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Postby bullfighter » Wed May 18, 2011 6:09 pm

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby fatduck » Wed May 18, 2011 6:10 pm

bullfighter wrote:I received notice that I have jury duty for four months starting in June. I start law school in August... Will they let me off if I tell them? I have heard that school is not always accepted as a valid excuse. I already have scholarship/apartment and all set up. I am trying to get in touch with the clerk to figure out but she is in court all the time. So I come to TLS... hah. Will they make me defer it to winter break or next summer? How would that affect internships?

(hoping for the, "They will let you off no problem" answer)

depends on where you live, probably. i'm in georgia, and they just deferred mine a year.

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Postby bullfighter » Wed May 18, 2011 6:12 pm

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby fatduck » Wed May 18, 2011 6:22 pm

well, i got jury duty my freshman year when i was at georgia tech, and i showed up for it on the first day. when they got to me in the roll call, i said i was a full-time student, and they let me off. didn't have to defer. they didn't ask for proof or anything.

this time, i wrote in with an excuse (and a copy of my transcript and such), and got deferred.

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby superhands » Wed May 18, 2011 6:27 pm

You should arrive at the courthouse wearing a wedding dress. Make sure to rub feces over your face for good measure too. That should make you appear mad enough to be relieved of jury duty.

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby justhockey31 » Wed May 18, 2011 6:30 pm

I got a jury duty notice while in UG and just told them I was at school and they said I was off to hook...no deferment or anything

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby YaSvoboden » Wed May 18, 2011 6:34 pm

I've had them come to my parents house a couple of times during UG. I just had them check the box that I don't live there, send it back and it isn't an issue. You could also try sounding incredibly biased about the case if you do get as far as selection.

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby jdhonest » Wed May 18, 2011 6:39 pm

-No, I don't believe that anyone is innocent until proven guilty. The defendant is here for a reason.

-A preponderance of the evidence is too small a margin to decide a case on.

-I wouldn't follow the judges instructions if I didn't agree them. But don't worry, I'm a 1L so I KNOW the law...

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby jkay » Wed May 18, 2011 7:27 pm

Law school is all about magic words. In this case...

"I believe in jury nullification."

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby SchopenhauerFTW » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:31 pm

I just asked for a deferment until November. Will my summons get deferred again when I'm back in school?

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby Veyron » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:32 pm

Why would you want to get out of it. You'll never get to serve on a jury once you start law school. This could be your only chance!

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby acrossthelake » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:36 pm

If you can show up, you can ask to be excused for hardship. If you can't show up, send a letter stating why you can't be there geographically and why you can't just defer to make it easy. For ex: Going to school far away from the courthouse. They never expect you to fly in for jury duty or something like that.

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby SchopenhauerFTW » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:47 pm

Veyron wrote:Why would you want to get out of it. You'll never get to serve on a jury once you start law school. This could be your only chance!

It would have worked out if my summons had come earlier, but the clerkship application season starts the week I'm supposed to report. :(

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Re: Jury Duty and starting school!

Postby Veyron » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:59 pm

SchopenhauerFTW wrote:
Veyron wrote:Why would you want to get out of it. You'll never get to serve on a jury once you start law school. This could be your only chance!

It would have worked out if my summons had come earlier, but the clerkship application season starts the week I'm supposed to report. :(


Yah, but even if you had managed to scheduled it in, law students and lawyers almost always get knocked off during voir dire.




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