Wood County Courts are cracking down on penalties for those who skip jury duty obligations

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County Courts say it’s having more issues with jurors skipping out on jury duty than ever before.

Judge Beane has proposed a "show cause order," for the first time since he's been on the bench.

He says this could mean a Sherriff Deputy physically tracking a juror down who did not appear for jury duty, at home or even their job.

Judge Beane also says those who don't have a sufficient reason for why they didn't show up for court, could be fined or even held in contempt.

Judge John Beane says, “Within the past month or so, for the first time it happened that we didn’t have enough grand jurors to proceed. Well then that Intel’s a lot of expense to the county and to the state. They call in officers and witnesses and subpoena people. Other jurors that do show up get paid, and it’s a waste of their time as well as their officers, prosecutors and everyone else that is involved.”

Wood County Sheriff’s Department wants to warn the public about scammers asking for money for those who failed to appear for jury duty.
Sheriff Steve Stephens says that the department will never ask for payment over the phone.

Anyone that has doubts when they receive a call for jury duty should verify with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

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