Teen apologizes for skipping jury duty

April 29, 2010 2:45:26 PM PDT
A college student who skipped out on jury duty paid for it dearly. She's now apologizing. Kelsey Gloston, 19, appeared in front of Judge David Hittner again just two days after she was taken into custody by federal marshals, handcuffing her at college. She could have been thrown in jail for refusing to show up to court earlier this week.

Instead of jail time, Judge Hittner gave Gloston a booklet on the constitution and the judicial system.

There are a number of cases in which an individual would not be required to serve jury duty.

Exemptions

The Court may exempt you from service if you are:

  • In active service of the armed forces of the United States.
  • A member of a fire or police department.
  • An elected official actively engaged in official duties.

Excuses

The Court may excuse you from jury service if you are:

  • Not employed outside the home, having active care and custody of a child under the age of ten whose health or safety would be jeopardized by their absence for jury service; or a person who is essential to the care of the aged or infirm persons and who is not employed outside the home.
  • Have served as a grand or petit juror in federal court within the past two years.
  • Over seventy years of age.
  • A federal law enforcement agent (like agents for Postal, FBI, Customs).
  • A member of a volunteer safety organization and who works in an official capacity without compensation (fire fighters, rescue squads or ambulance crews).
  • Someone for whom the jury service would cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience. Medical excuses require a precise doctor's statement.

Postponements

The Court may postpone your jury service. A request for postponement must show specifically why the delay is unavoidable.


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