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Opinion: Juror Duty Isn’t Social Invite

A jury summons isn’t a social invitation. It’s a civic responsibility, and for those who dodge it there are legal consequences. So why does Cassia County have such a hard time getting jurors to show up in court? Cassia County Jury Commissioner Elizabeth Kenner says the 5th District Court in the county chooses 1,000  candidates every three months, and each time about 600 are disqualified. The current batch of qualified candidates included 122 people who didn’t respond to the initial summons. Of those, 85 will have to be sent orders to show cause for their absence/Twin Falls Times-News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Let's be honest now. What is your first reaction when you see a jury duty notice in your mailbox?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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