Brooksville, Fla. – A judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit issues an order to show just cause for failure to appear for jury duty in Hernando County.
Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr. of the Fifth Judicial Circuit felt it was his duty to require an issuance of Orders to Show Cause for persons failing to appear for jury duty. Judge Merritt’s first order several months ago did not bring results to get perspective jurors to the courthouse.
Several trials were unable to move forward on September 10, 2014 when jurors failed to appear for duty. A Circuit Court trial involving a deadly weapon and stabbing, with a possible 15-year sentence had to be postponed at considerable expense to the public.
Judge Merritt has deemed it completely unacceptable for the public to ignore jury duty in his press release.