Livingston Parish cracking down on jury duty skippers
LIVINGSTON - A handful of residents were found in contempt of court Wednesday after a judge in Livingston Parish cracked down on people skipping jury duty.
Judge Robert Morrison of the 21st Judicial District says the parish started to send sheriff's deputies to hand-serve jury duty subpoenas this year, but some people still don't show up.
"We're not trying to just be impossible with people, but we want people to work with us as well to take it seriously," said Morrison. "If they contact us ahead of time and say look I've paid my ticket for my cruise or whatever it may be and it falls on that week we can give them another week to serve."
Judge Morrison handed out penalties for several residents and ordered them to serve four hours of community service, pay a $40 fine to parish government and sign up again for jury duty in the next six months.
"I'm hoping that people get the message that while we're willing to work with them it's important for us to be able to function to have enough people show up for jury duty to conduct the trials that we try in front of juries," he said.
Last month Morrison disciplined jury dodgers in Tangipahoa Parish and says time will tell if the process works.