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  The Top Jury Excuses That Don't Work

My client has some chickens (about 50) at home. We have some concerns about them. 
I am not real familiar with the streets of Princeton. 
It falls during our calving season and my wife is afraid to tend to mother cows and their calves. 
I am an election judge and I believe there is an election about February 27 in Princeton. 
I do not like police or lawyers. They are all crooks. 
I do not have dependable transportation, my car is 15 years old with 130,000 miles. 
Government is public enemy number one. 
Don't really want to. I get called VERY often. I'm tired of being bothered by it. 
I would sit there and fall asleep. 
Because you're just gonna find him guilty anyway. 
I'm an ex-police officer with a bad attitude. 
Too Damn old! 

Sample Prospective Juror Letter

Dear Prospective Juror:

You have been selected to appear for Jury Duty at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court,
Bureau County Courthouse, 700 South Main Street, Princeton, Illinois. Please note that
Juror selection is completely random by computer and is based on information received from voter registration, the Secretary of State’s Drivers License information, holders of Illinois Identification Cards, and Illinois Disabled Person Identification Cards.

Enclosed is a juror questionnaire, which must be completed and mailed to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five (5) days. A self-addressed envelope has been provided for the return of your juror questionnaire.

It may appear that the juror questionnaire pries unnecessarily into your personal
affairs. These questions are those customarily asked when seating a jury in order to have
a fair and impartial jury. Valuable time is saved in the courtroom since the questions have been asked and eliminates queries by attorney at a later date. The questions are not to embarrass prospective jurors, but to provide information about you to litigants who have entrusted their respective cases to you.

Your Jury Duty term will usually be for one day or one case, although on occasion jurors may serve on more than one case. Your service will require you to stay until the trial is completed or you are discharged by the court. Normally the court hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. However, if you are selected to serve as a juror, you may be required to begin as early as 8:30 a.m. and stay beyond 4:00 p.m. When reporting for jury service, please report to the bailiff on the second floor of the courthouse.

Monetary compensation will be paid to you in the sum of $25.00 for each day in attendance plus mileage reimbursement from your Bureau County residence to the courthouse and back to your residence in an amount set by Bureau County Board resolution.

The law provides that mere inconvenience or conflict with your employment or other activities are not sufficient reasons to be excused from one of the truly democratic Institutions of American Government, jury duty. If you have a reason why you cannot serve as a juror this jury term, you must still fill out the enclosed questionnaire, stating the reason why you should not serve as a juror this jury term and return it promptly to the Circuit Clerk’s Office. All medical excuses must be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate indicating your inability to serve as a juror due to your medical condition.

PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO BE EXCUSED BY TELEPHONE. The Circuit Clerk’s Office does not decide who does and does not serve as a juror. By state law all juror deferment or excuse requests are referred to the jury committee, which meets every other Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in the courthouse. We will notify you by mail as soon as possible whether you have been excused or deferred. YOU MUST REPORT for jury duty on your service date UNLESS you receive in the mail from the Circuit Clerk’s Office a notice stating that you have been excused or deferred, or UNLESS THE RECORDED MESSAGE AT 1-815-872-2001 the evening before your scheduled jury service informs you are not required to report for jury duty. If the recorded message INSTRUCTING you that you are not needed for jury service, and you still report on that date, you will not be paid for you time.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Mary C. Dremann
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Bureau County, Illinois 


Sample Petit Juror Summons

Dear Prospective Juror:

You are hereby summoned to appear before the Circuit Court of said County at the Courthouse in the City of Princeton, IL 61356-0000 on February 04, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. to serve as Petit Juror.

You are directed to call 815-872-2001 after 5 P.M. the EVENING BEFORE February 04, 2013 to receive a recorded message concerning your jury duty services.

********************************************************************* 
Your juror sequence number is 020656. 
You are in summons group 02052001. 
You are on panel B. 
Your call number is 00085. 
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If you have any questions concerning this summons, contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the above-named county at 815-872-2001.

WITNESS:
MARY C. DREMANN, Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Seal thereof at PRINCETON, IL 61356-0000

Mary C. Dremann
Circuit Clerk 
(Seal)

*****WARNING******************************************************* 
FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR JURY SERVICES AS DIRECTED IN THIS SUMMONS IS ON CONTEMPT OF COURT AND MAY RESULT IN SERVICE OF A SUMMONS BY THE COUNTY SHERIFF. 
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Sample Juror Questionnaire

JUROR QUESTIONNAIRE 
MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS 
PLEASE PRINT WITH A PEN OR TYPE 
JUROR CALL NUMBER_________ JUROR SEQUENCE NUMBER ________

Name: _____________________________________________________________ 
Address: __________________City/State:__________________ Zip Code_______ 
Miles 1-Way to the Courthouse: __________________ 
Birthdate: __________Home Phone: _____________Years in Bureau County: ______ 
Single: _____ Married: _____ Widowed: _____ Divorced: _____ 
Your Maiden Name (if applicable): ________________________________________ 
Occupation: ___________________________ Employer: ______________________ 
Employer's Address: ____________________________Work Phone: ____________ 
Spouse's Name: __________________________________________ Age: _______ 
Occupation: ___________________________ Employer: ______________________ 
Employer's Address: ____________________________Work Phone: ____________ 
List of Children (include age, sex and occupation): 
1. _________________________________________________________________ 
2. _________________________________________________________________ 
3. _________________________________________________________________ 
4. _________________________________________________________________ 
Are you a U.S. Citizen? Yes__ No__ Are you a resident of Bureau County? Yes__ No__ 
Have you ever served on a jury? Yes__ No__ Type of Jury: Civil __ Criminal__ Grand__ 
When? _____________________________________________________________ 
Have you or a family member ever been the victim of a crime? ____________________ 
Have you ever made a claim for personal injury? Yes___ No___ 
(if yes, please explain) __________________________________________________ 
Has a claim for personal injury ever been made against you? Yes__ No__ 
(if yes, please explain) __________________________________________________ 
Have you ever been party to a Lawsuit, Civil or Criminal? Yes__ No__ 
(if yes, please explain) __________________________________________________ 
Are you related to a law enforcement officer? Yes__ No__ 
(if yes, please explain) __________________________________________________ 
Have you or any member of your family ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor traffic violation? ______________________________________________________ 
_________________________________________________________________ 
Is there any reason why you should not serve as juror? Yes__ No__ (if yes, please state the reason) 
_________________________________________________________________ 
_________________________________________________________________ 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I hereby acknowledge service of this summons to appear for service as a juror on the date and time specified by the summons.

Date: _____________ Signature: _______________________________

 
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