Absent jurors may face fines and possible jail time

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Tuesday, the trial for Kevin O’Brien was declared a mistrial after six jurors did not show up to court.

O’Brien’s trial is now rescheduled for September.

But what will happen to those six jurors that did not show up for jury duty?

Each of those jurors could be facing fines and a possibility of jail time for not showing up today.

Each will be served by a deputy with a date and time when they will have to go before the judge to explain and show proof of why they missed their duty.

It is then up to the judge to decide how each person will be punished. Medical issues or a death in the family are a few of the reasonable excuses.

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While this is not a common problem, it is a serious one, and the circuit court wants to remind you of the seriousness of missing jury duty.

If you have an emergency that will not allow you to make the trial, be sure to call the circuit court in the county that you are serving for.

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