Failure to Respond to Jury Summons - page 4

I just got the "Failure to Respond to Jury Summons" letter. I was in school for nursing at the time I got the letter for jury duty and didn't go. I didn't even have the TIME to go. But I don't think... Read More

  1. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Speaking as some one that gets a summons like clock work every six months, and yes many times during nursing school (literally I got a summons for the day before my NCLEX!!)...nursing school is not an excuse. You still have to fill out the form and mail it in or call. I always got out of it temporarily by filling out "temporary financial hardship", writing out my nursing school schedule (which was obviously not even conducive with being on a jury) and putting the date I was available; which was during school breaks, and I did have to go once but they selected their jury before they got to me. You do have to be available too, if you ask for an extension too many times they will make you appear. Most times I got lucky during my school breaks and the cases were canceled. Getting out of it when it was schedule for during my NCLEX, I simply called the court house and explained that I was taking my nursing boards the next day. She totally understood and pushed me out a few months.
  2. by   JeanettePNP
    Here you get automatically excused if you can prove that your youngest child is younger than 4... even if you are not a full time SAHM.
  3. by   mshultz
    Here in Ohio, the actual penalties for failing to report for jury duty vary by county and even by judge (as opposed to the written law). In Wayne County, they would probably just ignore you (perhaps because so many of us take our civic duties seriously that there is no shortage of jurors reporting for duty).

    On the other hand, I know of a person in an adjacent county who was charged with contempt of court. He told them that he might have to leave the country during the time he was eligible for duty. Unfortunately for him, he was called for duty when he was out of the country. The fact that he had told them in advance made no difference to the court.

    Maybe he was able to have this charge removed from his "permanent record" by serving at a later date. I do not know.

    As far as breastfeeding, at one trial the judge dismissed a juror for that reason. At another trial, a different judge did not like to excuse anyone for any reason.

    When I was on county grand jury this year, all 9 of us had perfect attendance for the 4 Friday sessions. I guess this was unusual. It made for short days, since nobody had to be brought in as a substitute and brought up to speed.
  4. by   April, RN
    Quote from abbaking
    Perhaps its just me, but I think Jury Duty is a waste of time. I am not interested in the least in the justice system and I don't feel as though US citizens should be required to complete there "Civic Duty".
    Speaking on Jury duty - I have it on Monday...and I did not inform my boss!
    We aren't summoned to jury duty to give us the wonderful interesting opportunity to participate in the justice system. It's not about us. It's about providing a fair trial to our peers. As others have already brought up: if we don't serve, who should? I'm not interested in certain parts of my job as a nurse, but I perform to the best of my ability anyway because my patients deserve it.