As above, send a letter advising the court that you are travelling abroad and therefore are not available. Avoid telling the court that you do not live in the USA. The court should rescind your summons and put you back into the pool of potential jurors for a future case. It would be preferable to have someone hand deliver your request to the court if that is possible. This way, you'll know immediately whether or not your request has been successful. Otherwise, if you do not receive a reply from the court and it is getting close to the date you have been ordered to appear you may need to call to verify that you have been removed from the potential juror list.*
Try not to leave this to the last minute. Not appearing as ordered may affect the status your driver license and possibly result in a warrant that might prove inconvenient the next time you try to fly home.*
If the letter doesn't work for some reason, hire a paralegal (cheaper than a lawyer) or have a family member appear on your behalf to explain to the court why you are not there. Travelling as an excuse should work once, but it might not work the next time, should that day ever arrive.*
thanks, I replied to their email address and am waiting for a reply. As for the passport stamp. They stopped stamping passports in the US and the last time I arrived in the DR they too did not stamp it. I asked both places and they said not necessary.
I never received a response from the time I did the e-mail route.
Been back and forth several times in 2-3 years since.
No problems, no further letters, etc.
Many years earlier also got a notice of jury duty, my son called them and explained that I was out of the country. Took a few times for him to repeat it to the clerk, he asked what part of out of the country did they not understand, they were not too bright I was told.
My daughter who lives in Germany got jury duty assignment. ( because she has a N.J. drivers licience)
I went to the county court house and explained the situation to the jury department and they removed her from the rolls. Very easy in Ocean County. I assume Atlantic would be the same.
Check with a lawyer in your State. My angle would be, you were never properly served with a legal process requiring you to appear, i.e. a regular mail letter got forwarded to you but nothing certified for which you would have personally signed a postal receipt, and certainly no bureaucrat from your State went to DR to serve the papers.
I got a notice (or my ex did) about 7 years ago. I never did anything. I figured that if there was a problem I would use my passport to show that I was out of the country.
Probably a better idea to send a letter but I never had any problem from being a no show.