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Do your (jury) duty

Practically every high school civics class covers the court system and jury duty. It’s one of those important civic responsibilities. If you get a jury duty notice, you go and serve.

Not always. About 40 people in Franklin and Southampton counties got their notices and either didn’t show, or failed to return a questionnaire.

Circuit Judge Rodham H. Delk Jr. wants to know why and has scheduled show cause hearings for every single one of them this Friday, according to the Tidewater News.

Circuit Clerk Rick Francis said the judge probably won’t throw anyone in jail. But Delk could find them in contempt of court, among other penalties.

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