Hubby got a summons last month, instructing him that he was "on call" for April. He was not enthused. Just getting back to work full-time, and service calls really starting to pick up as farmers go out to check their fields and pivots. One day off eliminates all overtime pay for the week, and that's no small thing. Especially right now.
The only "excuses" they accept are if you're a felon on parole (he's not), don't speak English (he does), aren't a citizen (he is), has recently served as a juror (he hasn't), or has a "doctor's note" to excuse him for medical reasons. We didn't figure out how to make that one work. His brother-in-law recently became a police officer, so he was able to mark "yes" to whether he was related to any law enforcement, so perhaps that will bode well.
He wasn't called this first week, anyway.
But the silly questionnaire asks about your spouse. And wouldn't you know it, *I* got a summons for May! Random, I bet!
After returning the questionnaire, you have to call a message machine each weekend prior to any dates in your month. You are to "follow the instructions of the message machine" and "report for duty if the message machine decrees it so." Well, that's not an exact quote, but that's the gist of it. I suppose it's so they can pass the buck... "Hey, don't blame me! The machine told you to show up, right?"
Really I've always thought fondly of the chance to participate in providing a piece of justice as a civic duty. Of course, that was before I had three young children to raise, educate, and otherwise look after.
If I understand it right, if your number is called, you have to show up to be selected or not. I'm not sure how long that process takes, and it doesn't say anything about children not being allowed to accompany their parent. I've thought this through, and have decided that I will have to do so - IF my number comes up. Aside from calling for help from someone hours distant, there is really no option for me but to take them along.
Do you suppose they'll find me more or less suitable with my three extra appendages? :)