Hellosailor - I don't know where you live - it is not listed in your profile - but it must not be Florida
. I am from Florida
and a significant percentage of the Cruisers in the Caribbean
use Florida as their tax/etc. domicile and have Florida driver licenses, etc. NONE of us do Jury Duty. We file a letter or have a relative personally inform the Clerk of the Court that we are on an extended sailing cruise
and will not be back for a year or years. The Clerk strikes our name from the list (they use driver's licenses as the source of jurors in Florida) and we never hear from them again. Simple, quick and easy. However, if you are actually living in Florida on land and only sailing short trips (Bahamas) then you are not able to be removed - however, not being able to return without significant costs (e.g. airline tickets) is a viable excuse to the Clerk. They are intelligent people and know that they have to call 100 or more people to Jury Duty to be able to get enough after rejections and disqualifications by lawyers to seat a jury. The Clerks and Courts are not out to "piss off" the population. Florida moved the calling pool from Registered Voters to Drivers Licenses as too many people were dropping their voter registrations to get out of the "pool." And they picked Drivers Licenses so that those who could not get to the Courthouse because they could not drive where likewise eliminated. I have been called and served on a jury in Florida and one of the valid excuses was "significant monetary loss" which fits with being outside of Florida and requiring air transportation. Bottom line, Jury Duty is not a problem or limiting factor in going cruising.
- - Interestingly, the jury I was called for was for a poor man who got shafted by his ex-wife and mother-in-law and was really behind the eight ball, so was counter-suing for damages. The lawyer questioned me about my thoughts on the situation and I gave them as much bigoted, hard line, thrice burned divorce victim, as I could stretch the truth legally - thinking I would be tossed off the jury. Didn't work, I ended up as foreman with a jury of very low economic level peers doing their duty. Cut and dry case and the poor guy was asking for only $50K in compensation (more then 5 years pay for him). We all agreed he should be paid but the other jurors also thought that was a enormous amount of money
. It took a note to the judge to find out if we could set whatever amount of money
we thought "just" or we were capped by his request. The judge said we were the jury and we could do what we wanted in that area. It took me a couple of hours to explain to the others that the poor sap was never going to be able to collect anyway since his 'ex' was living outside Florida. And I have been routinely sued for mega millions for this and that. I was trying to get the jury up to $5M but was only able to get the jury to agree to $500K. To them that was a sum of money somewhere out near Jupiter and they did not know that the lawyer got 50% of the award
. A lot of fun and very enlightening.