From the NY Post:
More than one-third, or 35 percent, of Queens residents ignore their jury-duty notices — the highest in the five boroughs.
“We’re dealing with thousands of people, and we just don’t have the staff,” said Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, who acts as the commissioner of jurors.
In fact, Pheffer, a former assemblywoman, said the office stopped bothering to impose fines as it upgrades its jury-selection system.
Using voter-registration, motor-vehicle, tax and election records, the five city clerks blindly sent out more than 800,000 jury notices last year — not knowing if the residents are alive, living in another state, or didn’t understand what a jury summons is.
Recipients are supposed to show up at the courthouse or request a postponement — but many just ignore the notices.