Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:40pm EDT

1 of 3. IV, a 5 year-old German Shepherd dog belonging to Barrett Griner IV, is seen in an undated photo in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

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(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.

A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey's Cumberland County said on Wednesday.

Barrett Griner IV, of Bridgeton, said he opened a jury summons on Friday addressed to "IV Griner," the name of his 5-year-old dog.

"It was just funny," he said. "I got mail for my dog."

The court did not actually request that a dog serve on a jury, said Mark Sprock, the local trial court administrator. He said a computer probably misread Griner's numerical suffix IV as his first name.

"It probably picked up that IV, which is usually after his name, from one of the databases and put it into his first name slot in the jury system," Sprock said.

Typically, someone getting such an erroneous jury summons can call the court offices and the error will be fixed, he said.

Griner, 40, who works as a treatment plant operator at the local water department, said he hasn't yet made that call.

"I hope that the judge finds it kind of humorous," he said. "That's all I need is to have the local county and judge think I'm making a mockery of his courtroom."

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
Bobo9 wrote:
I’ve served on jury duty 8 times over the years, & considering some of the whackos I’ve had to sit with in the jury box I think I’d take the dog’s judgement over a lot of them.

Apr 17, 2014 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
oldtimer78 wrote:
A pity the article didn’t say how the dog’s name is to be pronounced.

Is it IVY Griner? or Four Griner?

I presume his owner’s name is pronounced Barrett Griner four. His father, grandfather and greatgrandfather were all called Barrett. Does he have a son?

Apr 17, 2014 1:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrg wrote:
Barrett, the jury summons is for you. You can’t keep using that ‘my dog ate my homework excuse’.

Apr 17, 2014 10:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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