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Monday, March 14, 2016
Jury duty for the 21st century
Back in January, approximately 350 citizens of Jackson County Mississippi received a summons instructing them to call in on Sunday evening to learn whether they were required to report for jury duty the following Monday.
Now most of us dread the jury summons and look for ways to get out of it. This is a scary fact of life for those of us lawyers whose clients' livelihoods, liberty, and sometimes lives, are dependent on decisions made by twelve people who tried and failed to get out of reporting for jury duty.
But in Jackson County, prospective jurors were “treated” to something different. Apparently the telephone number jurors call to determine whether they need to report to the courthouse is ONE DIGIT away from the telephone number folks call to speak with a sex hotline. And apparently there was a typographical error in the jury summons which included, you guessed it, the number for the sex hotline.
It wasn't mentioned whether those jurors who made that call were, or were not, disappointed that they were unable to learn their reporting status.
I think the courthouse needs a new phone number..............