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I live in Nassau County, NY. I recieve Jury summons letters in my married and maiden names even though my legal name is XXXXX XXXXX name and i changed it legally everywhere 13 years ago. In the past couple of years, I stopped answering any correspondence that goes to my maiden name. Now the court says that I must appear to pay a fine for ignoring three jury summons notices. The court appearance letter was in my maiden name. Am I going to have to pay the fine? I forgot to mention that I am the primary caregiver to a child of 8 and at some point in the last three years I reported for jury duty when summoned under my married name and produced his birth certificate.
Does it matter that I have no idea where the paper is that the jury representative signed when I did appear with my son's birth certificate? I am hopelessly disorganized. Am I allowed to request copies of all things the jury commission has sent to me in both names for the past few years?
Are you going to answer my clarification question?
How can i gain access to the information so that i am prepared to defend myself?
Hi,This isn't a trial. You'll simply be in a position to explain yourself as to why you shouldn't pay a fine for avoiding summonses. Just tell the judge that if you could have access to the various summonses they have sent you in both names over the last 13 years, they would see that you have responded to the ones in your legal name, and that they also should have a record of your having changed your name with them. Just say that while you don't have all of that information any more, their records will reflect it. It's the best you can do.
Thanks. I will try.