tell them you believe anyone who breaks the law should serve life in jail.......that'll get you off the hook for sure....LOL. You'll be able to tell the defining questions, just make sure you give the wrong answers.

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