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  • do you have to be a US citizen to serve on the jury?(federal or local courts)

    do you have to be a US citizen to serve on the jury?
    (federal or local courts)

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Yes because for them to put you on Jury Duty they get your Info by voting. You vote you might be on a Jury Duty someday .. somewhere. You don't vote .. no Jury Duty and since you have to be a citizen to vote you have to be a citizen to be on Jury Duty
    NCS
    KC DO


    09-25-06 N-400 Sent
    09-27-06 N-400 Rec'd
    10-20-06 Rec'd N-400 back
    10-20-06 Re-Sent N-400
    10-24-06 N-400 #2 Rec'd
    10-24-06 PD
    10-26-06 CC
    11-03-06 NOA
    11-06-06 FPN
    11-14-06 FP
    03-27-07 IF - PNC
    08-30-07 IN
    11-01-07 Interview/N-652 Rec'd
    11-26-07 2nd FPN
    12-07-07 2nd FP
    01-08-07 Inquiry filed
    01-12-08 Rec'd Response - Case is being reviewed
    01-18-08 Called IO. Said I'm in queue.
    02-08-08 OL N-445
    03-03-08 Became Proud American

    427 Days total !

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ladybuggy
      Yes because for them to put you on Jury Duty they get your Info by voting. You vote you might be on a Jury Duty someday .. somewhere. You don't vote .. no Jury Duty and since you have to be a citizen to vote you have to be a citizen to be on Jury Duty
      That's BS. Since I am not a Citizen yet, I have never voted. But I have been selected many times for Jury duty. And each time I had to write back to the Court about my ineligibility because of my non-citizen status.

      Wherever you got your information from is total garbage.
      Dist Off: San Jose
      5/24/06: Priority Date
      6/22/06: FP Date
      3/19/07: Interview
      4/18/07: Oath (US Citizen finally)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TwoScoops
        do you have to be a US citizen to serve on the jury?
        (federal or local courts)
        Yes, that's correct. You have to be a citizen to be on the Jury. It is clearly mentioned on the Jury duty letter that is sent out with any such calls.
        Dist Off: San Jose
        5/24/06: Priority Date
        6/22/06: FP Date
        3/19/07: Interview
        4/18/07: Oath (US Citizen finally)

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        • #5
          To serve you have to be citizen but as we know how govt. works many of us who are not citizen still get the letter and then you have to send it back saying sorry not yet.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by takadigi
            That's BS. Since I am not a Citizen yet, I have never voted. But I have been selected many times for Jury duty. And each time I had to write back to the Court about my ineligibility because of my non-citizen status.

            Wherever you got your information from is total garbage.
            Actually the electoral roll was at one time used to be used to determine names for jury duty, however that practice was discontinued after the govt figured out people were deliberately not registering in order to avoid being selected for duty.
            USC 7/14/2006

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            • #7
              Whatever Takadigi ! BS was a little harsh but seems like in your world everyone has to be perfect !

              To you TwoScoops. Yes I was wrong. Here is what I found ! So in a way I was right, lol.


              "If I Register To Vote, Will I Be Called For Jury Duty?"

              Jurors are drawn from lists of state taxpayers and licensed drivers as well as from voter registration rolls. Do not give up your right to vote in the hope that you will avoid jury duty. Chances are, if you pay taxes or drive a car, you will still be called. Besides, serving on a jury is a privilege, one that permits you to personally stand up for all Americans' right to a trial by a jury of their peers.
              NCS
              KC DO


              09-25-06 N-400 Sent
              09-27-06 N-400 Rec'd
              10-20-06 Rec'd N-400 back
              10-20-06 Re-Sent N-400
              10-24-06 N-400 #2 Rec'd
              10-24-06 PD
              10-26-06 CC
              11-03-06 NOA
              11-06-06 FPN
              11-14-06 FP
              03-27-07 IF - PNC
              08-30-07 IN
              11-01-07 Interview/N-652 Rec'd
              11-26-07 2nd FPN
              12-07-07 2nd FP
              01-08-07 Inquiry filed
              01-12-08 Rec'd Response - Case is being reviewed
              01-18-08 Called IO. Said I'm in queue.
              02-08-08 OL N-445
              03-03-08 Became Proud American

              427 Days total !

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              • #8
                Even if they call you to serve, you don't have to serve if you are not a citizen. Simply write them back to tell them that you are not a citizen.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NewlyMinted
                  Even if they call you to serve, you don't have to serve if you are not a citizen. Simply write them back to tell them that you are not a citizen.
                  Non-citizens cannot serve in the jury. The jury duty form has an option to specify that you are dismissed because not being a citizen. Your comment seems to imply that there is a choice for a non-citizen to be or not in the jury.

                  Both my wife and I received requests for jury duty in the past, returned the forms indicating that we are not citizens and never heard back again. As explained by other posters they compile the list from multiple sources and they know they are sending requests to non-citizens in their attempt to reach all residents. That's why they make it simple to indicate that one is disqualified for jury duty because of not being a citizen.

                  N-400 timeline
                  DO : San Jose
                  11/28/2006 : Mailed
                  12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
                  12/05/2006 : Check cashed
                  12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
                  12/22/2006 : FP ND
                  01/09/2007 : FP Appt
                  12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
                  07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
                  08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
                  08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
                  09/06/2007 : Passport received
                  08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

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                  • #10
                    I got a jury duty letter, took my Green Card with me and approached the judge before the jury selections began and told him I was not a citizen....he said "Do you want to be excused?"...I said I didn't care one way or the other...he put me on the jury panel. The lawyers didn't select me, so I was let go after a couple of hours.

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                    • #11
                      Did you read my comments? I know non-citizen serve on a jury. But they send letters asking non-citizen to serve anyway. What my comment said, was even if they send you the letter, let them know you are not a citizen. The wording wasn't perfect, but I think most people understood what I meant



                      Originally posted by Huracan
                      Non-citizens cannot serve in the jury. The jury duty form has an option to specify that you are dismissed because not being a citizen. Your comment seems to imply that there is a choice for a non-citizen to be or not in the jury.

                      Both my wife and I received requests for jury duty in the past, returned the forms indicating that we are not citizens and never heard back again. As explained by other posters they compile the list from multiple sources and they know they are sending requests to non-citizens in their attempt to reach all residents. That's why they make it simple to indicate that one is disqualified for jury duty because of not being a citizen.

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                      • #12
                        My wife received several summons for different types of juries in different courts in different states while she had a GC. In each case, the summons had a question "Are you a US Citizen" and if you answered "No" you were instructed to return the summons and not show up. So, that's what she did.

                        Given what I know of the US (having lived in two *very different* states), I would expect the rules vary by state you live in.

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