What Students Need to Know About Jury Duty
I turned 18 years old last July, and then this February, I was already being summoned to serve on a jury. Being an adult is great. I was in the middle of a busy college semester and was worried that I was going to miss a week of classes, not be able to take my midterms, then I would fail all those classes, and then I would not be able to transfer to a university, and then I would end up picking up trash at Six Flags for a career. However, after doing some research online I found some essential information about jury duty that students should know, and I still got to go to all of my classes.
Students can get out of it (kind of)
The most important information you need to know, is that if you get a jury summons while in school, you do not need to go to jury duty during the exact week that the summons says. The court will allow students to postpone their service until their next break (winter or summer.) You should note that, it is usually required to postpone the service within the week you receive your summons, or the postponement will not be valid. So, do not procrastinate postponing your service once you receive your summons.
You need show up!
After, you postpone your jury duty, you will still have to complete your service at a later time. You must call in on the right dates, (your summons will tell you when) and if you have to serve, make sure you go! If you do not go you can get fined a pretty significant amount or even go to jail.
You serve where you are registered to vote.
You should also keep in mind that when you get summoned to jury duty, you serve in the county where you are registered to vote (or where you got your licence.) So, if you are registered to vote in your home town, then that is where you will likely serve your jury duty, not necessarily where you actually live now.
It’s not so terrible.
Right behind the DMV, jury duty is the most complained about thing in the United States. But, it’s not even that bad! You’ll probably only do it twice in your life, and you most likely won’t even serve. For example, during my duty I went to the courthouse, and was sent home as soon as I walked in because they had accidentally sent over 200 people to the same courthouse on the same day to serve. However, I was almost looking forward to serving, and I believe it would have probably been a valuable experience. Also, if you make it on a jury you will get paid for your time there and they will even compensate you for the gas money you spend to get there.
In conclusion, if you receive a jury summons while in school, you can postpone it until you’re on break. Then when it is your time to serve, make sure you go, and try to make a good time out of it.