What do drivers do about jury summons?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TomCougar, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    They can start sending them registered then. The postal service loses packages so it’s not unrealistic to think that not all letters get delivered.
     
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  3. Moose1958

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    I want to add something I was just discussing in private with another member. Generally speaking, if there are a sufficient amount of people in the Jury pools a judge will just let no shows slide. It is when the Jury pools don't have enough to deal with the cases before the court that Judges start to get angry. One of the now-retired Superior Court Judges back in my hometown in Georgia was known to send a deputy out to your residence to fetch a recalcitrant jury member that failed to show, (IF) the Judge was angry. I will also add that deputies have been known to keep a list of people for whatever reason they need to speak to. The county clerks office has been also known to recycle jury lists.

    One more point about jury lists. I think most places have got away from what is called a "local organ" newspaper. In my hometown, they had a legal section where things like Jury lists were published. If my memory serves once a letter was sent out the prospective juror had so many days to notify the clerk's office of receipt. If there was no receipt they could send out a deputy. It was (and still is I guess) the county clerk's job to ensure all the people on that jury list were there. Again I have no idea how this is done today.
     
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  4. Espressolane

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    Jury pool is from more than just voter registration.
    Driver license, property tax rolls are also used.

    Since you don’t participate in these things, you have no right to complain about anything.
     
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  5. A Bug

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    It depends where you live at. In east Tennessee the jury pool is only taken from voter registration and nothing else. That is why I am not registered to vote either. I do not have to worry though because I know Tennessee will vote Trump 2020 whether I vote or not so no need for me to jury myself.
     
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  6. Moose1958

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    I would be a fan of using a driver's license list (that also includes state-issued IDs) for Jury lists. The best fairest way I know of to spread this duty around.
     
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  7. Buddy Thunderstruck

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    Fear mongering like this is what keeps most people compliant. Prove the notice got to the end user. Maybe my crazy ex wife comes by and steals them or my kid lost it.

    I will agree no showing for jury duty after they know you got it ie: calling in is bad. But it aint my fault all 12 notices sent got lost in the mail.
     
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  8. Moose1958

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    I stated my peace! And continue to stand by my words!
     
  9. ZVar

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    After having dealt with the courts a couple of times in civil matters (which a jury summons would be) everything in the court is about written proof. No record and it didn't happen.Yes verbal agreements are 'valid', but proving it is just about impossible so in reality useless in a court.

    I too have tossed jury summons twice in my life. Both times I had just started a new job and didn't want to wait the one or three months for the next training class (One company was every month, one was every 3)
    Once in Texas, once in Michigan.

    Like stated, for it to be a legal summons, it needs to be well legal. Someone not party needs to serve the summons to the person. No dropping in the mailbox, no giving it to a 3rd party like the wife.
    Now, if they do a proper summons and you don't show, then you can get in trouble. Everything else is myth put out to make people think they need to disrupt their life to sit on a trial.
     
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  10. Espressolane

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    Actually, thats not fully true. In the 1968 Supreme Court ruling, that a jury be a fair representation of the community. More source lists are used. Also in a number of states, no voter registration or other source list older than the update cycle can be used. On average that every 2 years. Some of this is prescribed by federal law, others states law.
     
  11. A Bug

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    What?
     
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