I received a notice in the mail and then put it somewhere safe so I would not toss it with the rest of the "junk" mail I have been receiving. Then, with the holidays and all, I completely forgot about it!! I feel terrible that I missed it, and truthfully, I was looking forward to the whole thing. I can't believe I spaced it out! What should I do now??
Since I'm at the Butte County courthouse this morning, I stopped by the Jury Commissioner's office to inquire.
You should receive a "notice of failure to appear" in the mail soon. If you don't reply within two weeks, they may take additional action.
However, there's no need to wait. Call today and apologize profusely; the clerks in that office are very nice and will appreciate your prompt efforts to correct your mistake.
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Hang in there. It happens.
Contact the Jury commissioner at the courthouse where you were supposed to attend. They will reschedule you.
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Relax. They almost never issue warrants. Call and reschedule. All will be well.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
I agree with Mr. Finncy and Mr. Dane. Call the jury commissioner (the phone number should be on the paper you got with the original date) and they will reschedule you. Only when a person refuses to go on multiple occasions when summoned have I ever heard of there being court action. And in those cases, it normally is a citation into court where the judge insists you show up and serve.
In your case, take a deep breath and relax. You will get to serve as you want to.
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