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I have jury duty

Franklin551Franklin551 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hi everybody!

I've been selected to jury duty for the United States District Court. I'm a full time student. At my college the professors assign us work during Fall and Spring break. I do not own car. The court is in another town. I don't have a way reasonable way to get there.

What can I do to get out of this? I would be more willing if I was summoned in my town. However, this isn't possible for me to do!
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Replies to: I have jury duty

  • jandjdadjandjdad Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    Do a Google search for your particular District Court and find out if full time college students are exempted as in this court in Minnesota (see note #5)

    Jury Duty FAQ | United States District Court - District of Minnesota
  • Franklin551Franklin551 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks for the advice.

    I did a Google Search for my District Court. The site doesn't have any information about being exempted.

    Furthermore I suppose to graduate this semester. Depending on the trail's length I may not be able to graduate. Some cases can last from a day to over a month.
  • meoowwwmeoowww Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    A few years ago I had to serve during the fall semester 3/4ths into the semester. I was attending class Mon-Thurs from 10:00-7:00pm roughly - I had a two-three hour break between classes but was taking 18 units.

    I just threw the jury duty notice in the trash, eventually I received another (3-4 months later) which I also tossed, and finally received a postcard type notice threatening a fine of $5000 or $250,000 - I cant recall. I just remember the notice sounding more serious. Naturally I didn't want to pay a fine so I called and explained that I was a full-time student. Also stated the court was too far away and I had no means of transportation. The friendly jury duty lady assigned me to our city courthouse, which is less than a mile from home. We also picked a date where was free to serve. And since our city is relatively crime free. The day I had to serve there were luckily no cases; everyone was given a slip "proof of service completed" and sent home. =)

    I would call them and explain your situation. Try to set up a future date, or preferably find a way to get out of serving altogether.
  • egelloc80egelloc80 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    ^ sounds very similar to what happened to my teacher.
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