Shasta County, Calif -- The Shasta County Superior Court is cracking down on residents ditching jury duty by substantially increasing fees.
Court officials say the first time someone receives an order to show, the first sanction will be $250.
These increases come after last summer when the court summoned more than a thousand people for jury duty, and only 343 people showed up causing some lengthy trials and criminal cases to be dismissed.
So officials say they hope by increasing the fees people will fulfill their duty.
"We’ve done our best to work with people. So its not an unpleasant experience," said Court Executive Officer, Melissa Fowler-Bradley.
However, while some residents agree everyone needs to go to jury duty when they’re summoned.
Others say these penalties will not push people to show up.
"if you fine people they still come along and don't pay it "said Redding resident Carol Bain.
But the shasta county superior court is not giving up on having residents fulfill their civic duty.
"We’re trying to get our point across this isn’t something you couldn’t get out of. Its an obligation of citizenships. And when you receive a jurors summons if you don’t show up we’re going to follow through," Fowler-Bradley.
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