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dbal
04-23-2010, 04:33 PM
Hi- I'm not sure even what forum this belongs in so feel free to move this.

We have a trip planned for the second week of June, and I just got a jury duty notice today to start 3 days prior. This is my first time and I'm so nervous. My dh has been picked 3x and the last one lasted over 2 weeks.

Any suggestions? I'm really nervous!

lovetoscrap
04-23-2010, 04:39 PM
Call the number they should have on the notice and explain the situation. They will usually let you defer serving if you have a vacation already planned. You should be able to wait and serve it another time.

Of course every place is different but hopefully this will work for you.

mydisneykids
04-23-2010, 05:09 PM
Same thing happened to me. The back gave a code for excemption. I filled it out with copies of our plane tickets etc. and all was fine.

Serling126
04-23-2010, 08:19 PM
If they really make a stink about it and they don't let you postpone, you can always tell them you are hostile or unwilling to perform your duty if you are picked. When I had to go to jury selction last time, there was a young "adult" who said there was no way he would be able to stay awake and pay attention during the trial because he was too lazy... and they let him leave!! Unbelieveable, but true... they don't want people there that are going to be trouble.

PolyndianPrincessJes
04-23-2010, 10:46 PM
Same thing happened to me before our September trip last year. I had already postponed once, so I had to go. I was, of course, chosen for the looongest trial (the other would be done in a day or two). I actually wasn't chosen, but one of the alternates skipped out after a break, so I was the last one called because he left. I explained to the judge and lawyers that I had non-refundables for WDW, and they "awwed," the DA asked if he could go with me and they let me go. Just be honest about your situation, and I'd bet they'll excuse you.

YetanotherMouseFan
04-23-2010, 10:51 PM
If you got selected for a criminal trial, during jury selection, you could always say you were a dyed-in-the-wool believer in "an eye for an eye" and think that people dumb enough to get caught must be guilty. Bet you'd get thrown out double-quick! :rotfl:

dbal
04-24-2010, 08:13 AM
thanks for the replies. I'm feeling a little better. It's funny though thinking about all the funny things you would LOVE to say that would get you excused, but I don't have the guts.


Princessjes- how nervous were you? You pretty much didn't know until the last bell. :eek:

Also - I'm curious if you don't mind sharing, how do you get a postponement?

Lori1960
04-24-2010, 10:06 AM
I would contact the court and tell them you have already paid for your trip and if you cancel you will lose the money that you paid.And let them know youn would be willing to serve but on other days and let them know right away dont wait til the last min

Minniemama350
04-24-2010, 10:10 AM
I would also contact Disney if things don't go your way. They helped me bump my dates a little last year during Ga's amazing snowjam w/o asking for more money, even though we were less than 24 hrs from our resi. The 3 day cancellation stuff is so people make a commitment, but they are not tryig to milk you for a situation you can't control. I don't know if the outcome would have been the same had I tried to just cancel though.

DisneyShannon
04-24-2010, 10:53 AM
I have been picked for jury duity twice. I live in a small town. When they asked if you steal raise your hand basically every question they ask raise your hand. sure fire way to get out of it. I wanted to be picked because at the time I was working a job I hated.

Have a great trip I will be there in 8 days.

cm8
04-24-2010, 05:25 PM
If you got selected for a criminal trial, during jury selection, you could always say you were a dyed-in-the-wool believer in "an eye for an eye" and think that people dumb enough to get caught must be guilty. Bet you'd get thrown out double-quick! :rotfl:

:eek:. :rotfl:. so that is how to avoid doing your civic duty huh;). I need to try that one day:rotfl2:

PolyndianPrincessJes
04-25-2010, 01:59 AM
thanks for the replies. I'm feeling a little better. It's funny though thinking about all the funny things you would LOVE to say that would get you excused, but I don't have the guts.


Princessjes- how nervous were you? You pretty much didn't know until the last bell. :eek:

Also - I'm curious if you don't mind sharing, how do you get a postponement?

Well, due to the nature of the trial, the defense was getting rid of most people with young children, so I imagined I'd have gotten axed either way. However, I was really glad when they were so easy about it!! In fact, I've seen the DA a few times since (I work for our public school system), and he mentioned WDW. :laughing:

My letter had a mention about a one time postponement with a number to call. If yours didn't, I'd call the court house and inquire. Good luck!! I bet you won't need it, though. :thumbsup2

diamondpixienc
04-25-2010, 11:03 AM
Just try the honest approach first. :lovestruc If that doesn't work just politely ask "Will Grissom or Horatio from CSI be there w/ GSR & DNA samples?" Surely you will be dismissed :lmao::rotfl:

beccamarie
04-25-2010, 02:35 PM
Usually, if you have kids under the age of 10, you can be excused. When I got my summons, there was a box to check for this.

Tnkrbelle565
04-25-2010, 03:12 PM
Usually, if you have kids under the age of 10, you can be excused. When I got my summons, there was a box to check for this.

WOW what state do you live in???? I was NURSING and couldn't get excused! Mass is tough though. You can basically make every excuse in the book and they aren't letting you out of jury duty. However, you can postpone it one time.

LaurLaur04
04-25-2010, 07:31 PM
Heck, just say you know the defendants's cousin's daughter's boyfriend and you will probably be dismissed for being connected to the defendant lol

Maniacmous
04-26-2010, 03:25 PM
Just call them and explain, nicely and calmly, your situation, generally the staff can take care of things before needing to appear. If not, you may have to appear anyway and explain to the judge, don't be nervous, they don't bite (trust me), and you'll likely get away free and clear. As someone else said, generally they try to work with you. For any 'regular' civil or criminal case, that should work, though for things like capital murder cases, it won't necessarily (there are generally different rules for how those juries are handled in most states).

That being said, I've heard of instances where people that deliberately try to be idiots about it (screaming they are racist, hate women, think jaywalkers should get the death penalty, whatever) get put through the wringer.

As I said, be nice, be honest, and do it as quickly as you can, and you should be perfectly fine.

bopper
04-26-2010, 05:15 PM
Two ways to go about it:

1) Call the number/write the letter and tell them you have already planned and paid for a vacation 3 days after your are to show up and see if you can get a deferral.

2) If you can't, then if you are selected for a jury pool they will ask you if you would be able to serve however long the trial is supposed to last. If it is past your vacation start day, then just say "I have already paid for a vacation that is to start on X day so I would not be available."

This might be the best way because you have "done your duty" but then you can still go on vacation.

I was selected for a long trial that was supposed to last 5 weeks or so and I told them I had a long weekend planned after the 5th weekend and somebody else had a Cruise planned. We went through the trial and were in jury deliberations and I was allowed to go on my Columbus Day weekend trip (leaving early on Fri and I think the court didn't have session on Monday anyway.) THe person with the cruise happened to be chosen as an alternate and they let her go early since there were 2 other alternates anyway.

stacy347
04-26-2010, 11:53 PM
I'm dealing with this myself right now. I have to go down 5 days before we leave. :eek:

I called down to the courthouse to ask about a postponement and they said it would be better to just go down there, serve the day and see if I get picked (the person I talked to said, "Most of the hooligans down here cop a plea, you'll probably go home by lunchtime." :rotfl:) This is Downtown Detroit so you get the picture.

He did tell me to bring proof of my pre-paid rooms/tickets and if by some chance I got picked, they would most likely reschedule my service dates.

Fingers crossed!! :goodvibes

GaSleepingBeautyFan
04-27-2010, 06:06 PM
Defer it. It's easy to do by calling the number on the form. Just let them know you'll be out of town.

I've had to do it and had no problems.

ZoZo
04-27-2010, 07:10 PM
Call the number they should have on the notice and explain the situation. They will usually let you defer serving if you have a vacation already planned. You should be able to wait and serve it another time.

Of course every place is different but hopefully this will work for you.

I was going to suggest the same thing. In my county, you can ask to have your jury duty deferred to a different timeframe (you can usually name a specific time).