Can't make jury duty? New web tool helps you out.
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CREATED Apr. 12, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - What's your best jury duty excuse? A new feature on the Lee County Clerk of Courts website is allowing you to skip the excuse and do your civic duty more easily.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan explains how the courts are cutting you some slack if you can't serve your jury duty when you're asked.
No need to fear the dreaded jury duty summons anymore. If your notice comes in the mail, and you can't make it; no problem.
"We've made it a little simpler for you," Rita Miller, community relations manager with the Lee Clerk of Courts, said.
A new feature on the Leeclerk.org website lets you opt out or reschedule.
"We make it as easy as possible for you to do your civic duty," Miller said.
Miller says they send out more than 10,000 summons each month, about 5,800 can make it, so this new feature on the web will make it easier for the courts and you, to coordinate and plan.
Before, you had to mail, fax or email your request back. Now, you can skip the stamp and the hassle, and make your request online.
"Let's say, summer's coming up - I'm taking the family on vacation - would that qualify as a reason to postpone?" Hogan asked Miller.
"Yes it would," she said. "You don't actually have to give us the reason, unless it's a medical reason which you have to supply a doctor's note."
Just don't skip out without telling the court. You could face a $100 fine and contempt of court charges.
Also be aware, you can only reschedule once and it has to be within the next six months.
You have to give at least a five-day notice if you're not going to be there, and make sure you double check on the site that you're in the clear. Also, if you're 70 years old or older, you can ask for a permanent excusal from the clerk, which means you never have to serve again, if you don't want to.
Colleen Hogan, reporter