Show Up or Show Cause: Dallas County District Courts Get Tough on Absent Prospective Jurors

, Texas Lawyer


For years, the citizens of Dallas County could ignore a jury summons without facing any consequences. But that changed on July 18, when a new Jury Services Court issued four show-cause contempt orders to people who allegedly failed to show up to perform their civic duty on more than one occasion. 191st District Court Judge Gena Slaughter, who issued the four show-cause orders.

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