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65. How to Get out of Jury Duty
The mailman delivers good news and bad news.
the “bad news” list for many people who
in Los Angeles is a jury summons. This
tells you that you must respond by mail
phone for possible service on a jury. Many
feel that jury duty is a boring chore
would prefer not doing it.
In fact, court
say that the most common question they hear
: Why do I have to serve? The official
is: Jury duty is a responsibility that all
citizens must share.
If you are a citizen,
you can read and understand English, if you’re
18 years old, and if you’re not a
, you are eligible for jury duty. If you
the summons, you might be fined up to
A jury trial might last one day or
month. If you work for the government, this
no problem, because the government will pay you
regular salary while you are on jury duty.
, if you are self-employed, you lose your regular
for that time period. Instead of your regular
, you get $15 a DAY for sitting on
jury. This is another reason people try to
Jack got the bad news yesterday.
though he was retired and sat around all
watching reruns of old movies, he told his
Polly he wasn’t going to be a juror.
hated jury duty and he was not going
let the courts interfere with his retirement.
do you think you are going to get
of it?” Polly asked, both amused and irritated. “
you going to claim that you’re dead? Or
you going to tell them you’ve moved out
“No, both of those involve too
paperwork. I’ve got a better idea. It’s a
excuse. It says here that if you have
physical disability, you can be dismissed.”
? Your 'bad back' doesn't allow you to sit
a chair watching reruns all day?”
than that. I’ve got gas. It’ll offend the
jurors and everyone else in the courtroom. They’ll
to open all the windows or issue gas
“But there’s one problem. You don’t have gas.”
I know how to create it. I’ll eat
lot of peanuts and fruit the morning that
go to court. As soon as they get
whiff of my ‘problem,’ they’ll tell me to
home and stay home.”
“That’s a brilliant idea!”
said, as she rolled her eyes. At least
would get him out of the house for
day, she thought.