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What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010

I've been summoned to Jury Duty in my legal home state of Arizona. However, I've been living in California since May of 2009 (but never became a California "citizen" as I intended to move back to Arizona (and still do) on short order). I postponed the Jury duty by 90 days from September to December but due to life's changes, I will not be able to permanently reside in Arizona the day that I have rescheduled the jury duty for.

What is the worst thing that can happen to me if I miss jury duty?

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:09:12 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

It depends on the judge.

I saw a story recently about a judge that got so fed up because a majority of people don't show up, that he summoned a bunch to hear their excuses, and either excused them or told them to show up again soon.

It's supposed to be illegal.

One thing to think about, possibly, is California versus AZ law. I don't know what Cali law is with how soon you are supposed to change over and become their "citizen", but I would wonder if you are just violating their law(maybe maybe not) and it would be valid for AZ as an excuse if asked in the future... It's not AZ's residency rules you're violating right?

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:10:52 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:09:12 2010.

I just didn't want to ever go through the hassle, and expense, of re-registering everything in California and then Arizona again. Technically, I'm violating California law now (but if I miss jury duty I'd be violating Arizona law).

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:10:56 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

What is the worst thing that can happen to me if I miss jury duty?

Nothing. Unless they sent it registered mail. Otherwise you never got it.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:17:23 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:10:52 2010.

Exactly. So I don't know if AZ is really going to throw you under the bus for violating CA law. I'm hoping that you have a valid excuse. Which might depend on why you're in cali temporarily.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Tue Nov 2 22:18:56 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

nothing ! dont worry about it

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Railman718 on Tue Nov 2 22:20:15 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

They come to your house and beat you...

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Tue Nov 2 22:20:54 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Railman718 on Tue Nov 2 22:20:15 2010.

lol

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:29:14 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

Contact the commissioner of jurors IN ADVANCE of the date and explain your situation. You should be able to arrange for another reschedule since you're not a resident. Failure to do so will result in a bench warrant for your arrest that will be waiting for you the moment you step back inside the borders and get spotted by a cop and called in. DO work it out before it's too late. You HAVE an excuse.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by monorail on Tue Nov 2 22:29:19 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.


'What is the worst thing that can happen to me if I miss jury duty?'

IDK, I kinda 'miss' jury duty, but I doubt anything can be done about it.....

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:32:27 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:29:14 2010.

Failure to do so will result in a bench warrant for your arrest that will be waiting for you the moment you step back inside the borders and get spotted by a cop and called in. DO work it out before it's too late.

wtf? Are you serious? A very significant number of people ignore the notices. How can you be arrested when they would not be able to prove that you ever received the notice?

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:39:27 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:32:27 2010.

Technically he is right.

However in practice depending on where you are
Sentinal story I was talking about

Ninth Judicial Circuit statistics indicate about 50 percent of jurors summoned for jury duty in Orange are not showing up in court when they're supposed to. Court officials issue several thousand summonses each month for jury duty.

Many of the no-shows are the result of bad address information based on outdated driver's license details. In many cases, it's not certain whether the summonses are getting to the would-be jurors

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of course the judge excused people with "language barriers"

If he is in california, I wonder how he got a summons for AZ.......

[please don't answer that question.....]

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:43:09 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:39:27 2010.

My "legal" address is in Arizona and the people at that address forward me my mail.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:43:50 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:43:09 2010.

ACK, don't accomplice me. that's why i said don't mention it!

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:50:21 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:32:27 2010.

Failure to obey the court is at minimum a misdemeanor in most states. However, rather than filing a criminal complaint, what the court does is issue a bench warrant for failure to appear. That's a misdemeanor everywhere. Ever hear cops on TV get back over the radio, "no wants, no warrants?" The latter is where this would fall. A bench warrant is enough to get you hauled in. It ain't GTA, but it's a crime.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:54:30 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:50:21 2010.

They do not do that for jury duty. As OBS posted there are many notices that are sent out to the wrong address and otherwise not delivered.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:56:53 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:54:30 2010.

In New York, and many other states, they do indeed. I'd be very surprised if California doesn't also issue a bench warrant for failure to appear. The SEVERITY of this may be another story, and I failed to mention that it can probably be thrown out if there's a valid excuse with proof. But courts DO take failure to appear seriously ...

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:59:11 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:56:53 2010.

Do they not have to send you some type of notice of a warrant? I thought they did.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 23:02:36 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:59:11 2010.

I've never put myself there, only reason I know about it is I've done Jerry Doody too many times to count and the notice always spells out that stuff. One time I asked the clerk, "what happens if?" while there, and that's what I was told. Never wanted to find out. :)

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 23:11:12 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:56:53 2010.

There's absolutely nothing that they can do unless you admit that you received the notices. Does that not make sense? They can't prove that you skipped jury duty if you never got the notice and unless they sent it registered mail they have no proff that it was delivered. Nobody gets warrants for skipping jury duty.

And no, courts do not take failure to appear seriously because most of the people that fail to appear really never did get the notice. It is a problem but people aren't getting arrested for skipping jury duty. Every once in a while a cop wants to get on CNN and will take people from their homes straight to jury duty, but that's about it.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 23:13:56 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 23:11:12 2010.

Maybe they do what scummy corporations and bill collectors do.

"If we don't receive it back as undeliverable we just assume it made it" I think there might be a legal precidant for that, but I totally don't remember where I saw it.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Mr Mabstoa on Tue Nov 2 23:36:56 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Tue Nov 2 22:20:54 2010.

Has that happened to you?

Let me guess, you have weaseled your way out of jury duty?



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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 23:39:52 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 23:11:12 2010.

Can't speak for how California handles it ... New York though assumes that you got it. They are kinda persistent about it too.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SMAZ on Wed Nov 3 00:42:28 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

Probably nothing.
In the past, I have been out of the country for months at a time.
I would come back and there would be an old jury summons for a date that had already passed.
I would just call them up and tell them that i was out of the country for several months and that was that. They never verified if I was being truthful nor did they seem to even care.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Terrapin Station on Wed Nov 3 01:41:08 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 23:11:12 2010.

Thanks for correcting SelkirkTMO, Easy. He is wrong quite often.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Terrapin Station on Wed Nov 3 01:42:26 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by SelkirkTMO on Tue Nov 2 22:29:14 2010.



You should be able to arrange for another reschedule since you're not a resident.

Can't you read???? He quite clearly stated that HE IS STILL A LEGAL RESIDENT! If he wasn't a resident, then he wouldn't be having this problem!!!!!

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Nov 3 01:54:28 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

If you like to gamble, nothing will happen. But something always can.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Wed Nov 3 02:15:05 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Nov 3 01:54:28 2010.

With deference to terrorpin, perhaps Arizona doesn't treat it the same as New York ... NY would rather collect a fine rather than pay for your housing, but the exact penalties are at the discretion of the particular county's commissioner of jurors ... bench warrant is a certainty though. But you have to be wanted or charged with something else to get a guaranteed peepee whack for it ...

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Wed Nov 3 03:54:54 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

I was fined 50 dollars, once, for ignoring summonses for 3 years.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Wed Nov 3 03:59:32 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by orange blossom special on Tue Nov 2 22:17:23 2010.

Take it to bustalk

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 06:42:35 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 23:11:12 2010.

This is true, but they can still arrest you. You have nothing to fear if you never roll through a stop sign, or never go 5 mph over the speed limit. If you want to go through the hassle of being arrested when you get stopped for speeding, go right ahead and ignore the notice. Once arrested, you can start your "well I never got it" routine, but who wants to go through that hassle?

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Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 06:44:04 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Tue Nov 2 22:32:27 2010.

You can use that for your defense. But you still can get arrested. If you want to be bothered with that whole process, go right ahead, ignore it. A simple traffic stop can turn into a day or two ordeal....and then having to deal with defense.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 06:47:26 2010, in response to What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by PHXTUSbusfan on Tue Nov 2 22:03:55 2010.

Let me guess, you've still got your car registered in AZ cuz it's cheaper? :P

Better report, chum. :)

your pal,
Fred

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Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 07:48:02 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 06:47:26 2010.

Ahh, and people wonder why liberal policy in California makes people leave the state and not want to live there.....

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 07:49:24 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 07:48:02 2010.

He left Arizona tho.

your pal,
Fred

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Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 08:00:23 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 07:49:24 2010.

Yes, but he wants to go back.

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Posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 08:05:15 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 08:00:23 2010.

But there's jury duty there.

your pal,
Fred

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Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 08:09:41 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 08:05:15 2010.

LOL!

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Posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 08:36:22 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 08:09:41 2010.

Hahaha, I know, what a soap opera.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Easy on Wed Nov 3 09:44:51 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed Nov 3 06:44:04 2010.

Except that they don't issue warrants for people that don't respond to notices because:

1- A large number of people don't respond (OBS said almost 50%).
2- Most of those people have legitimate excuses for not responding (moved, wrong address, out of town, etc).

They send a nasty letter or two saying what can happen for skipping jury duty and that's it.

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by Fred G on Wed Nov 3 10:13:02 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Wed Nov 3 09:44:51 2010.

Makes sense to me. They don't wanna spend too much dough on this shit.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Wed Nov 3 13:03:09 2010, in response to Re: What happens if you miss jury duty?, posted by Easy on Wed Nov 3 09:44:51 2010.

ayeppa

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