As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that one of the most crucial aspects of our justice system is the members of the public selected to the jury charged with weighing up the evidence in order to ensure that justice is indeed done. As it happened, I was called to attend jury duty myself this past week. Although the case did not end up going to trial, I had been looking forward to the possibility of being selected and serving a different - but just as valuable – role in the courtroom than I am used to.
Yes, there is no doubt about it – without everyday citizens, our legal system would just simply not function as well as it does. Whenever an accidental injury case goes to trial, the jury is the accident victim’s last chance to make the liable insurance company pay up so that the injury victim can receive the medical care that they need.
Imagine my disappointment, then, to learn that some conmen are attempted to scam would-be jurors in Tarrant County. Over the past few days, Tarrant County court officials have received a number of calls questioning the validity of calls they have received saying that there is a warrant against them for missing jury duty.
According to reports, victims receive phone calls claiming to be from the court that say they have failed to report for jury duty and that they must pay a fine over the phone or risk being arrested.
Court officials want to let the public know that this is a scam. Although there are penalties in place for not turning up when summoned to jury duty, the court would not call you to take your credit card number over the phone.
If you receive such a call, do not give the caller any personal or financial information, and instead call the court directly to confirm whether or not what they say is true. A simple Google search will allow you to find the number of the relevant court.