Report: Area judge going after people who skip jury duty
AMITE - A judge is following through on his promise to get people to show up for jury duty, even having them summoned to court when they don't appear to serve during a trial.
Fourteen summons have been issued by the chief judge of the 21st Judicial District Court, which includes Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa. ActionNews17.com reported the group failed to appear for jury duty in February.
Now, they'll have to appear in April to "show cause why you should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear for jury service," the site reported.
In December, Judge Robert Morrison told WBRZ News 2, jury pools have become difficult to fill.
"We've had a hard time getting jurors in to try the cases we need to try. In one case, we literally had no one. The bailiff literally had to go get people off the street," Judge Morrison said.