Fifth Grader Gets Surprising Invitation To Jury Duty

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

A Pennsylvania fifth grader who was accidentally summoned for jury duty received an exemption from court on Monday.

Eleven-year-old Boy Scout Luke Fox received a jury duty summons to appear at Chester County Court March 28, according to FOX 29. “I was really excited!” Luke said, upon receiving the surprising invitation. His mom, Jeanette Fox, knew it was probably a mistake, considering Pennsylvania people begin getting summoned for jury duty at age 18.

“Luke came running into me, ‘Mom, mom I got jury duty;’ and I was like, ‘What?’ I was completely flabbergasted,” Jeanette said. Jeanette explained that she went online to correct the error, however, there was no way to write on the summoning card that her son’s underage.

Jeanette called the court to explain the error, considering her son was still under summons. Despite Luke being too young to do his civic duty, he still takes an active role in his community, like organizing a food drive.

The error was eventually fixed, despite Luke wanting to serve on a jury. He previously toured the Chester County Courthouse during a field trip in 2017.

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