Tuesday, July 10, 2007

How Not to Get Out of Jury Duty

You have probably heard about the Cape Cod man that claimed to be homophobic, racist, and a habitual liar in order to get out of jury duty. The potential juror, Daniel Ellis, was then taken into custody by court personnel and earned the following comment from the judge:

"In 32 years of service in courtrooms, as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney and now as a judge, I have quite frankly never confronted such a brazen situation of an individual attempting to avoid juror service," said Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson.

My only comment: don't do it. You'll end up national news and have a jury watching you very soon.

If you want to avoid Georgia jury duty, try to fit under one of the following statutory excuses: (O.C.G.A. § 15-12-1)
  • You work in a job necessary to the public health, safety, or good order
  • You are a full-time student at a college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary school
  • You are the primary caregiver and have custody of a child under six years old
  • You are a primary teacher in a home study program
  • You are over 70 years old
  • You or your spouse are on ordered military duty at least 50 miles from home.

This does not mean you will never have to serve on a grand jury. Your service may just be deferred.

Update 8/15: A new feature on the DeCarrera Law, LLC website is called Need to Know. Today's new topics include What Individuals Need to Know about Jury Duty and What Corporations Need to Know About Jury Duty. For more topics that you "Need to Know About" go to the DeCarrera Law Website.

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