Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Court to Sanction Residents Who Did Not Report on Jury Service

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County

Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Public Information Officer: Allan Parachini



Sept. 30, 2009

EDITOR’S NOTE: No courtroom photography is allowed unless prearranged with Judge Alan B. Honeycutt. If summoned parties agree, they may be interviewed and photographed outside the courthouse following their court appearance.


Southwest District Jurors Ordered

To Appear at Sanctions Hearings

 torrance -- As part of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s coordinated program to encourage participation in jury service, Southwest District Assistant Supervising Judge Alan B. Honeycutt will convene juror sanction hearings for LASC Southwest District citizens who did not respond to jury-service notices mailed on three separate occasions to their last-known address.

The sanction hearings begin at 2:30 p.m. on four Fridays during October – Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 -- in Department 6, fourth floor, 825 Maple St. 90503. The jurors in the Southwest District to whom notices were mailed are among thousands who may face stiff fines, plus a new jury service assignment, for failure to respond to the jury-service notices.

“Sanctions are a last resort, but even at that late date, monetary sanctions may not be imposed if a person agrees to serve.  The Court’s priority is having the people More-More-More


Southwest District Sanctions

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cooperate with us to ensure that jury service is shared by all eligible citizens in Los Angeles County, as mandated by the Legislature,” said Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr.           

“The Court has no interest whatsoever in using these sanctions as a source of money,” said McCoy.

As a result of a 1999 court rule establishing One Trial Jury Service, jurors now summoned for jury duty need only be present at a courthouse for a single day of jury selection or one trial.  If jurors are not selected to be part of a jury – or a jury panel -- on the first day, jurors will be excused with their jury-duty obligation completed for at least 12 months.

However, if jurors are selected to be part of a jury -- or a jury panel -- they must serve until the trial is completed or they are excused by a bench officer.


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