I called the DC Superior Court jury office three times before I got through. When I finally reached them, this is the conversation I had:
"Hi. I'm calling about a summons I received."
"I'm currently serving on a jury for the US Courts…so…"
"You're on a trial right now?" She asked.
"Yes." I said.
"You're on jury duty right now?" She asked again.
"Yes. And I'm wondering if I can be excused…"
"Well, we can excuse you for that over there. They don't do the same for us, but we can excuse you."
I said, "Oh, that's great. So what do I need to do?"
"You have to get a letter from them and fax it to us. They'll know the letter…they do it all the time. Here's the fax number…"
"Hang on," I said, "I'm on the move. They just let us out for lunch. This is going on for six weeks. Ok, give it to me."
"Six weeks? Woo!" She gives me the number. "Do you have your juror number handy? Is that a problem?"
"No, no, I have it right here." I read her the number.
She reads my name, "Is that you?"
"Ok, I'll make a note in the computer."
"Great. Thank you so much."
Now that was easy, wasn't it? After I had my lunch I stopped by the jury office in the US Court and the fellow there said he'd fax the letter for me. I feel much better now!
Grateful for: a valid excuse.