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Jury duty my week off!
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Ugh...just got a summons for jury duty the Monday before Thanksgiving. We have that entire week off...I am bummed out! Anyone been able to get out of jury duty without appearing? Any ideas welcome!

I was summons 2 years ago, went and was selected. Then dismissed....but I don't want my well deserved vacation time gone to jury duty!


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Old 10-15-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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I have been told that the best weeks to get Jury Duty is during Thanksgiving week, Christmas week or New Years Week because they have attendency to cancel during that time.
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I just got my questionairre....so I guess my summons will be in 2-4 weeks. For some reason they seem to be working their way through the staff at my school. I think I am the 5th one since school started in August. Weird!
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Postponement?
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I got called for jury duty on our first teacher work day in August. No inservice day, but MY work day. I wasn't about to give that up. I called and asked for a postponement. This was in TX. I would call and see what they say.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:23 PM
 
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asking the court for a different week? I do that every time my jury duty falls during a short vacation, and my request is always granted. Good luck!


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Old 10-15-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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I had one for next week but was able to get a postponement to January. I'm hoping I won't actually have to go, but at least it will be at a little quieter time. Have you checked to see if a postponement is a possibility?
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That stinks.
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Some counties will let you off for just asking. Others will make you do it no matter what your excuse. So it really depends on where you are.
I was told one time that I had a better chance of getting out of it if I told them that I really want to do it, but this wasn't a good time. They are more likely to let you off if they know you aren't just trying to get out of it.
One of our teachers said she never sends back the surveys because they can't prove that she ever got it. But DH forgot one time and he got a thing saying that a warrant would be put out for his arrest if he didn't send it back.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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I got off on vacation once because I said I was the only caregiver for my kids, and if they didnʻt have school, I had no way to provide care for them.

I had a 3 wk chunk, and they dismissed that one week and then one other day (I said I had to test kids) and then I was supposed to for the rest. Turns out there were no cases.
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Same as Grace
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I have gotten out of it on breaks because of the only caregiver thing. Although last time they had the nerve to tell me to have my DH call in sick, then asked about grandparents, siblings when I said DH couldn't take sick days for MY jury duty. I finally told them I would be HAPPY to do it during the regular school year and they never called back.

I have also gotten out of it when I was student teaching (hardship- would have delayed my graduation), due to pregnancy (told them I HAD to pee A LOT!), and due to breastfeeding (needed regular breaks to pump).
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Got a postponment!!!!!!!!!
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I e-mailed them today was able to postpone until January! I am so excited!
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