I have a jury summons for Monday 7-9-12, I am a widow and I am still in the stage where I can't make a decision...I am scared to go to jury duty, do I have any recourse?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Texas
Thank you for your question. Be sure to go ahead and bookmark www.nateanswers.com for future questions.Texas has a few stated exemptions for jury duty in the law. They are as follows:1) Are over 70 years of age (You may also request a permanent age 70 Exemption.);2) Have legal custody of a child younger than 10 years of age and the person’s service on the jury requires leaving the child without adequate supervision;3) Are a student of a public or private secondary school;4) Are a person enrolled and in actual attendance at an institution of higher education;5) Are an officer or an employee of the senate, House of Representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government;6) Have served as a petit juror in the county during the 24-month period preceding the date you are required to appear for this summons. (Applies only to counties with a population of at least 200,000 unless the county uses a jury plan under § 62.011, Gov’t Code, and the period authorized under § 62.001(b)(b6) exceeds two years.);7) Are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself (This exemption does not apply to health care workers.); or8) Have been summoned for service in a county with a population of at least 250,000 and you have served as a petit juror in the county during the three year period preceding the date you are to appear for jury service. (This does not apply if the jury wheel has been reconstituted since your service as a petit juror.)If any of those apply, you can contact the judge's chambers regarding your service and ask for an exemption. If they do not apply, you will still have to go, but once you tell the lawyers in the case about your situation, I'd be 99.9% sure that you would be struck from the jury pool.Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "Poor Service" or "Bad Service", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I am not paid unless I get a rating of 3 to 5 Stars/Smiley Faces. If I have helped you with your question, please give me an appropriate rating so that I get credit for helping you. Thank you, Nate
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