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District Court faces jury dodger problem


November 1, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

The jury box stands ready in the state District Courtroom in the Hill County Courthouse Monday. Hill County officials - along with others throughout the state and the nation - say the problem of people not showing up for jury duty is increasing.

A Hill County courthouse official says jury dodgers have progressively increased in the last few years.

The trend of people not responding to jury duty summonses, as far as she's seen, started around 2014 and has "continuously gotten worse," Hill County District Clerk of Court Kathie Vigliotti said.

Like other clerks in Montana, Vigliotti said she pulls an extra 10 to 20 jurors to make up for the anticipated number who will not respond.

The most common excuses people give for not showing up, Vigliotti said, are they forgot, they never received a summons, they moved or they were out of to...

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