Attention…Calling For Jury Duty!
Jury duty ditchers may have to pay the piper.
By Brian W. Carter
Sorry Compton… eluding jury duty may be coming to a close. Sanction hearings will be held on four Mondays: November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in Dept 9, Compton Courthouse, 200 W. Compton Blvd., 90220. The South Central District Judge, Ricardo R. Ocampo will be convening juror sanction hearings for the LASC South Central District citizens. This basically means those of you who failed to respond to jury service notices mailed on three separate occasions at your last known addresses could be sanctioned.Â
Those who have failed to respond may face stiff fines and a new jury assignment. The Los Angeles Superior Court is coordinating a program for participation in Jury service. “The sanctions are a last resort,” says Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr., “monetary sanctions may not be imposed if a person agrees to serve.” This new method is to help ensure the rights of eligible citizens in Los Angeles County to participate jury service. McCoy ensures that “the Court has no interest whatsoever in using these sanctions as a source of money.”
The One Trial Jury Service, established in 1999, says jurors summoned for jury duty need only to come one day to the courthouse for jury selection or one trial. If you’re not chosen to be part of a jury or on a jury panel, you’re excused of jury duty obligation for 12 months. If jurors however are selected to be part of a jury or jury panel, they must serve until the trial is completed or are excused by a bench officer.
Ditching the jury notice may not be the best thing to do anymore. Money is tight as it is nowadays, so who really wants to dish out hard earned cash to pay a hefty sanction?