Is there a way out of jury duty?

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  1. Sniper_5

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    Typically this isn't something I'd concern myself with but I've been hit with alot of stress recently and if I can avoid this at all possible I'd like to. Anyone know how to get out of jury duty?
    ( my great grandmother, whome I was living with passed on the 30 th, my uncle, as power of attorney wants me out asap so I have a basement, and garage to pack, move and clean, two cars to move and fix, I just started work today 6-3, then this letter shows up....)

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    Well I don't know how the forum would feel about this but my gf just got a summons and she was going through some medical issues and she just called them and told them that she was really busy and didn't have the time or money to take time off of work because they don't pay for jury duty. They told her not to worry about coming in.

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    I guess it couldn't hurt to call,I was just weary because its posted all over that if you don't show its a fine or jail time, and no option to opt out on the form.

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    You can try calling the clerk of court and pleading hardship. If that doesn't work then during the picking phase say that anyone who is in court must be guilty because they wouldn't have been arrested otherwise.

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    Tell them your a racist. Also tell them you think if someone is dumb enough to get caught or end up in court then they deserve to go to jail no matter what.
    It worked for me the one and only time I responded to a jury summons.

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    if i recall you can ask for an extension. also, if summoned your work should allow you to go. there are many ways around it. i say just go. it's your civil duty.
     
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    with that username, i'm guessing you're someone who doesn't take their civic duties lightly, and wouldn't make something up just to get out of jury duty. every state is different, but oftentimes a court clerk will give an extension/continuance. if not, some summonses have a box to check for "hardship", and you can explain your reasons. if that isn't accepted, just show up and explain your circumstances - judges are often more lenient for hardship reasons than clerks. and, as a practical matter, most lawyers will be hesitant to pick someone in that situation...
     
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    I understand where your coming from, and under any other circumstances I would be happy to attend and help. I've always tried to help anyone I can, its how I was raised. However,I feel the need to explain myself a little more here, my great grandparents helped raise me from the day I was born and were the center of our family, at 410 am on the 30th I came upstairs to find her on the floor. I can't say I've slept a whole lot since. ( my great grandpa passed away in 2004, so I was the only one residing with her.)


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    I feel that jury duty is something we should all do willingly but quite frankly, life gets in the way. I was in a similar situation to you last march with my grandmother and I can tell you there would be absolutely no way I would have time for jury duty. You should certainly be eligible for an extension and depending on the state/county or whatever, they might even tell you just to not worry about it.

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    Screw that crap, I don't need or want the fate of a man on my concious, especially when the whole justice sytem is farking joke. When I last got summoned to jury a few years ago, I basically told everyone in the courtroom that the defendent was going to burn in hell for his crime. I was immediately kicked out and since then, never asked or summoned for jury duty again. Good riddance

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    From one former Jarhead to another. I know you are a person who knows and will willingly do for their country what you're called to do. This is a hardship situation and carefully read what Huskerkate said above.

    I served Jury duty twice in my life, once in San Jose, CA and the other in Pittsburgh. Both times I was so happy I was picked because I absolutely enjoy jury duty. Earlier this year my daughter married a police officer. That means when I get picked next time I will probably be excused immediately because of a family member who is a police officer. It's too bad too because I enjoy it.

    Again, you have a hardship, the judge will be more likely to allow you to be excused this time.

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    Thanks for all your help guys. I'll probably call in tomorrow after work.

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