In San Francisco County, people are summoned for jury duty regularly—it seems like every other year or so. It’s ridiculous. Usually my jury number never gets called to actually go into court which is great.
The last time I got a notification, Dean told me to ignore it. I insisted you can’t ignore it! He says he always ignores them.
Then I read him the consequence:
If you fail to appear, you will be subject to a fine or imprisonment pursuant to section 209 of the California code of civil procedure. Section 209 requires the Jury Commissioner to pursue non-respondents. If you receive a Notice of Failure to Appear, you must contact the Jury Office at (415) 551-3608 within 10 business days to reschedule your service or to explain why you cannot serve as a juror.
Dean assured me that nothing would ever happen if you did nothing and ignored a jury summons. I totally disagreed.
Our locksmith came over last week. I’m not sure how we got to the topic of jury summons, but then he said, “Jury duty? Yeah, just ignore it.”
I was appalled.
The locksmith continued, “The courts don’t have the resources to follow-up on people who don’t go to jury duty. I know that for a fact. I know people who work for the city and they have all said you can ignore the summons. You won’t ever get fined. My wife is just like you, so I just started throwing away her notices before she saw them.”
What say you? Do you adhere to your jury summons or do you ignore it?