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Old 06-16-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Jury Duty, Just My Luck

Well starting Monday I was called to jury duty, so each night I called and was told my group was on telephone stand by and call again the following night. Well tonight (Thursday) when I called I was told to report tomorrow, Friday, I have my first outing planned next week for my TT so I will be asking for a postponement. What luck!!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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OMG R U KIDDING ME! And I thought Don had it bad!

I was just about to post this when I saw your thread!

May I preface this by saying that Don and I already discussed this dilemma and I will take the older grandkids North to our first destination. He will jump on the next available Greyhound! Ugh!!

Don received his (fricken) jury notice last week saying he had to start calling Sunday night (6-12-11)! Mind you we are heading out of town this coming Saturday 6-18-11 for a month long trip with grandkids! We knew he would be safe if he was fortunate to show up earlier this week....

He called faithfully each night with the promise that after Friday he would be excused for two years or whatever. Tonight we call! What do you know! Not only does he have to show up, but it's at 12 noon (not first thing in the morning).

I don't know where you are from, but here in our county, it takes an hour to register, than another hour to watch a "your obligation" video, then time for lunch... ummmmm he is going after lunch!!!! Ok, so they will defer/postpone you to the next day.... WHICH WILL BE MONDAY! And if you are lucky enough to be one of the first 50 to be called, then what do you say to get excused?

OK, so I think this thread should now be: HOW TO ACT SO YOU GET EXCUSED if called the first day (or even second day)!

I told Don he needs to tell them every 5 minutes he has to PEE!



BTW - In our county you DONT asked to be deferred as, if you have a trip planned next time you are called, sooooooooooooo sorry - you are screwed! We have several planned in the next year!

Otherwise... anyone have any suggestions for Don to survive a five hour Greyhound ride?! LOL!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:13 AM   #3
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I don't know how old Don is, but up here in Canada once you reach the age of 65 you are not eligible for jury duty (at least in Alberta), also if you are retired law enforcement you are also ineligible. One way to get out of it is to keep asking where the guilty ******* is. Works every time!!!

It wouldn't let me use that word but it starts with a B and ends with a D.
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To me it is a HONOR to serve on jury duty.. HOWEVER if you have a trip planned and reservations made go see the court clerk or bailiff showing them the reservations and you can get differed to a later date.. they are usually very good about that...
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
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I have been summoned three times to federal court jury duty in Norfolk, 65 miles away, but never had to go. I would call in every night for a number of days until the time expired, I guess they did not need me. One time during my busy season I asked for and received a deferral, to a later date.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:00 PM   #6
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I don't know how old Don is, but up here in Canada once you reach the age of 65 you are not eligible for jury duty (at least in Alberta), also if you are retired law enforcement you are also ineligible. One way to get out of it is to keep asking where the guilty ******* is. Works every time!!!

It wouldn't let me use that word but it starts with a B and ends with a D.
I'll have Don check on the 65 or older thing, although he has a few years left for that. He is retired law enforcement, but still had to do Jury Duty. It sorta sucked that he would go, but because he was law enforcement, he was sent home. It was frustrating... why make him go just to send him home... There were a couple of years though that he was excused as in recent years there was a law enforcement option he could check and send notice back, but the last notice didn't have the option for law enforcement.

Although I like your suggestion, I'm pretty sure he would pass on that one
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:07 PM   #7
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To me it is a HONOR to serve on jury duty.. HOWEVER if you have a trip planned and reservations made go see the court clerk or bailiff showing them the reservations and you can get differed to a later date.. they are usually very good about that...
Over the years I was selected for jury twice. One was a week long, the other turned out to be something like 10 days. Our courtroom had very uncomfortble chairs (not sure if they still do) that I had to sit in for at least 4-5 hours a day. I was more than delighted to serve and my district supported me being absent for it

I had mine deffered due to an upcoming trip about 10 years ago. They only deffered for 6months and said that if I did deffer I wouldn't be allowed to deffer on the next notice ; that if I took the chance of not being selected, then I was good for the next two years.

The only problem now-a-days, is that we travel a lot. In the fall we will be out of the lower 48 two different times. Unfortunately for us now is that Jury Duty has gone from being and "honor" to being a bother... I know, shame on us!
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I have been excused or deferred several times from local and federal juries by just asking for a deferral. someone mentioned if you are over 65 you will not be called if you don't want to except on federal juries

I consider it an honor to serve but do not want to disrupt my travels for it.
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For 32 years, I worked for a company that would allow me to take off for jury duty and pay me for the differnece in my normal payand what the jury pay was. I got called twice.

When I retired from that company and went to work third shift for a convenience store for 5 1/2 years, I called upon every year! I got an excuse the first four years because I would have had to report for jury duty after working all night and wouldn't be awake enough to serve during the day, my company would need more notice to find a replacement for me if I was selected since I would be too wasted to work that night. All I would received would have been the jury pay since I would be serving outside my work hours so I would have been out a significant chunk of change. The fifth year, the rotten misbegottens changed the rules to where I would have to report to get an excuse; I could no longer do it by mail! Fortunately, the phone check the day before said I wouldn't be needed.

I've been fully retired two years now and haven't been called! I agree it's an honor to serve but it has become a hurt in the donkey. The first time I'm forced to report when I have a trip scheduled, I'm unregistering! In the past 10 years, I have voted for only one person that I thought showed any promise (and he was a bitter disapointment), the rest of the time I've voted for the lesser of the two evils, so frankly, I don't know why I bother anymore (unless it's from the habit of doing do for the past 42 years).
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"Pardon?" If you can't hear what they are asking you they will let you off.
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