Summons for Federal Jury in Billings
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Posted by Don Birkholz 3 years ago
Yesterday I received a summons for possible federal jury service during the month of June in Billings. The letter indicated they would not tell me that I was to to appear for jury duty, but that is was my responsibility to call a phone number every friday after 5 pm to find out if I am needed for jury duty. Is the federal government getting so lazy they cannot inform people of jury duty and shifts the responsibility onto the individual citizen? I cannot remember what day it is or if I have taken my pills (this morning I forgot to brush my teeth). I imagine there are others in the same boat. I think it is the responsibility of the judicial system to inform those who need to appear for jury duty. Whose brilliant idea was this?
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Posted by Kelly 3 years ago
Whose brilliant idea was this?


I imagine it is the people who want to cut government to zero. It takes manpower to make those calls.
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Posted by hotshot92 3 years ago
Is it a scam maybe?
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec 3 years ago
Don...you have a way with words. Just having a "chuckle". Joe has received a summons before and it seems it has always been this way as far as we know. I don't think he ever really had to go as it seems things were settled in advance:-)
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 3 years ago
Don Birkholz wrote:
Yesterday I received a summons for possible federal jury service during the month of June in Billings. The letter indicated they would not tell me that I was to to appear for jury duty, but that is was my responsibility to call a phone number every friday after 5 pm to find out if I am needed for jury duty. Is the federal government getting so lazy they cannot inform people of jury duty and shifts the responsibility onto the individual citizen? I cannot remember what day it is or if I have taken my pills (this morning I forgot to brush my teeth). I imagine there are others in the same boat. I think it is the responsibility of the judicial system to inform those who need to appear for jury duty. Whose brilliant idea was this?


Really??

I think you should thank them for the convenience of a phone number that you can call to determine whether you are needed or not. They could make you drive to Billings every Friday to find out. Count your blessings.
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Posted by Levi Forman 3 years ago
I'd have to say that this is a bit too much outrage over having to make a phone call once a week. I do appreciate Kelly being able to inject his overarching world view into such a mundane day to day situation though.
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Posted by Bridgier 3 years ago
Because everything's disconnected, and something silly like funding for government services surely wouldn't have an impact on government services that WE use.

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Posted by Melita 3 years ago
I received one of those same summons a few years back. It was a very big deal not knowing until the night before wether I had to take off work, find money for gas, etc. Like they don't know wether there will be a trial or not until 5 p.m. the night before???
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 3 years ago
I've been on the Federal jury pool list a couple of times. I prefer the notification method of calling in on Friday to check the recorded status announcement. The last opportunity to settle out of court is 5PM Friday to avoid Monday trial so that is earliest they know if there will be a trial. I appreciated having opportunity to cancel my hotel and plan the next week on Friday. It is a nice courtesy on their part and I think very efficient use of their resources. I have not had to serve. Thankfully, in all cases they came to an agreement without a trial.
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Posted by David Schott 3 years ago
I believe it goes like this. You're a member of the jury "pool" for the entire month. If they need to seat a jury for a trial they randomly select some number of potential jurors from the pool. Those jurors are then screened in the courtroom setting until a group of jurors is selected for the trial.

When you call the night before it's how you find out if you're one of the lucky ones who has been randomly selected for a jury screening.

The alternative (which is used by King County Superior Court here in Washington state) is that the members of the jury pool show up at the court house and sit around in the jury pool room. You may or may not be called into a court for screening. You just sit there and wait around. If you get selected for screening but get rejected during the screening process you have to return to the jury pool room and be available for another trial.

Luckily you're only in the pool for 2 days after which you're free to go. If you do get seated on a jury you must stay for the duration of the trial.

If you ask me, calling the night before beats sitting around in a jury pool room all day.
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Posted by Frank Hardy 3 years ago
Depends on whether or not you have to bring your own cue stick.

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Posted by Amorette Allison 3 years ago
This is what happens when you get called for federal jury duty. I thought it was a great system. I called on Friday night and found out I was free and did a little happy dance. Do you want them to know in advance if a case is going to court? That's tricky. I was once on a seated jury when we were sent home because they settled minutes before.

Just be glad you weren't called to Great Falls. Distance to travel is not considered a valid excuse.
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Posted by Levi Forman 3 years ago
Because everything's disconnected, and something silly like funding for government services surely wouldn't have an impact on government services that WE use.l


I'm sure if it wasn't for the dern republicans, our jury summons would be delivered by singing garbage men. It just makes good sense.
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Posted by Mrs. M 3 years ago
I think it used to be you were notified of a specific trial and then had to call in to see if it was vacated. Then you didn't worry until you were notified again. You were on the list for a year. Now, you are on the active list for one month, no specific trial assigned, and you have to call in each Friday, or anytime during the weekend, to determine if there is a trial and if you have been selected for the pool. I just got off duty and breathed a sigh of relief. I seldom remembered to call on Friday as I too in retired and don't pay attention to days. However, I was on with a local RN and I wasn't called but she was. She forgot to check in so is awaiting whatever they will do about her absence. It's difficult for working people who are juggling many things to remember to do that four or five times a month. I prefered the old way. (I don't know if I will be called again for another month until my year is up or not.) One nice thing is you hear who from your vicinity also has to appear so you could car pool.
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Posted by David Schott 3 years ago
How many people do you know who have been found in contempt of court for failing to respond to a jury summons?
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Posted by Wendy Wilson 3 years ago
None. Although I think once or twice Judge Jewell sent officers to the absentee's home.
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Posted by David Schott 3 years ago
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Posted by Levi Forman 3 years ago
I don't know why people work so hard to avoid jury duty. Personally I found it very interesting and the big trial I was a jury member is one of the more memorable events of my life. It's a hassle but it's really one of the more important duties we have as citizens and most people don't have to do it more than once every 5-10 years, especially in Montana.
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Posted by lobograce 3 years ago
I had this for the month of May....write yourself a note... most of the weeks they did not have anything going on...
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Posted by DAVE HERRING 3 years ago
BOTTOM LINE, IT IS YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AS A CITIZEN TO SERVE WHEN CALLED. THE WAY THE SYSTEM IS SET UP IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF THE ENTIRE NATION. PEOPLE NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO REMEMBER TO CALL ON FRIDAY.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 3 years ago
I'm guessing that Dave's middle name is "hardof". Thus, the cap-lock.
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Posted by howdy 3 years ago
Yeah nothing like being yelled at by someone LOL
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Posted by Tom Masa 3 years ago
huh? What'd you say?

[This message has been edited by Tom Masa (7/28/2012)]
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Posted by Wendy Wilson 3 years ago
I suspect Dave's just a very passionate guy.
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