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jury duty? in college?

dreamer11dreamer11 Posts: 43Registered User Junior Member
edited June 2013 in Parent Cafe
My d, a freshman six hours away at school gets a Jury Duty summons for the city she is studying....students are not excempt? A. She has a full load of classes B. no transpertation to the court So she can postpone once butshe will still have a full load of classes no matter what while she is in that city...can she possibly get a transfer to our city in the summer?This is confusing!
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  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Posts: 22,762Registered User Senior Member
    Is this in MA? They're fairly well-known for requiring resident students to serve Jury Duty. Previous thread:

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1199039-jury-duty-college-student.html?highlight=jury+duty
  • MommaJMommaJ Posts: 4,670Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know how other states handle these things, but my H has totally ignored every jury duty summons he has received for years (not saying I endorse this approach, but that's his choice), and there were never any consequences.
  • EPTREPTR Posts: 3,702Registered User Senior Member
    If your D is in Maryland, Dreamer, we could have her trade identities with my D! Mine got summons in MA, where we live but is in school in Maryland and won't be home until Christmas. She had to postpone it to January!
  • kiddiekiddie Posts: 1,452Registered User Senior Member
    My daughter is Boston got a notice for May (after classes are over) - she postponed on-line until next year (after finals next April) hoping she can stay a few days at school after final next year to take care of it. She was not alone at least two others of her friends also got notices this year. They are definitely targeting college kids in Mass.
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 37,006Registered User Senior Member
    DD got a jury duty summons in CT when she was in college in CA. We wrote on it that she was a college student in another state. We never heard from them about it!

    Now this year both DH and I both got called. Last time (dd was a 3 month old infant...and NO they did not excuse me) I was chosen for the jury.
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Posts: 11,697Registered User Senior Member
    Some California threads. Might vary by county here, but seems you are expected to reschedule once, to the timeframe you prefer. Ironically, some of the disappointed people are coming in for jury duty excuses!

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-california-berkeley/792486-jury-duty.html

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-california-san-diego/984192-jury-duty.html

    I get that there may be little sympathy, but buisness owners ( i.e private medical practice) here are not exempt, stand to to lose thousands of dollars and dissapoint dozens of people, including their employees, for a few days of jury duty.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-life/1189778-jury-duty.html

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1041690-has-your-kid-been-called-jury-duty-while-college.html
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Posts: 4,326Registered User Senior Member
    In our state you just need to write when the student will be available (summer) and provide dates. Work is not an excuse but being outside the state is.
  • fumafoo101fumafoo101 Posts: 291Registered User Junior Member
    I was called during my senior year in high school and had to postpone it til the summer. They wouldn't let me postpone it after my summer school course at the CC. I was lucky in that I was called as a reserve juror so I only had to call the number in the morning and afternoon to see if I had to go in. My lecturer was very accommodating of allowing me to turn in assignments early for those two days just in case I had to go. I wasn't called but I was one letter away from having to go to children's court. In my state if enough jurors and reserved jurors don't show up they will pull people off the street and yes they did this last semester. They will actually provide bus tickets to people who need to go but it wouldn't have helped me anyway because no bus goes by my house and my course was in another county.
  • dietz199dietz199 Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    We're in CA. D received a summons a few years ago right after she left for college 3 hours away. Did a bit of anonymous asking around including going to the court house. Suggestion..do NOT open letter, simply write on the outside "Not residing at this address - Return to Sender'. This is what the judges clerk suggested.

    The sheriffs which did the security check when I entered the building and asked the reason for my visit suggested I simply ignore the notice.

    Frankly, how would the court know the summons was ever received? Our county sends out 1,200 a WEEK!

    Also, if possible, do not have your student register to vote or change their DMV address to reflect a college residence.

    That said, after years of excusing myself because I was the primary childcare provider without alternate options - I now do my duty. ... as will my kids when it won't cost them a quarter or semesters worth of college.
  • MichiganGeorgiaMichiganGeorgia Posts: 2,262Registered User Senior Member
    In Georgia you can call and reschedule. I did that when the kids were younger. I wanted to make sure I had jury duty when school was in session. I'm not sure how you end up on the list here. I get called every couple of years. My husband so far hasn't gotten a letter..
  • dreamer11dreamer11 Posts: 43Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you for all of this information. How can we postpone and ask to transfer to where she lives? I understand she was called to serve but does she have to get a hotel and fly back to her college city in order to do this? We are in California....
    I will remember and give the advice of dietz Suggestion..do NOT open letter, simply write on the outside "Not residing at this address - Return to Sender'. This is what the judges clerk suggested."
  • LasMaLasMa Posts: 8,147Registered User Senior Member
    OP, I have no idea how it works where you are, but in Sacramento, if you're not chosen for a trial by the end of the first day, your service is over. If you have a similar system, here's how a college student can make sure they don't get chosen:

    During jury selection, the judge asked prospective jurors to raise their hands if they wanted to serve on this jury. My D's hand shot up. The judge asked her why, and she said, "I took a social justice class last semester, and I'm interested to see how the legal system works in real life."

    She was the first juror excused. :)
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Posts: 2,931Registered User Senior Member
    My son is in Massachusetts and received a jury duty notice for a date during the school year. He requested a postponement until summer. They never did contact him again, and it's been two years now.
  • musicmommusicmom Posts: 2,321Registered User Senior Member
    Our DS , permanent NJ resident, received notice for jury duty while in school in CT.
    He responded that he could serve during summer and they took him up on the offer.
    One day, done.
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