UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 19, 2008
DEAR PROSPECTIVE JUROR:
Your name has been drawn at random as a prospective juror in this court. Although you may not reside in San Francisco, you are still subject to jury service in this federal court, as the jurisdiction of the Northern District of California covers 15 counties.
During your service interval, a criminal prosecution of somewhat long duration is scheduled to begin trial. The sole purpose of the enclosed salmon colored questionnaire is to assist the Court in determining your availability to serve as a juror in that case. Please complete the questionnaire and the bottom juror information portion of your summons and return both in the enclosed envelope no later than September 24, 2008.
The policy of this Court is that prospective jurors, who are otherwise qualified for service, are excused only under very limited circumstances. You may be excused on request if (1) you are over 70 years of age, (2) you reside more than 80 miles from the courthouse, (3) you are responsible for the care of a child under the age of 12, an aged or infirm person and you are not otherwise employed, or (4) you have served as a juror within the last year. (Prior service is defined as having been required to report to the courthouse; not simply having been on-call. Please note that any statement by another court advising that you are excused for any period of time applies to that court only and has no effect on this summons.) All other requests to be excused will be reviewed by the judge and may require supporting documentation as set forth on the reverse page of the questionnaire.
You will receive written notification ONLY if your excuse is granted. All other prospective jurors should follow the instructions on the enclosed summons. Please note that instead of excusing you, the Court may choose instead to postpone your service to a later date or to assign you to other shorter trials that may be scheduled to begin during your on-call period.
Serving on a case such as this is a service to your country and community. It is an important obligation of citizenship and is greatly appreciated by this Court.
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